Prince Andrew shares joke and laughs on horse ride at Windsor

Prince Andrew shares joke and laughs during horse ride at Windsor Castle as Ghislaine Maxwell’s family ask to remain anonymous if they testify in her defence at US sex trial

  • The Duke of York broke out in a huge smile as he hacked across the grounds surrounding the iconic castle
  • The three of them were amused by private gag as they took the black horses for a leisurely walk near his home
  • The Prince has ridden most days since the trial began last month, with him driving to stables in a Range Rover
  • It comes as friends and family of alleged ‘madam’ Maxwell asked to remain anonymous if they testify for her

Prince Andrew shared a joke and laughed on his latest pony ride in Windsor while the trial of his former friend Ghislaine Maxwell rumbles on in New York City.

The Duke of York broke out in a huge smile as he hacked across the grounds surrounding the iconic castle with two fellow riders.

The three of them appeared amused by the private gag as they took the black horses for a leisurely walk near his home.

The Prince has ridden most days since the Maxwell trial began on November 29, with him often spotted driving up to the stables in his Range Rover before heading out for a ride.

It comes as friends and family of alleged ‘madam’ Maxwell asked to remain anonymous if they testify in her defence when the trial continues on Thursday.

Prince Andrew shared a joke and laughed on his latest pony ride in Windsor while the trial of his former friend Ghislaine Maxwell rumbles on in New York City

The Duke of York broke out in a huge smile as he hacked across the grounds surrounding the iconic castle with two fellow riders

The three of them appeared amused by the private gag as they took the black horses for a leisurely walk near his home

The Prince has ridden most days since the Maxwell trial began on November 29, with him often spotted driving up to the stables in his Range Rover before heading out for a ride

Maxwell, who could face an 80-year prison sentence if found guilty of six sex trafficking charges, will begin the ‘fight for her life’ in New York on Thursday when her lawyers launch her defence case.

The socialite stands accused of procuring women and underage girls for the billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein. She vehemently denies the charges.

The prosecution rested its case on Friday after calling Annie Farmer, who testified that she was fondled and abused by Maxwell when she was 14.

Christian Everdell, a lawyer representing Maxwell, asked the court to allow some defence witnesses to withhold their real names, as they had requested, saying: ‘People who testify might get a lot of unwanted attention, especially if they are testifying on behalf of Ms Maxwell’.

Judge Alison Nathan said she would consider the request.

Maxwell, who could face an 80-year prison sentence if found guilty of six sex trafficking charges, will begin the ‘fight for her life’ in New York on Thursday when her lawyers launch her defence case

Annie Farmer, one of the four accusers in Ghislaine Maxwell’s sex trafficking trial took the stand on Friday. Farmer, who is the only accuser in the case to testify under her real name, described meeting the late pedophile in New York in 1996 when she was 16. She told how Epstein brought her to his ranch in Santa Fe, New Mexico where she met Maxwell

During several bail hearings, Maxwell’s friends and relatives wrote anonymously to the court pleading for her to be granted bail and vouching for her good character.

A lawyer associated with the case said: ‘People’s lives have been destroyed by having their names linked to Ghislaine’s.

‘She would support any move to protect those prepared to speak on her behalf. She is innocent and determined to prove it but is anxious no more lives and reputations are ruined.’

The defence is expected to last two or three days, which means the case could go to the jury before Christmas. Maxwell’s lawyers fear jurors might then rush to deliver a verdict before the holidays.

It has still not been decided if Maxwell will testify in her own defence. A source said: ‘Ghislaine is willing to take the stand. She is prepared to face the jury and fight for her life.’

The six charges against Maxwell: 

THE CHARGES

Conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts (5 years max sentence)  

 Enticement of a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts (20 years)

Conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity (20 years)

Transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity (10 years minimum, life maximum)

Sex Trafficking Conspiracy

Sex Trafficking of a Minor 

Ghislaine Maxwell also faces two charges of perjury but those counts are due to be tried after her sex crimes trial. 

The charges relate to testimony she gave in 2016 in a defamation case filed against her by Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre.  

THE ‘FACTS’ 

Prosecutors say Maxwell groomed three girls between 1994 and 1997 for Epstein. 

They are not named in the indictment, but she allegedly targeted them in London, Florida, New York and New Mexico.

Maxwell, it is alleged, would befriend the girls by asking them about their life and their schooling. She would put them at ease by taking them to the movies and taking them shopping, winning their trust to later deliver them to Epstein, it’s alleged.

To ‘normalize’ the abuse that would come later, prosecutors say she undressed in front of the girls herself and asked them sexual questions. 

She then not only facilitated Epstein abusing them, prosecutors say, but took part in some of it herself. 

The alleged sex abuse includes ‘sexualized group massages’. 

The indictment also says Maxwell made the girl feel ‘indebted’ to Epstein by encouraging them to take money from him and let him pay for their education and travel.

Scott Borgerson, who secretly married Ghislaine Maxwell in 2016, is spotted running around quaint New England town with possible new love – a 49-year-old yoga enthusiast and local journalist – as he remains missing from his wife’s trial

  • DailyMail.com was the first to reveal the possible new flame when Borgerson was photographed in late November in the Massachusetts town in November 
  • She has since been identified as Kris McGinn, a local journalist and yoga enthusiast. McGinn covers and photographs food and cultural trends for the town’s paper
  • She refused to confirm or deny a relationship when approached by DailyMail.com 
  • McGinn is said to be going through a divorce with husband Wesley Straub and hangs out with Borgerson on weekends 
  • Since Maxwell’s arrest in July 2020, Borgerson has rarely been spotted around town, locals tell DailyMail.com 
  • Last week Maxwell, 59, appeared in federal court with freshly-dyed black roots
  • Maxwell has been awaiting trial in New York’s notorious Metropolitan Detention Center, where she has spent past 16 months in solitary confinement 

As Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial for sex trafficking of minors continues in Manhattan, her spouse Scott Borgerson appears to have a new squeeze hundreds of miles away in the quaint New England town of Manchester-by-the-Sea.

DailyMail.com was the first to reveal the possible new flame when Borgerson was photographed in the Massachusetts town in late November.

She has since been identified as Kris McGinn, a local journalist and yoga enthusiast. McGinn, 49, covers and photographs food and cultural trends for the 133-year-old local newspaper the Manchester Cricket.

It’s still an open question whether Borgerson will take the trek to New York to attend the trial in support of his wife, whom he secretly married in 2016. Questions about the true nature of their relationship remain.

Prosecutors revealed the couple is married, but they managed to keep it a secret even from some close relatives. 

DailyMail.com has been unable to find any marriage license, or divorce papers, filed under their names in town or in the county where they were living. 

DailyMail.com spotted Ghislaine Maxwell’s husband Scott Borgerson in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts, in November

Rumored new girlfriend Kris McGinnis of Manchester, a local journalist and yoga enthusiast, is allegedly dating Scott Borgerson

McGinn spotted leaving her workplace in Manchester-by-the-Sea last month. She works at the local paper, the Manchester Cricket

It’s still an open question whether Borgerson will take the trek to New York to attend the trial in support of his wife.  The couple are pictured in 2013

Borgerson pulled up to an oceanside liquor store in a Tesla, walked in and purchased two packs of Marlboro Lights

The wealthy entrepreneur refused to answer questions as he jumped into his electric car and sped off

‘Leave me alone, you’re harassing me,’ Borgerson told DailyMail.com, grabbing his cell phone and pointing it at the reporter as if to document the ‘harassment’

After emerging from Harrigan’s Fine Wine & Spirits, Borgerson, sporting a blue face mask and Patagonia jacket, darted toward his $100,000 Tesla Model S as a DailyMail.com reporter approached

But there are also indications that Borgerson may have moved on with his personal life. A source told DailyMail.com that Borgerson has been dating McGinn. 

She refused to confirm or deny a relationship when approached by DailyMail.com. 

The New York Post reports that she popular with the town’s ‘mommy scene.’ McGinn is said to be going through a divorce from husband Wesley Straub and hangs out with Borgerson on weekends when she doesn’t have her children. 

She had written under the name Kris McGinn Straub until mid-2020.

‘I don’t think I’ll be answering any questions on that topic,’ McGinn said when asked about her relationship with Borgerson. 

On a balmy Thursday afternoon in November, Borgerson pulled up to an oceanside liquor store in a fancy sports car, walked in and purchased two packs of Marlboro Lights.

‘I tried to chat him up, but he wasn’t wanting to engage in conversation at all,’ the clerk told DailyMail.com. ‘He came in and out with what he wanted.’

After emerging from Harrigan’s Fine Wine & Spirits, Borgerson, sporting a blue face mask and Patagonia jacket, darted toward his $100,000 Tesla Model S as a DailyMail.com reporter approached.

‘Leave me alone, you’re harassing me,’ Borgerson whined, grabbing his cell phone and pointing it at the reporter as if to document the ‘harassment.’

The wealthy entrepreneur refused to answer questions as he jumped into his electric car and sped off, retreating to a life of seclusion that he’s struggled to maintain since last year, when his 14-years-older wife was arrested by the feds and accused of procuring young girls for pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

Maxwell faces a six week trial at federal court in New York starting Monday over alleged abuse, procurement of young women and trafficking crimes dating back decades. She faces more than 80 years in jail if convicted on all charges. 

Borgerson recently resigned from his role as CEO of Boston-based CargoMetrics, to ‘ensure his presence would not become a distraction from the work he believes in so deeply,’ the company said in a statement.

Speaking from her 10ft by 12ft prison cell inside New York’s notorious Metropolitan Detention Center, Maxwell said: ‘I have been assaulted and abused for almost a year and a half’

But the 44-year-old hasn’t been able to hide out fully, or to avoid the wrath of neighbors who still want him gone, even after Maxwell was hauled off to jail, potentially for the rest of her life.

‘Every time I see him, I give him the middle finger,’ said a man whose relative is the  property manager of the 40-acre estate where Borgerson lives. ‘But I don’t see him around much anymore.’

Maxwell had been holed up with him in a seven-bedroom home at the estate known as Sharksmouth, situated in the quaint, well-to-do town 30 miles north of Boston.

Last August when DailyMail.com first revealed that Maxwell was living with Borgerson in Manchester, he said: ‘Ghislaine Maxwell is not at my home and I don’t know where she is.’

But, in fact, she lived there for nearly a year, only moving out in December 2019 when she bought her ultra-secluded home, Tuckedaway, a two-hour drive away in Bradford, New Hampshire. FBI agents arrested her at that house in an early-morning raid on July 2, 2020.

Since the arrest, Borgerson has rarely been spotted around town. People at a local pizza shop and convenience store say they see him maybe a couple times a month, and he almost never walks into local bars or restaurants, according to locals.

Borgerson bought this $2.4million home in Manchester-by-the-Sea in June 2016. After Maxwell moved in, they were unable to find peace in their community


Borgerson was previously spotted on the terrace of his Massachusetts home in July 2020, just weeks after his wife was arrested at a secluded hideaway in New Hampshire

In 2019, DailyMail.com photographed Borgerson walking Maxwell’s dog in Boston, shortly after she was revealed to be living in the quiet town of Manchester-by-the-Sea with him 

Neighbors were so disgusted when they discovered in February 2019 that an accused sex trafficker was living among them that they tried to harass Maxwell into leaving 

Meanwhile, Borgerson’s ex-wife Rebecca lives just a town away with their two children, a 13-year-old boy and a 10-year-old girl.

Borgerson, a former U.S. Coast Guard lieutenant-commander, is believed to have met Maxwell over eight years ago through speaking engagements connected to ocean preservation, a subject on which they share a passion.

They were both pictured speaking at the Arctic Circle Assembly in Reykjavik, Iceland, in 2013.

Borgerson divorced his wife Rebecca (pictured) in December 2015 after she discovered his relationship with Maxwell 

He and his ex-wife Rebecca were still married at the time. She discovered their affair when he told her he was going to give a speech in London but she discovered he was in Miami with Maxwell.

Their divorce was finalized in December 2015.

Borgerson bought the home in Manchester-by-the-Sea in June 2016. After Maxwell moved in, they were unable to find peace in their community. Neighbors were so disgusted when they discovered in February 2019 that an accused sex trafficker was living among them that they tried to harass her into leaving.

‘They felt sex trafficking and pedophilia are the most disgusting things in the world and they wanted them off the property,’ one resident said.

It led to a court case where Borgerson successfully fought the neighbors’ decision to prevent them from using paths and a beach near their oceanfront property, part of an estate shared by other owners. But the decision was not handed down until after Maxwell, 59, had already left for her new life of seclusion in neighboring New Hampshire.

Another resident who has met both Borgerson and Maxwell on numerous occasions told DailyMail.com that Borgerson often talked about his dream of becoming President of the United States. ‘His relationship with Ghislaine has pretty much scuppered that — and I’m glad,’ he said.

‘He is personable, very bright and intelligent, but he is an extreme narcissist, totally in love with himself, money and power.’

His ex-wife Rebecca, a devout Christian, is understood to have made efforts to befriend Maxwell, as she felt it better to forgive than carry anger around with her. ‘She feels that the Bible teaches us to be kind. They met on several occasions,’ one friend said. ‘They were very cordial to each other.’ 

Potential jurors were vetted by Judge Alison Nathan in court last week ahead of Ghislaine Maxwell’s sex trafficking trial later this month

Maxwell faces the rest of her life behind bars if convicted of abusing and procuring young girls for billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein – charges that she vehemently denies 

On Tuesday, Maxwell, 59, appeared in federal court in New York as Judge Alison Nathan questioned dozens of potential members of the jury who will decide her fate later this month.

The trial is expected to stretch to mid-January.

Maxwell, 59, spoke to The Mail on Sunday for the first time about her ‘living hell’ behind bars – claiming that she has been assaulted and abused by prison guards, purposely deprived of sleep and given rotting food to eat.

In a world exclusive, Maxwell, who had her $28million bail application denied for the fourth time last week, also claims negative media coverage while she has been in custody and the deliberate withholding of evidence have made it ‘impossible’ for her to receive a fair trial.

Speaking from her 10ft by 12ft prison cell inside New York’s notorious Metropolitan Detention Center, where she has spent the past 16 months in solitary confinement, Maxwell said: ‘I have been assaulted and abused for almost a year and a half.

‘I have not had a nutritious meal in all that time. I haven’t slept without lights on – fluorescent lights that have damaged my eyes – or been allowed to sleep without constant interruptions.

‘I am weak, I am frail. I have no stamina. I am tired. I don’t even have shoes which fit properly. They feed me rotten food. One apple had maggots in it. I have not been allowed to exercise.’

Maxwell faces the rest of her life behind bars if convicted of abusing and procuring young girls for billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein – charges that she vehemently denies.

Her lawyers are expected to argue she is being punished by proxy for Epstein’s heinous crimes because, as one source close to the case maintains, ‘someone has to pay for what he did’.

Maxwell has told friends: ‘I fear it will be impossible to get a fair trial. I have tremendous fear that overwhelmingly negative media stories will poison my jury pool and affect the outcome of my trial despite the evidence that will demonstrate everything the jurors thought they knew isn’t true.

‘I look forward to finally having my day in court to prove I played no part in Epstein’s crimes.’

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