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Prince Andrew insists he didn’t ‘see or suspect’ Jeffrey Epstein sex crimes with young girls


Prince Andrew (LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

Prince Andrew admits he royally screwed up by hanging out with late pervy multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein.

But the brother of Britain’s Prince Charles insisted on Saturday that he never saw anything criminal during his visits with Epstein, who was charged with trafficking young girls for sex.

“At no stage ... did I see, witness or suspect any behavior of the sort that subsequently led to his arrest and conviction,” Andrew said in a statement released by Buckingham Palace.

Speaking out for the first time since Epstein’s suicide, Andrew somewhat vaguely claimed he had no idea about his buddy’s misdeeds and said he feels bad for Epstein’s victims.

“His suicide has left many unanswered questions and I acknowledge and sympathize with everyone who has been affected,” said Andrew, whose title is the Duke of York.

In a carefully worded statement, Andrew effectively denied having sex with any of the young women abused by Epstein. Photos have shown him with Virginia Giuffre, who accused Epstein of forcing her to have sex with the royal when she was a teenager.

“I am at a loss to understand or explain Mr. Epstein’s lifestyle,” Andrew said. “I deplore the exploitation of any human being and would not condone, participate in or encourage any such behavior.”

Epstein was allowed to plead guilty to a lesser sex charge and given a cushy jail sentence that let him to leave every day in 2008. Despite that conviction, Andrew visited him at his palatial Manhattan mansion in 2010.

“It was a mistake and an error to see him after his release ... and I can only reiterate my regret," Andrew said.

Epstein, 66, hanged himself Aug. 10 in the Metropolitan Correctional Center as he awaited trial on federal charges of sex trafficking involving dozens of girls as young as 14.