John Bryan, who was reportedly dating Sarah Ferguson in 1992, said he gave the Duke and Duchess of York strategic advice on how to restore Andrew’s reputation and finances.
American businessman John Bryan, alleged lover of the Duchess of York, is said to have given Prince Andrew “honest advice” in the wake of the Duke’s fateful 2019 interview.
King Charles’s younger brother resigned his royal duties and the late Queen stripped him of his military ties and patronages in the wake of a sex scandal. Andrew categorically denied the allegations and later settled out of court with his accuser Virginia Giuffre.
The businessman claimed he was invited back into the family’s inner circle at a time when the Duke of York was in crisis, adding that he then helped them formulate a plan.
He claimed he advised Andrew to show sympathy for Epstein’s victims and encouraged him to express his understanding of the magnitude of the pedophile’s heinous crimes.
Bryan told the Mail on Sunday: “Sarah asked me to come and help Andrew and the girls. I had remained friends with Sarah but when things went down, when things went bad, she contacted me and I was happy to help.”
Bryan said the family needed a “strategic plan that everyone could agree with” after Andrew’s disastrous interview with the BBC’s Emily Maitlis.
Andrew said Epstein acted “inappropriately” during his interview, to which Maitlis curtly replied, “Inappropriately? He was a sex offender.”
According to Bryan, he hooked up with Sarah after the Duke’s TV appearance, sending her messages that included “the normal things you say to an ex” like “I hope you’re okay”.
Bryan admitted that the exes were “distraught” when he was invited to their home. Their daughter’s Princess Beatrice reportedly told her father, “You hurt our family.”
He went back for a second visit to the family home and again took measures to avoid detection by the press. “It was cloak-and-dagger stuff,” he said. “Eventually I was driven into Royal Lodge through a neighboring property.”
According to Bryan, Andrew gave him “a handshake and a hug” when he saw him and added that Andrew couldn’t concentrate for more than 40 minutes at a time due to the strain he was under. Mr Bryan told the Mail on Sunday he is convinced of Andrew’s innocence.