The Queen made a show of support for Prince Andrew yesterday as his paedophile pal’s secrets threatened to haunt him from beyond the grave.
The royals went to church after it emerged Jeffrey Epstein, right, who killed himself in jail, kept a “meticulously detailed” diary of his friendships with the rich and famous.
Sitting loyally alongside her “favourite son” the Queen headed for Sunday morning worship in Balmoral.
Next to a beaming Prince Andrew, Her Majesty stares stoically ahead.
The Duke of York was making a first public appearance since the apparent suicide of his billionaire paedophile pal.
Sources revealed Epstein kept a diary detailing his friendships with powerful associates – including Andrew and socialite Ghislaine Maxwell – as an “insurance policy”.
Epstein’s diary will be a source of great anxiety to her and the other senior royals.
Its existence emerged as lawyers for the victims look to obtain a statement from the Prince as part of ongoing investigations by various US law enforcement authorities.
Despite Epstein’s death, government prosecutors have vowed to continue their enquiries, indicating they will pursue all those involved in the billionaire’s offending.
US Attorney Geoffrey Berman said: “To those brave young women who have already come forward and to the many others who have yet to do so, let me reiterate that we remain committed to standing for you.”
And yesterday, lawyer Jack Scarola, who represents scores of victims, told the Mirror his clients “will not rest” in their fight for justice.
It comes four years after an attempt to ask Andrew to testify under oath about his time with Epstein failed.
Following the billionaire’s jail-cell death, it was claimed Epstein’s associates were “breathing a huge sigh of relief”.
Now, as questions are being asked about whether the 66-year-old took his own life or was killed to silence him, the pervert’s secrets are set to spark panic among his powerful circle of friends, including Donald Trump and Bill Clinton.
A source revealed: “All Jeff ever had he bought, including his friends.
“He used his wealth to buy buddies and then bestow his money on those he courted.
“Jeff knew his relationships with the rich and famous brought him protection.
“He kept a diary in meticulous detail in case he ever needed it.
“One former congressman said there are a lot of people ‘breathing a huge sigh of relief’ now Jeff is dead.
“They should hold their breath for a long time to come. It ain’t over.”
Mr Scarola, who represents scores of Epstein’s victims, insisted they would could continue to pursue their cases in the courts.
He said: “Our clients are disappointed Epstein’s apparent suicide has again enabled him to escape being held appropriately accountable to scores of children he abused.
“However, they are hopeful that other victims may be relieved of some of the fear that has prevented them from coming forward while Epstein was still alive.
“There is little doubt victims who have not yet come forward have information that will help bring Epstein’s co-conspirators, enablers, recruiters, and fellow traffickers to justice.
“Our efforts to achieve that goal, which have already gone on for a dozen years, will not stop.
“Our clients will not rest easy until all of those who participated in Epstein’s crimes are brought to justice – no matter their past or current station in life.”
Epstein, who was jailed for child prostitution in 2008, was found hanged on Saturday just hours after the depths
of his abuse were laid bare in previously unseen documents.
The papers include depositions, police reports, photographs and a memoir written by a woman who said she was a sex-trafficking victim of the billionaire and his friends.
They also reveal one of Epstein’s former sex slaves accused Andrew of licking her toes when she was a teenager, as well as having sex.
The manuscript by Virginia Giuffre, now 36, details three alleged sexual encounters with Andrew, one of which is claimed to have taken place in London in 2001.
At the time, the royal was pictured with the then 17-year-old with his arm around her waist. Giuffre has claimed in court she was “lent out” to Andrew. The Prince has vehemently denied her claims.
A second girl, Johanna Sjoberg, testified she was groped by the Duke at Epstein’s New York house in 2001.
Both say they were “lured” into the billionaire’s sordid world by Maxwell, who introduced Andrew to Epstein.
Maxwell the daughter of the disgraced late Mirror owner, Robert, has denied the claims.
A senior royal source told the Daily Mirror that the Queen “would always support Prince Andrew”.
They added it was “a tricky time for the Duke of York” saying he was “almost being tried by innuendo” due to “his undisputed relationship” with Epstein.
“The Queen and Prince Andrew have always been very close,” the source said.
“But of course there will be concern among the Royal Family and courtiers given that his name has been dragged into the scandal when the so-called Epstein papers were unsealed.
“He has, of course, vigorously denied any wrongdoing via a palace statement.
“But his name is associated with this scandal and that is not going away anytime soon.
“The problem for Andrew is if these young women decide to take their cases through the civil courts and Ms Maxwell, who is close to Prince Andrew, is called to give evidence.
“It could come to Prince Andrew being forced to give a clear statement on the record explaining the nature of his relationship with Epstein and what he was doing in his company and the company of those underage girls.”
The duke sparked huge embarrassment for Buckingham Palace after he was pictured with Epstein in 2010. The Palace says he had not been in contact with Epstein since then.