'Nuclear explosion level bad': How US press reported Prince Andrew interview.

Prince Andrew’s attempted defence of his controversial friendship with billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein has made waves across the Atlantic, where media outlets observed the Duke of York endured a “car crash” interview.

Widespread criticism in Britain of the duke’s response to questioning during a BBC Newsnight special on Saturday did not escape the attention of press in the US.

During the course of the interview, Andrew discussed allegations he had underage sex with teenage girls, and addressed his friendship with Epstein, who was found dead in a New York City jail earlier this year while facing sex crime charges.

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The duke said he had “let the side down” by visiting Epstein in New York City when he was released from jail after pleading guilty to paedophilia charges.

When confronted with allegations he had engaged in sex repeatedly with accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre, Prince Andrew rebutted the claims, insisting he does not recall meeting Ms Giuffre and suggesting a photograph of the pair together may have been “doctored”.

Jeffrey Epstein: Controversies surrounding paedophile billionaire

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Jeffrey Epstein: Controversies surrounding paedophile billionaire

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Billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein attends court as he pleads guilty to solicitation and procuring a person under the age of 18 for prostitution, 2008

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Jeffrey Epstein in court

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Billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein pleaded guilty in 2008 to felony solicitation and procuring a person under the age of 18 for prostitution. He was sentenced to 18 months in jail. Epstein, allegedly paid several girls under the age of 18 in return for naked massages at his Palm Beach, Florida estate

Jeffrey Epstein's car

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Jeffrey Epstein is whisked away from the Palm Beach County jail in a black car shortly after 6am on 22 July 2009. Epstein left the jail through the sally port, where prisoners are brought in, rather than through the main doors where prisoners are routinely released

Jeffrey Epstein's mugshot

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Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein's mugshot, taken after he was indicted for soliciting a prostitute on 26 July 2006. Beginning in mid-March 2005, Epstein became the target of a sexual battery probe conducted by the Palm Beach Police Department, according to the affidavit, which alleges that Epstein paid a series of underage girls to engage in sexual activity with him. In a 2002 New York magazine profile of Epstein, Donald Trump called the moneyman a 'terrific guy' who 'likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side.' Epstein, who reportedly runs a multibillion-dollar investment fund, travels in his own Boeing 727 (upon which he has transported Bill Clinton to Africa) and owns a 45,000-square-foot mansion on Manhattan's Upper East Side

Jack Goldberger, Jeffrey Epstein's attorney

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Jeffrey Epstein's attorney, Jack Goldberger, talks with reporters gathered outside the Palm Beach County jail on 22 July 2009 after Epstein was whisked away from the jail in a black car

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Florida Police department sexual offenders database picture of Jeffrey Epstein taken in 2013

Jeffrey Epstein's island

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General views of Jeffrey Epstein's private Caribbean island, Little St James, part of the US Virgin Islands

Jeffrey Epstein's mansion

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Jeffrey Epstein's Palm Beach mansion in Florida

Jeffrey Epstein in court

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Billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein attends court as he pleads guilty to solicitation and procuring a person under the age of 18 for prostitution, 2008

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Jeffrey Epstein in court

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Billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein pleaded guilty in 2008 to felony solicitation and procuring a person under the age of 18 for prostitution. He was sentenced to 18 months in jail. Epstein, allegedly paid several girls under the age of 18 in return for naked massages at his Palm Beach, Florida estate

Jeffrey Epstein's car

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Jeffrey Epstein is whisked away from the Palm Beach County jail in a black car shortly after 6am on 22 July 2009. Epstein left the jail through the sally port, where prisoners are brought in, rather than through the main doors where prisoners are routinely released

Jeffrey Epstein's mugshot

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Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein's mugshot, taken after he was indicted for soliciting a prostitute on 26 July 2006. Beginning in mid-March 2005, Epstein became the target of a sexual battery probe conducted by the Palm Beach Police Department, according to the affidavit, which alleges that Epstein paid a series of underage girls to engage in sexual activity with him. In a 2002 New York magazine profile of Epstein, Donald Trump called the moneyman a 'terrific guy' who 'likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side.' Epstein, who reportedly runs a multibillion-dollar investment fund, travels in his own Boeing 727 (upon which he has transported Bill Clinton to Africa) and owns a 45,000-square-foot mansion on Manhattan's Upper East Side

Jack Goldberger, Jeffrey Epstein's attorney

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Jeffrey Epstein's attorney, Jack Goldberger, talks with reporters gathered outside the Palm Beach County jail on 22 July 2009 after Epstein was whisked away from the jail in a black car

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Florida Police department sexual offenders database picture of Jeffrey Epstein taken in 2013

Jeffrey Epstein's island

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General views of Jeffrey Epstein's private Caribbean island, Little St James, part of the US Virgin Islands

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Jeffrey Epstein's Palm Beach mansion in Florida

The royal has repeatedly denied engaging in any unlawful acts.

The interview was widely covered in American press, including a headline from the New York Post focussing on his defence of allegations relating to Ms Roberts Giuffre. “Prince Andrew claims photo with Epstein ‘sex slave’ is fake because he doesn’t hug”, the tabloid wrote.

The New York Times, said Britain had been “appalled” by the programme, adding viewers had been left “incredulous” by the answers Andrew gave in response to a “polite-but-relentless grilling” from presenter Emily Maitlis.

Meanwhile, The Washington Post’s coverage highlighted analysis by Charlie Proctor, editor of the Royal Central website, who branded the interview “nuclear explosion level bad’.

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US Today focused on the duke’s claim he had no recollection of posing for a photograph with Ms Roberts Giuffre, along with his suggestion the photo may have been doctored.

CNN reported that the interview was widely regarded as a “car-crash”, adding the British media had “lambasted” the prince over his performance.

CBS News observed the interview was a “high-stakes gamble” for the duke, suggesting UK press believed he had been left with no other choice by to address the scandal after “months of tawdry headlines”.

Bloomberg however took a slightly different approach on its Twitter account, drawing attention to dozens of satirical reviews posted for the Woking branch of Pizza Express, after Prince Andrew claimed he had been at the restaurant on the night he is alleged to have had sex with Ms Roberts Giuffre in 2001.​

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