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Live Reporting

By George Bowden and Claire Heald

All times stated are UK

  1. Prince Andrew: I’ve never really partied

    The prince adds that he is not sure why he is perceived as the “party prince”. “I don’t know why I’ve collected that title because… I never have really partied,” he says.

    The prince says that “going to Jeffrey’s was not about partying, absolutely not”.

  2. Analysis: Opportunity but also risk

    Jonny Dymond

    BBC royal correspondent

    Worth bearing in mind what an event this is; for Prince Andrew to sit down with a top interviewer and face questions on this issue that has dogged him for so long.

    There’s a real opportunity here, for the prince draw a line under the allegations. But there a massive risk too that his answers do not satisfy a really critical public

  3. Maitlis: You were perceived as the ‘party prince’

    The prince is asked whether the public perception of his party lifestyle was something he shared with Epstein.

    He responds to say he think that’s “a bit of a stretch”.

  4. Prince Andrew: Epstein brought people together

    The prince says Epstein had an “extraordinary ability to bring extraordinary people together”.

    He adds that he remembers attending dinner parties hosted by Epstein alongside academics, politicians, and people from the United Nations.

    He describes those who attended as “US eminents”.

  5. Maitlis: How did you meet Epstein?

    The prince is asked how he first came to meet Jeffrey Epstein. “All of this goes back to your friendship with Jeffrey Epstein, how did you first become friends? How did you meet?”

    Prince Andrew says he first met Epstein through the American’s girlfriend, the socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, in 1999.

    The prince says he saw Epstein at most three times a year. He says Epstein would lend his properties to him if he was in the United States, even if the financier was not there.

    “But it would be a considerable stretch to say that he was a very, very close friend,” he adds.

  6. Prince Andrew: There’s no good time to talk about Epstein

    Prince Andrew says “there is no good time to talk about Mr Epstein and all things associated” with him.

    He adds discussions had been going on with Newsnight for about six months and that the interview is “a very good opportunity”.

  7. Interview begins

    Emily Maitlis starts by highlighting the “highly unusual circumstances” of the interview with Prince Andrew.

    She begins by asking why the prince has chosen this moment to talk about his links to Jeffrey Epstein.

  8. Exclusive begins

    BBC Newsnight's world-exclusive interview with the Duke of York, Prince Andrew, begins on BBC Two and BBC World News.

    Over the next hour, we'll hear testimony from the heart of the British Royal Family.

  9. Queen approved interview

    Queen Elizabeth II

    The Queen approved tonight’s Newsnight interview with Prince Andrew.

    Producers had discussed the prospect of an interview with the prince’s staff for at least six months and talks intensified following Epstein’s death.

    Presenter Emily Maitlis said on Friday that approval for the interview came from the highest level – the Queen – on Monday or early on Tuesday. Ms Maitlis sat down to interview the prince on Thursday.

  10. Timeline: Prince’s ties to Epstein

    Prince Andrew

    The controversy surrounding Epstein and his death in August saw attention turn to some of the American financier’s high-profile connections – including Prince Andrew.

    Our timeline tracks their relationship.

  11. Explained: Who was Jeffrey Epstein?

    Jeffrey Epstein

    Jeffrey Epstein, a US financier, died in a New York prison cell on 10 August this year as he awaited trial on sex trafficking charges.

    It came more than a decade after his conviction for soliciting prostitution from a minor, for which he was registered as a sex offender.

    The 66-year-old was accused of running a "vast network" of underage girls for sex. He pleaded not guilty.

    Who was he?

    Read more here.

  12. Welcome

    Prince Andrew and Emily Maitlis

    Welcome to our live coverage as the Duke of York, Prince Andrew, speaks to BBC Newsnight’s Emily Maitlis about his relationship with convicted US sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and allegations made about the prince’s own conduct.

    The interview for Newsnight was recorded in Buckingham Palace on Thursday and is on air at 21:00 GMT on BBC Two and BBC World News.