Socialite and aristocrat dated Duke of York briefly in 1999
A former girlfriend of Prince Andrew has hit the headlines after she claimed Ghislaine Maxwell used her as “bait” to find underage girls for paedophile Jeffrey Epstein to abuse.
Lady Victoria Hervey is a socialite and aristocrat who dated the beleaguered Duke of York briefly in 1999.
Her claims about Maxwell feature in a new ITV documentary about the royal on Tuesday night.
But she also stuck up for Maxwell, saying the convicted sex offender has been a “scapegoat” in the Epstein scandal.
She has previously defended the Duke of York, ook, saying she believes he is innocent.
‘Lady V’, as she’s known, was dubbed an ‘It Girl’ while working as a model in the 1990s. She was a staple in glossy magazines and the celebrity press.
In the early 2000s, she would socialise with Maxwell, Epstein and Prince Andrew.
Nou 45, she’s a regular on TV, speaking about the three.
Appearing the new documentary, Ghislaine, Prince Andrew And The Paedophile, she suggests she was used by Maxwell to “find however many girls were needed” to entertain Epstein and his friends.
Maar, in a separate interview on Lorraine op Dinsdag, she described Maxwell as a “victim who became the accomplice”.
She said Maxwell “is a scapegoat right now because there is no-one else to blame.”
The two were once friends. Hervey says she met Maxwell and Epstein 20 jare terug, and was invited to stay at Epstein’s apartment in New York when she was “really young and naïve”.
Gebore in 1976, Lady Victoria Frederica Isabella Hervey is the eldest child of the 6th Marquess of Bristol and his third wife Yvonne, Marchioness of Bristol (née Sutton). The Hervey family have an ancestral coat of arms.
She spent the first two years of her life at Ickworth House, the family’s sprawling Sussex seat.
Lady Victoria went to Benenden School, a private boarding school in Kent, and reportedly enraged her mother by turning down a place to read French and History of Art at Bristol University.
She spent a gap year in Florence before working at advertising agencies in London.
The young Lady Victoria became a receptionist for film-maker Michael Winner, and went on to become a model.
She opened a short-lived fashion boutique called Akademi in Knightsbridge in 2000, which was reportedly visited by the likes of Victoria Beckham and Meg Mathews. But the business failed, and closed in 2001.
She made controversial comments on homelessness in 2003, sê: “It’s so bad being homeless in winter. They should go somewhere warm like the Caribbean where they can eat fresh fish all day.”
And she came under fire again in 2017 when she accused one of Harvey Weinstein’s alleged victims of being “desperate for attention”.
Hervey has starred on several reality TV programmes, including ITV’s Liefde-eiland in 2006.
She now lives in Los Angeles.
She has claimed that unless he was innocent, Prince Andrew would not have agreed to appear in the “car crash”2019 BBC interview where he responded to allegations he had had sex with a then 17-year-old girl, Virginia Roberts.
The duke is facing a civil sexual assault lawsuit from Virginia Giuffre, who alleges she was trafficked to have sex with him by Epstein when she was a minor.
The duke, who denies the allegation, was last week stripped of his honorary military roles and royal patronages after losing a legal bid to have the case thrown out.
Maxwell, Epstein’s former girlfriend and a friend of the Duke of York, was convicted on December 29 of procuring teenage girls for Epstein to abuse and will be sentenced this summer.
Epstein was found dead in his cell at a federal jail in Manhattan in August 2019 terwyl hy verhoorafwagtend was op aanklag van sekshandel. The death was ruled a suicide.