Accused socialite Ghislaine Maxwell repeatedly warned Prince Andrew not to do a TV interview about their paedophile pal Jeffrey Epstein, a friend claims.

Laura Goldman says Maxwell, 58, urged the royal not to talk to Newsnight’s Emily Maitlis.

She claims Andrew ignored the warnings – then told Maxwell after the disastrous interview: “Don’t worry, it’ll work out.”

But Goldman said: “She thought it was terrible and that’s what she told me was the beginning of the end.

“We all knew at that point that things were bad. I think at that point, part of her protections went away. She told him not to talk to the press. She told him it won’t do any good, nobody wants to hear what we have to say.

“But he ignored her. He thought he could use his lack of charm to charm people.”

Paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

Goldman spoke out after British socialite Maxwell was arrested at her £860,000 US home in Bradford, New Hampshire. Maxwell is charged with procuring underage girls for Epstein to have sex with and engaging in sexual activity with them herself.

She faces up to 35 years if found guilty – but denies any wrongdoing.

Maxwell has been a friend of Prince Andrew, 60, since the mid-90s. She was also said to have been around the night Epstein’s “teenage sex slave” Virginia Giuffre claims she had sex with the Duke of York at Maxwell’s London mews house in March 2001.

A picture shows Andrew, Virginia and Maxwell together.

But the prince has denied the claims and said he has “no recollection” of ever meeting Virginia.

Asked what was said between Maxwell and Andrew after the interview, former stockbroker Goldman said: “She told him she was very, very sorry she had put him in that position and she knew she had done great damage to him and asked what she could do to make it up to him.

“He told her, ‘Don’t worry, it’ll work out’.”

Goldman, who is in her 60s and lives in Philadelphia, said Maxwell had moved between the UK, France and the US during the furore over Epstein.

He killed himself in a New York cell last year while facing sex trafficking charges.