Loose Women star Denise Welch blasts Prince Andrew for making ‘disrespectful’ comments about Princess Diana in dinner party row

Loose Women star Denise Welch blasts Prince Andrew for making ‘disrespectful’ comments about Princess Diana in dinner party row

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LOOSE Women star Denise Welch claimed Prince Andrew made “disrespectful” comments about Princess Diana during a row at a dinner party.

The broadcaster said she was “really upset” by the Duke of York’s remarks, which she claimed he made shortly after Diana’s death.

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Denise Welch, who claims Prince Andrew made ‘disrespectful’ comments about Princess Diana[/caption]

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Welch said Andrew made the comments shortly after Diana’s death[/caption]

Welch made the revelation on Wednesday’s show during a segment discussing the royal’s relationship with dead paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

She told fellow panellists that she attended a charity event with her ex-husband Tim Healy and Andrew.

The actress said she and a cricketer, who she did not name, had decided it would be insensitive to speak about Diana.

But the prince proceeded to do so, she recalled, which made her “very, very cross”.

Welch, 61, said: “He started to say things that really, really upset me. Things that were to me very disrespectful with somebody he shouldn’t have been sharing this information with.

“Back in the day I liked a vodka or two. All I can say is he got up to leave, walked round to the top end of the table, put his hand round my then husband’s shoulder and said ‘rather you than me sir’.”

He started to say things that really, really upset me. Things that were to me very disrespectful with somebody he shouldn’t have been sharing this information with


Denise Welch

Asked by the panel whether she confronted Andrew, Welch replied: “I absolutely did tell him how I felt,” confessed Denise. “And I was very, very cross.”

Last year, Welch told of another encounter with Prince Andrew that also involved her ex-husband, who had threatened to divorce her after she had a drunken kiss with another woman.

And while Healy didn’t follow up on his threat, he used a charity do to tell the royal his wife was a lesbian, Welch said.

She told the panel: “So he [Healy] came, and Prince Andrew was there and Tim went up to him and he went, ‘Sir – Tim Healey, lovely to meet you. I have to leave, my wife’s a lesbian’.”

Welch has previously said that she thought it was a mistake for Prince Andrew to remain friends with Epstein.

On the show they read out a statement from Prince Andrew who said: “I can only reiterate my regret that I was mistaken to think that what I thought I knew of him was evidently not the real person given what we now know.”

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Welch on Wednesday’s show, discussing the row she claims she had with the Duke of York[/caption]

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Prince Andrew strongly denies any wrongdoing[/caption]

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Prince Andrew and Diana pictured together at the wedding of Lady Carolyn Herbert and John Warren at Highclere in Hampshire, July 1985[/caption]

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Denise Welch and husband Tim Healy, who she claims told Andrew: ‘My wife is a lesbian’[/caption]

Welch responded: “No. What you knew of him was that he was a convicted child abuser, so it is not a mistake. You made a conscious decision to remain firends.”

Then as she tossed the cue card with his statement behind her, she added: “So I don’t care what he says.”

Meanwhile, lawyers for one of Jeffrey Epstein’s victims blasted Prince Andrew’s claims a photo with the royal’s arm around her is a fake.

In a letter to the Duke of York they said his denials were “hurtful” to Virginia Roberts and ask to interview him about his friendship with wealthy paedophile Epstein.

Ms Roberts has alleged she was “lent out” Epstein to Andrew for sex – claims he vehemently denies.

Prince Andrew was once pictured with his arm around her when she was 17 at a party thrown by billionaire Epstein and his alleged Brit “madam” Ghislaine Maxwell.

Maxwell has also strenuously denied any wrongdoing.

DOUBTS

It has been reported the Prince and his lawyers have cast doubt on the authenticity of the pictures with sources saying the his fingers are “chubby” and do not resemble the hand seen in the infamous picture.

Epstein, 66, was found hanged in his Manhattan jail cell on August 10 as he awaited a sex trafficking trial involving girls as young as 14.

Lawyers for Ms Roberts, who also uses her married name Virginia Roberts Giuffre, have now written to the Duke of York and even offered to fly to London to speak to him.

Despite Epstein’s death, 16 of Epstein’s alleged victims were given the chance to tell their harrowing stories.

I was very, very cross


Denise Welch

Outside New York’s Southern District court in Manhattan, Ms Roberts said of Andrew: “He knows what he has done and he can attest to that.

“He knows exactly what he’s done – and I hope he comes clean about it.”

Epstein was jailed for 18 months in Florida in 2008 on charges of soliciting a minor for prostitution.

But despite the conviction, Prince Andrew continued to see Epstein – and was pictured staying with him at his £63million Manhattan mansion in 2010.

At the end of last month the Duke broke his silence is silence to express “tremendous sympathy” for Epstein’s victims in a lengthy statement issued by the Palace.

He also said it was a “mistake” seeing Epstein after his release from prison.

A previous Buckingham Palace statement has said: “The Duke of York has been appalled by the recent reports of Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged crimes.


“His Royal Highness deplores the exploitation of any human being and the suggestion he would condone, participate in or encourage any such behaviour is abhorrent.”

A spokesperson said: “It is emphatically denied that The Duke of York had any form of sexual contact or relationship with Virginia Roberts. Any claim to the contrary is false and without foundation.”

A spokeswoman for Buckingham Palace declined to comment on Welch’s claims.


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Andrew and Virginia Giuffre - then Roberts - who in 2015 claimed Andrew slept with her three times
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Andrew and Virginia Giuffre – then Roberts – who in 2015 claimed Andrew slept with her three times[/caption]

Prince Andrew was snapped strolling through a New York park with paedo pal Jeffrey Epstein in 2011
Prince Andrew was snapped strolling through a New York park with paedo pal Jeffrey Epstein in 2011
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Epstein was jailed for 18 months in Florida in 2008 on charges of soliciting a minor for prostitution[/caption]

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