The brother of British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell said he recognises the setting of a well-known photo showing Prince Andrew next to Virginia Giuffre.Ghislaine Maxwell, the former girlfriend of the late convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, has previously cast doubt on the authenticity of the photo, said to be taken inside her Mayfair home, showing Prince Andrew with his arm around Ms Giuffre.Prince Andrew has also questioned the validity of the image of him with Ms Giuffre, formerly known as Virginia Roberts.
Ghislaine Maxwell is the former girlfriend of the late convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein (Chris Ison/PA)
Ms Giuffre, who claims she was trafficked by financier Epstein, alleges the duke had sex with her on three separate occasions.
Andrew has categorically denied he has had any form of sexual contact or relationship with Ms Giuffre.
Maxwell is in a US prison, awaiting trial on charges that she recruited three teenage girls for Epstein to sexually abuse between 1994 and 1997.
Her brother Ian Maxwell has said he does not know anything about the photograph, but said that he recognises the setting of where it was taken.
During an interview on BBC Radio 4s Today programme, Mr Maxwell was asked about what he knows about the photograph.
The Queen and the Duke of York at a church service (Joe Giddens/PA)
He replied: I dont know anything about the photograph other than that Ive seen its been published.
This is outside the case that my sister is facing.
And I know its interest to your listeners, but nonetheless Im not here to talk about that photograph.
He was then asked: But do you recognise the setting of that? Was it taken in Ghislaines house in London?
Mr Maxwell replied: I do recognise that setting.
Prince Andrew has said he has no recollection of meeting Ms Giuffre and cast doubt on the picture, claiming he is not one to hug or display affection in public.
In an interview with BBC Newsnight in 2019, Prince Andrew said while he recognises himself in the picture with Ms Giuffre, he claimed it is not possible to prove whether the image had been faked.
He also claimed the picture could not have been taken in London, as he was in his travelling clothes.
Ms Giuffre insisted to BBC Panorama the photo was authentic and said she gave the original to the FBI in 2011.
Ghislaine Maxwell is awaiting trial in the US (Jim James/PA)
Asked if it is possible that Prince Andrew will be called as a witness in his sisters defence, Mr Maxwell told the Today programme: I cant answer that. I just dont know is the short answer.
He was asked if his sister still considers Prince Andrew a friend, and he said: I dont know. I would assume that she does, yes.
Mr Maxwell told the programme his sister is in effective isolation and is under 24-hour surveillance with 10 cameras.
He said she is not a suicide risk and described how she is being dealt with in prison as a grotesque overreaction.
Mr Maxwell said he cant go into discussing the relationship of Ghislaine with Jeffrey Epstein, adding: I didnt see them together I think only once in my entire life in a social situation.
Last week, Mr Maxwell told the Daily Telegraph that the American justice system which he described as bizarre and cruel must grant bail to his much loved sister, adding that her family is solidly behind her.
According to court documents released last October, Maxwell denied finding under-age sexual partners for Prince Andrew and cast doubts on accounts by the royals accuser, including a claim that sex took place in a bath.
Accusing Ms Giuffre of a tissue of lies, Maxwell said the bath at her home in Mayfair was too small for any sexual activity.
Maxwell repeatedly denied any memory of the circumstances around Ms Giuffres claim that Andrew slept with her when she was 17 still a minor under US law.
The Duke of York has denied any wrongdoing (Steve Parsons/PA)
In the deposition transcript, from a since settled defamation case brought by Ms Giuffre, Maxwell accused the now mother-of-three of lying.
She denied all Ms Giuffres sex allegations.
In the deposition, Maxwell also cast doubt on the authenticity of the photo showing Andrew with his arm around Ms Giuffre, with Maxwell in the background, purportedly taken at her London home.
Maxwell said the surroundings in the photo looked familiar, but also said: We cant really establish the photograph and all that, adding: I dont know if thats true, if thats a real picture or not.
But, in the combative display, she went on to say: Just for the record, I have never at any time, at any place, in any moment, ever asked Virginia Roberts, or whatever she is called now, to have sex with anybody.
The transcript includes mention of an email allegedly sent to Maxwell by Prince Andrew on January 3 2015, saying let me know when we can talk. Got some specific questions to ask you about Virginia Roberts.
Maxwell said she had spoken to Andrew at some point about Ms Roberts/Giuffre, and that the two had discussed just what a liar she is.
Ms Giuffre has alleged Maxwell recruited her at the age of 17 to be sexually abused from 1999 to 2002.
Prince Andrew has withdrawn from official public duties after the disastrous Newsnight interview about his relationship with Epstein, which saw him criticised for showing little sympathy with the disgraced financiers victims.
Epstein was 66 when he killed himself in jail in New York in August 2019 while awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges.