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18 November 2019 20:35

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Lady Colin Campbell says 'child prostitution isn't paedophilia' in GMB row over Prince Andrew

Lady Colin Campbell today said Jeffrey Epstein should not be called a paedophile during a panel discussion about Prince Andrew's BBC Newsnight interview. Host Piers Morgan was addressing the prince's visit to Epstein's home when Lady Colin Campbell interrupted to claim that the financier's convictions did not make him a paedophile. "You all seem to have forgotten that Jeffrey Epstein, the offence with which he was charged and for which he was imprisoned, was 'soliciting prostitution from minors'. She then added: "Soliciting prostitution from minors. If you solicit a 14-year-old for prostitution then you're a paedophile." But Lady Campbell - also known as Lady C during her time on I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here - responded by claiming that the term 'minor' did not refer to a child.

Morgan was referring to allegations that Epstein abused dozens of girls some as young as 14-years-old. Morgan called Lady C's comments "nonsense". After which, Lady Colin Campbell said: "I'm not justifying Jeffrey Epstein. Epstein, 66, died in jail on August 10 while facing sex trafficking charges of under-age girls, some as young as 14. Lady Colin Campbell has caused outrage after claiming soliciting sex from minors 'is not the same as paedophilia'.

The socialite, 70, made the comments on Good Morning Britain while discussing Prince Andrew and his friendship with the paedophile billionaire Jeffrey Epstein. She faced a backlash from presenter Piers Morgan after she said there was a difference between hiring sex from a minor and paedophilia. The socialite, 70, made the comments on Good Morning Britain (pictured) while discussing Prince Andrew and his friendship with the paedophile billionaire Jeffrey Epstein The former TV personality defended the Duke of York - who is recovering from a 'car crash' interview aired on Saturday night - and his friendship with the late financier Epstein, a 66-year-old convicted sex offender who died in custody in New York in August. Lady Colin Campbell said on the show today: 'You all seem to have forgotten that Jeffrey Epstein, the offence for which he was charged and for which he was imprisoned, was for soliciting prostitution from minors. But the 54-year-old journalist said:'If you solicited a 14-year-old for prostitution, you're a paedophile.' Lady Campbell said: 'It doesn't matter.' 'Paedophilia, I suspect there's a difference between a minor and a child.' She faced a backlash from presenter Piers Morgan (pictured with Susanna Reid on the show today) after she said there was a difference between hiring sex from a minor and paedophilia She claimed a minor was not a child, but the law states they are both someone under the age of 18.

He expressed regret at making contact with Epstein in 2010 - flying to New York to say in person the friendship was over - after the paedophile had been released from an 18-month prison term for prostituting minors. She said 'civilised' people would always dump a friend in person, adding: 'He's made many mistakes. Steph Ferrier wrote: 'Lady Colin Campbell on GMB saying procuring and selling a 14 year old is not pedophilia because a minor is different to a child? David Wilson said: 'If there is ever been a time 2 consider abolishing the monarchy I think Prince Andrew & Lady Colin Campbell have made it worth considering.' LADY Colin Campbell today sparked outrage as she appeared to claim underage sex with prostitutes is not the same as paedophilia. The 70-year-old socialite said that while she was not defending Jeffrey Epstein, there is a "difference" between a minor and a child.

3 Lady Colin Campbell argued prostitution of a minor was not the same as paedophilia Credit: Rex Features Speaking on Good Morning Britain, she said: "You all seem to have forgotten that Jeffrey Epstein, the offence with which he was charged and for which he was imprisoned, was soliciting prostitution from minors. In the quick-fire debate, Morgan then asked: "If you solicit a 14-year-old for prostitution, you're a paedophile." Lady Colin added: "Well, I'm not justifying Jeffrey Epstein. "Paedophilia, I suspect there's a difference between a minor and a child." Under the law, a child and a minor is the same thing - someone who is under the age of 18. In 2008, Epstein was jailed for 18 months in Florida after being guilty of prostitution charges including soliciting a minor for prostitution. Prince Andrew was widely criticised for the Newsnight interview for failing to sympathise with the victims of Epstein.

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But since the TV quizzing went to air, he reportedly told friends: "I regret that I didn't make it clear in the interview that I have great sympathy for anyone who was abused by Jeffrey Epstein. The Sun also revealed how he told his mother the Queen that the interview went well - claiming he had put to bed any criticism over his links to sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. 3 Prince Andrew's interview with Newsnight left many viewers angry at his lack of sympathy towards Epstein's victims Get the biggest daily news stories by email Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again later Invalid Email Former I'm A Celebrity contestant Lady Colin Campbell has provoked uproar by claiming on live TV that a child being prostituted is 'not the same as paedophilia'. The royal biographer said there was "a difference" between the two as she appeared on Good Morning Britain. The 70-year-old made the astonishing comment during a segment on the allegations surrounding Prince Andrew and the late billionaire Jeffrey Epstein. Stunned hosts Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid challenged Lady C over her remarks, but she refused to concede defeat before insisting there is 'a difference between a minor and a child'. One said: "Lady Colin Campbell on GMB saying procuring and selling a 14 year old is not pedophilia because a minor is different to a child? Another wrote: "Dear Lady Colin Campbell. And a third added: "Lady Colin Campbell on GMB. The Duke of Andrew has denied allegations he slept with a 17-year-old girl. GMB guest Lady Colin Campbell has said "child prostitution isn't paedophilia" in a row on the ITV1 daytime favourite. The GMB guest was interviewed by Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid on Monday's instalment of the show. Lady C, who has published several books on the Royal Family, made the paedophilia remark during a segment about Andrew and Jeffrey Epstein. The 70-year-old refused to concede defeat before insisting there is 'a difference between a minor and a child'. "You all seem to have forgotten that Jeffrey Epstein, the offence for which he was charged and for which he was imprisoned, was for soliciting prostitution from minors," she said, defending Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, and his friendship with disgraced Epstein. Flabbergasted Piers fumed: "If you solicited a 14-year-old for prostitution you're a paedophile. Lady C insisted she was not "justifying Epstein" but appeared to put her foot in it even more when she went on to add: "I suspect there's a difference between a minor and a child." Lady C, also commented on why she believes Prince Andrew, 59, did not cut ties with Epstein, 66, who hanged himself in a New York jail in August. One viewer wrote: "Dear Lady Colin Campbell. And a second added: "Lady Colin Campbell on GMB. Utterly embarrassing sticking up for Andrew, saying a 14 YO is not a minor & that pedophilia and child prostitution is two different things."