Prince Andrew is facing claims that he has had more than 1,000 lovers in more lurid allegations following the suicide of Jeffrey Epstein.
According to the Sun, close friends say sex is ‘a big thing’ in Prince Andrew’s life, though they insisted that he is ‘not into young girls’.
The Duke of York has faced intense scrutiny in recent weeks after his close relationship with billionaire paedophile Epstein was revealed, with photos showing him with his arm around the waist of the disgraced financier’s ‘sex slave’ Virginia Roberts, then aged 17.
However, Andrew, according to the friend, is just into ‘straightforward sex’ and has never slept with teenagers.
The source added that the Duke of York has balanced a ‘playboy’ lifestyle with his royal duties and responsibilities to his family.
Prince Andrew’s playboy lifestyle and apparent desire for new relationships is also the reason he hasn’t re-married Sarah Ferguson, friends claim
The Duke of York has faced intense scrutiny in recent weeks after a picture emerged of him with his arm around the waist of Epstein ‘sex slave’ Virginia Roberts when she was 17
Andrew’s apparent desire for new relationships is also the reason he hasn’t re-married Sarah Ferguson, his inner circle claim, though the former couple remain close.
The friend said: ‘He doesn’t drink, he doesn’t smoke and he doesn’t take drugs and never has, but sex is his big thing in life.
‘He was known as Randy Andy for a reason when he was younger and it’s never really stopped.
‘Travelling all over the world as the UK trade ambassador and for other royal duties has given him access to some beautiful women and he’s taken full advantage.’
Prince Andrew was introduced to Epstein in the 1990s and remained a friend even after the financier served a 13-month sentence for having sex with underage girls and became a registered sex offender.
Prince Andrew with one of his former flames, US actress Koo Stark who he once dated
The Duke of York was also romantically linked to Bond girls Carolyn Seaward (left) and Katie Rabett (right)
Epstein’s ‘sex slave’ Virginia Roberts alleged in court documents that she was forced to have sex with the Duke of York when she was 17.
She claimed that Andrew slept with her three times, though the royal has strongly denied the allegations.
And his close friend insisted that, even though he has had ‘liaisons’ with more than 1,000 women, he’s not interested in teenage girls as beautiful women find him ‘appealing’.
Prince Andrew brushed off the furore surrounding him this week with a round of golf in Spain, where he is on holiday with ex-wife Sarah.
He remains close with Sarah because he needs the ‘stability’, according to the friend who admitted that most of Andrew’s romances quickly fizzle out.
Divorced couple Andrew and Fergie were seen getting off a private jet at Malaga Airport last week following Epstein’s suicide in New York.
The Duke and Duchess were driven by limousine to the luxury Sotogrande resort, where they have holidayed together since 2009 often in their favourite private villa valued at upwards of £38million.
Buckingham Palace said in a statement said this week: ‘The Duke of York has been appalled by the recent reports of Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged crimes… and the suggestion he would condone, participate in or encourage any such behaviour is abhorrent.’