Mon. Jun 27th, 2022

My colleagues Harry Taylor and Rachel Hall have put together this timeline charting the fall of Prince Andrew, once second-in-line to the throne, who was accused of sexual assault at the age of 41.

The stripping of the Duke of York’s military roles and royal patronages marked a nadir for the Queen’s second son, since sexual assault accusations arose amid concern over his relationship with the convicted child sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. It was a fall from grace for the 61-year-old, who was once second-in-line to the throne.

19 February 1960

Prince Andrew is born at Buckingham Palace, becoming the first child born to a reigning monarch since Princess Beatrice to Queen Victoria.


Andrew joins the Royal Navy as a trainee helicopter pilot. He studies at Dartmouth naval college and completes Royal Marines courses.


The prince serves in the Falklands war, after Argentinian forces invade the British overseas territory in the south Atlantic. He served on HMS Invincible as a Sea King helicopter co-pilot.


Andrew is promoted to lieutenant, and the Queen makes him her personal aide-de-camp. He serves aboard HMS Brazen as a flight pilot until 1986.

July 1986

Thousands line the streets in central London as Andrew marries Sarah Ferguson at Westminster Abbey, and on the same day the Queen makes him Duke of York, Earl of Inverness and Baron Killyleagh. They have two daughters, Princess Beatrice, born in August 1988 and Princess Eugenie, born in March 1990.

March 1992

He and the Duchess of York announce they are to separate. Divorce is finalised in May 1996, although the two remain close.


Andrew is reportedly introduced to Epstein, an investment banker and financier, through a mutual friend, Ghislaine Maxwell – the daughter of the late media tycoon Robert Maxwell. A photograph that comes to light during Maxwell’s 2021 trial for sex trafficking shows her and Epstein at the Queen’s Balmoral residence that year.


Epstein, Maxwell and Andrew are seen at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club in Florida. Later that year, Epstein and Maxwell attend a joint birthday party at Windsor Castle hosted by the Queen, and the prince throws a shooting weekend for Maxwell’s birthday.

March 2001

According to Virginia Giuffre, Andrew sexually assaults her at Maxwell’s home in Belgravia, London and also twice more, at Epstein’s New York home and at an “orgy” on his private island in the Caribbean when she was 17.

The allegation has prompted a comprehensive denial from the Duke of York.

July 2001

Andrew retires from the Royal Navy as commander. He was later promoted to rear admiral in 2010 and vice admiral in 2015.

The government appoints him as special representative for international trade and investment. He represents the UK at trade fairs and conferences around the world.

December 2010

The prince visits Epstein in New York, after his release from prison for pleading guilty to prostituting minors. They are photographed walking through Central Park.

May 2010

The Duchess of York is filmed by a tabloid reporter claiming the prince would meet a donor and pass on business contacts if she received £500,000.

July 2011

Andrew quits his trade envoy role after a furore about him visiting Epstein in New York after he had been jailed for sexual offences. Ferguson also admits accepting money from Epstein to pay off debts.

April 2015

Allegations that Andrew had sex with Giuffre emerge in court documents in Florida related to Epstein. They say she was forced to have sex with him when she was 17, which is under the age of consent under Florida law. Buckingham Palace denies the allegations.

August 2019

Epstein is found dead in his jail cell after being re-arrested and charged with sex trafficking.

Stewart Maclean

As the prospect of a civil court case disappears, it’s likely that Newsnight’s interview with Prince Andrew will now remain the fullest account in his own words of the Duke’s relationship with Jeffrey Epstein. If you missed it, you can watch it here:

February 15, 2022

November 2019

Andrew steps back from public duties “for the foreseeable future” after a disastrous BBC TV interview where he claims he could not have had sex with Giuffre because he was at home after a visit to Pizza Express in Woking, that her description of his dancing with her beforehand could not be true because he was unable to sweat and that he had “no recollection of ever meeting this lady”.

12 January 2022

A New York judge rejects the prince’s attempts to throw out a sexual abuse civil lawsuit brought against him by Giuffre.

13 January 2022

The Queen strips her son of a range of military affiliations and royal patronages after more than 150 veterans write to describe their “upset and anger”.

14 January

Giuffre requests testimony from Andrew’s former assistant, Robert Olney, on grounds she has “reason to believe” that he has “relevant information about Prince Andrew’s relationship with Jeffrey Epstein”.

15 January

Andrew’s lawyers ask to question Giuffre’s husband and psychologist on grounds that she may have “false memories”.

18 January

Shukri Walker, who may have seen Andrew with Giuffre at a London nightclub 20 years ago, says she is “willing” to provide testimony in Giuffre’s civil lawsuit. Her lawyer said “she remembers the night clearly because she never saw a royal before or since”.

26 January

In legal filings submitted to the New York court, Andrew denies that he was a co-conspirator of Epstein and that the disgraced financier trafficked girls to him, and insists on a jury trial. His lawyers also reiterate their previously unsuccessful claim that Giuffre’s 2009 settlement with Epstein shields Andrew from litigation.

5 February

A date in March is set for Andrew to give evidence under oath.

15 February

In a remarkable turnaround, Andrew reaches a settlement in principle with Giuffre in which he agrees to make a “substantial donation” to a charity, and accepts that Giuffre “suffered as an established victim of abuse”. In a document submitted to the New York court, Andrew says he regrets his association with Epstein.

You can also view the timeline here: The fall of Prince Andrew – a timeline


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