Prince Andrew told the BBC that he 'ceased contact' with Epstein 'after I was aware that he was under investigation and that was later in '. He would have been 47 or 48 at the time, divorced from Sarah Ferguson, and basking in the attention he got from young women. The two seemed enamored with each other in the photographs. While his memory that he had never been to the bar at Tramp, the West End nightclub, does ring true — Andrew rarely buys his own drinks, a police bodyguard normally does that — his bizarre claim that he could not sweat puzzled many viewers. Why would people not believe that you were there with her that night? In none of us had any idea of the extent of his wrongdoing. During her teenage years, she had a rebellious side but nobody suspected she would break Royal protocol by piercing her own tongue when she was years-old. So what was it that propelled Andrew into Newsnight's embrace, allowing himself to be exposed to a potentially image-shredding humiliation?