A former model has claimed her friend slept with Prince Andrew on the orders of paedophile Jeffrey Epstein, according to a new documentary airing tonight.
Lisa Phillips, 42, who now lives in Los Angeles, alleged that she then confronted the billionaire paedophile who told her: ‘It’s nice to have things on people.’
But there is no suggestion that the Duke of York had non-consensual sex or knew of Epstein’s demands – and sources close to him dismissed the ‘baseless’ allegation.
Ms Phillips’s claims about her unnamed friend, who was in her early 20s at the time, are set be broadcast in a new four-part documentary Surviving Jeffrey Epstein on the digital channel Crime+Investigation, which begins tonight.
She claimed she first met Epstein after a photoshoot in the Caribbean 20 years ago, where he invited her and another friend to his island, Little St James.
She told The Sun: ‘I found Jeffrey very charming and he seemed really nice. I had mentioned I had lived in England and he said, ‘Oh, would you like to meet a prince?’.’
Ms Phillips, who now runs a modelling agency, added: ‘This man walked up and I recognised him as Prince Andrew. He was very nice. It was very brief.’
She said she witnessed no wrongdoing on the island and met with Epstein in the years that followed at the likes of charity events, parties and theatre shows.
But she alleged that her friend told in her in 2004 that Epstein had told her to go into a bedroom to have sex with Andrew at the billionaire’s home in New York City.
Ms Philips told the Sun: ‘I had one last conversation with Jeffrey. I said, ‘My friend told me about you instructing her to have sex with Prince Andrew’.
‘He said something like it wasn’t a big deal, that she was OK with it. I said. ‘Nobody’s OK with that — why would you do that?’. He grinned and said, ‘Oh it’s nice to have things on people’.’
But a source close to Andrew said the allegations were ‘unsourced, unverified, unsubstantiated claims, regurgitated on third-hand hearsay with no evidence’.
The documentary also hears from Andrew’s accuser Virginia Roberts, now known as Virginia Giuffre, who claimed Andrew played a guessing game about her age when they first met and compared her to his daughters.
Ms Giuffre said she was 17 when she was introduced to the Queen’s second son in London, and described him as an ‘abuser’ and ‘not the prince from the fairy tale stories you read’.
Ms Giuffre, who says she was trafficked by Epstein, alleges the Duke had sex with her on three separate occasions, including when she was 17, still a minor under US law.
Andrew has categorically denied he has had any form of sexual contact or relationship with Ms Giuffre.
The duke’s friend, British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, is awaiting trial in the US after being charged with procuring teenage girls for Epstein to abuse. She denies the charges.
In a clip released ahead of the programme, Ms Giuffre said of Andrew, who is the father of Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie: ‘Before he abused me, when we just met, Ghislaine does this guessing game and he guessed right, I was 17 and he compared me to his daughters, saying, ‘Oh, my daughters are a few years younger than you’.’
She added: ‘Prince Andrew is not the prince from the fairy tale stories you read. Andrew deserves to be outed. He deserves to be held accountable. He’s an abuser.’
Lady Victoria Hervey, formerly friends with Andrew and Maxwell, told the programme that friendship with Epstein offered the duke a form of escapism.
She said: ‘Jeffrey definitely enjoyed the idea of being friends with the Queen’s son and Prince Andrew had just gone through a divorce.
‘There’s this American billionaire that wants to fly him around the world and introduce him to people, and it was probably an escapism, really, for him.’
Christopher Mason, a journalist and also a former friend of Maxwell, said he once bumped into Andrew and Maxwell while walking in Madison Avenue in New York.
Mr Mason said: ‘He told me that he was staying at Jeffrey’s townhouse. That kind of fascinated me. It just seemed like a kind of perfect instance of the kind of people that Jeffrey was hanging out with.’
Andrew stepped down from royal public life in November following his disastrous BBC Newsnight interview, which had led to criticism of a lack of empathy for Epstein’s victims and a lack of remorse over his friendship with the convicted sex offender.
Epstein killed himself in August last year while in a New York prison awaiting trial.