Paedophile Jeffrey Epstein arranged for three young women to meet Prince Andrew while he stayed at his New York mansion in 2010, an ex-model has claimed.

The women, all in their early 20s, were told to “dress up beautifully” for the Duke of York amid promises the financier would further their careers if they complied, it is claimed.

The allegations appear to draw into question the prince’s account that he stayed at the £60million Manhattan home purely to call off his decades-long friendship with Epstein.

During his car-crash interview in November, which led to his withdrawal from public duties, Andrew, 60, told the BBC he believed it was the “honourable” thing to do at the time.

He stayed for six days in December 2010, just months after Epstein was released from prison for procuring a minor for prostitution.

Jeffrey Epstein died in prison
Jeffrey Epstein died in prison

It has been suggested that Epstein arranged for models to be present while Andrew was there at least twice and possibly three times.

The ex-model, who was part of Epstein’s inner circle, claimed that Andrew received a foot massage while watching The King’s Speech.

A source claimed to a Sunday newspaper: “Whenever Epstein watched a movie, he requested girls to give him and his guests a foot massage. I am pretty certain Andrew was given the same treatment.

“It is unlikely they watched the movie alone and without a massage.”

Literary agent John Brockman has previously claimed he saw the duke being given a foot massage by two Russian women at the mansion.

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Andrew has said he made the trip to New York solely to cut ties with Epstein, who is claimed to have loaned out his “sex slave” Virginia Giuffre to the prince on previous occasions.

The duke has vehemently denied her claims.

After the paedophile’s suicide last August while awaiting trial on charges of sex-trafficking minors, Andrew defended his New York stay.

In the BBC Newsnight interview, he said: “I went there with the sole purpose of say---
ing to him that because he had been con--victed, it was inappropriate for us to be seen together.”

But the anonymous source said: “I think that it was Epstein who invited Andrew to NYC. The girls were going to Epstein’s house specifically to meet Andrew, not just Epstein.”

Prince Andrew has his arm around 17-year-old Virginia Roberts and Ghislaine Maxwell smiles from the background
Prince Andrew has his arm around 17-year-old Virginia Roberts and Ghislaine Maxwell smiles from the background

The source identifies one of the three women as Latvian model Lana Zakocela, who had been introduced to Epstein by her agent.

She has since said she barely knew Epstein, was sent by her agency and had “weird vibes” about the situation. She later quit the agency.

According to the Mail on Sunday’s source, Epstein used the prince to improve his public image. She said: “He had just left jail, [so such a guest] was perfect for his social capital.”

A source close to the Prince said: “This has all the hallmarks of a campaign that’s been waged against the Duke for more than a decade.

"There’s never any allegation of criminality, just insinuation he’s somehow done something ‘wrong’. It’s usually done under a cloak of anonymity or attacks through for-profit US law firms.

"To deliberately conflate serious cases of wrongdoing by Epstein with whether or not the Duke enjoyed a foot massage a decade ago is both misleading and counterproductive to justice.”

A spokesman f or the Prince refused to comment.