Prince Andrew is a good man and I won't have him defamed, says Duchess of York
The Duke of York's ex-wife Sarah Ferguson has defended him against "shockingly accusatory allegations" that he had sex with an underage teenager.
The Duchess of York described Prince Andrew as a "humongously good man" when she was asked about the scandal on US morning television show Today.
She told the presenter the family stood by the denial issued by Buckingham Palace after the Duke - who vehemently denies the allegations - was named in US civil court documents as having sex with the woman when she was a minor. Sarah said: "I won't stand by, because I know what it feels like to have salacious lies made up about you, and not support him so publicly because they are just shockingly accusatory allegations, which I don't think that's right.
"It's defamation of character and, as a great father and humongously good man and all the work he does for Britain, I won't stand by and let him have his character defamed to this level."
She added: "I'll have not one word said about him on any level."
Prince Andrew was named in US civil court documents as having sex with the woman on three separate occasions when she was a minor. She is said to have been "procured" for him by convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, a billionaire American financier, who she accuses of using her as a "sex slave".