Pals say the prince – once known as Randy Andy – “almost certainly” slept with Epstein accuser Roberts, but added he would not have known she had been trafficked.
Roberts alleges she was made to sleep with Prince Andrew, who is facing increasing scrutiny over his friendship with late paedophile Jeffrey Epstein, on three occasions when she was 17.
Tycoon Epstein, who in 2008 was convicted for soliciting an underage girl for sex, killed himself in a New York cell in August while awaiting trial on further charges of sex trafficking.
Speaking on an episode of the BBC’s Panorama this week, Roberts repeated claims she was abused by Epstein and flown around the world to have sex with his powerful friends.
Prince Andrew denies any wrongdoing.
Speaking to Airmail on condition of anonymity, a friend who claims to have once slept with Andrew herself said she believes he did sleep with Roberts, adding: “He has always chased a s**g.”
An ex-girlfriend also said Andrew was “sexually keen” and enjoyed receiving “four-handed massages” from two women at once.
She added he was: “Respectful. Sexually, a little keen, but perfectly straightforward.
“There was a bit of chasing around the sofa, but not in an aggressive way.”
Friends reportedly told Airmail the prince would have had “no idea” that the girls he encountered while in the company of Epstein were being trafficked or told to sleep with him.
Roberts says she was made to sleep with Andrew by Epstein and alleged accomplice Ghislaine Maxwell on occasions in London, New York, and the US Virgin Islands.
Speaking on Panorama, she said: “It was disgusting.
“He got up and said thanks and walked out and I sat there in bed, I felt horrified and ashamed and dirty.
“I had just been abused by a member of the Royal Family.”
DUKE REGRETS ‘ILL-JUDGED’ RELATIONSHIP
A statement released by Buckingham Palace after the interview read: “It is emphatically denied that The Duke of York had any form of sexual contact or relationship with Virginia Roberts.
“Any claim to the contrary is false and without foundation.”
“The Duke of York unequivocally regrets his ill-judged association with Jeffrey Epstein.
“Epstein’s suicide left many unanswered questions, particularly for his victims.
“The Duke deeply sympathizes with those affected who want some form of closure.
“It is his hope that, in time, they will be able to rebuild their lives.
“The Duke is willing to help any appropriate law enforcement agency with their investigations if required.
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“The Duke has already stated that he did not see, witness or suspect any behavior of the sort that subsequently led to Jeffrey Epstein’s arrest and conviction.
“He deplores the exploitation of any human being and would not condone, participate in, or encourage any such behavior.”
Virginia Roberts opens up about her time with Prince Andrew on BBC Panorama’s The Prince and the Epstein Scandal