CAUSE Andrew is planning to turn to disgraced actor Kevin Spacey to try to clear his name, The Sun has been told.
The VIP tour was organized by Andrew – but he wanted Spacey to tell jurors that it was he who invited his close friend Maxwell.
A source said: “Andrew invited Spacey on a tour of the Palace. She came to him – not as Andrew’s guest. ”
Andrew, 61 years old, announced in legal documents this week that 60-year-old Maxwell is not his close friend despite photographs of them together, including one showing them accuser Virginia Giuffre.
However, a Palace police officer insisted Maxwell would “come as one of the Royals”.
Spacey, 62, is said to be “at the top of the list of famous names” whom Andrew’s legal team wants to appeal to after he asked a jury for a trial on sex abuse allegations .
Buck House photos appeared two years ago and show Spacey on the throne of the late Duke of Edinburgh.
Maxwell smirks – faces 65 years in prison for sex trafficking, grooming and recruiting teenage girls for billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein – is on the Queen’s throne.
The pictures were taken during the President’s private trip at that time Bill Clinton and other VIPs.
The insider added: “The moments that go to the heart of the claims against Andrew, and the image of Ghislaine Maxwell in the most private space of Buckingham Palace look damning.
“But if Kevin can convince the jury that he is the key link to Ghislaine, rather than Andrew, it will distance the Prince somewhat from her – and that is very important.
“Andrew also believes that a talented actor and public speaker can be a very attractive asset to a jury.”
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This is in spite of Spacey faces his own sexual misconduct allegations,
At least 20 people came from the young men in 2017, alleging he approached them at the Old Vic theater between 1995 and 2013.
In 2018, Spacey was charged with indecent assault in the US. He denied the allegation, which was later dropped along with a civil lawsuit.
But Spacey lost the lead role as a sly politician on Netflix’s House of Cards and his scenes in a Ridley Scott movie has been airbrushed out.
“Using Spacey for his own affairs is a confusing move, but his testimony will add to Andrew’s argument that Ghislaine is not a close friend,” the source said.
However former royal guard officer Paul Page told Vanity Fair she could “fly into the Palace” despite being the daughter of disgraced media mogul Robert Maxwell.
Mr Page added: “But that is neither here nor there for Prince Andrew.
“As far as he knows, she is allowed in and out as she pleases.”
Mr. Page, who worked with Andrew from 1998 to 2004, continued: “We were instructed not to put her name on the visitor book.”
He said he first met Maxwell in 2001 when she appeared in a Range Rover with a chauffeur.
Around this time, Epstein and Maxwell are said to have introduced Andrew to Miss Giuffre, then 17 years old.
Epstein and Maxwell, along with the disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, also posed in a fancy dress for a moment during the 18th birthday party of Andrew’s daughter, Princess Beatrice at Windsor Castle in July 2006.
Epstein was convicted in 2008 of child prostitution. He was again arrested in 2019 on charges of sex trafficking of minors.
He died at the age of 66 in a New York cell pending trial. His death is believed to be a suicide.
And rape victim Epstein Chaunae Davies previously told The Sun how Spacey used the billionaire’s “Lolita Express” private jet – though there was no hint of any mismatch.
Hope to bring Spacey to the stands later Andrew asks for jury trial, many raised eyebrows at the prospect of his most intimate personal details being presented at public trial.
Prince Charles and Prince William are understood to have spearheaded efforts to avoid public trials to protect the family from further humiliation.
The trial will see him face to face accusations from Miss Giuffre, now 38.
Last night, a spokesman for the Duke said of Spacey: “It is clearly not true that any assistance was provided or that we accepted any assistance.”
Actor not available for comment.
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