PRINCE Andrew’s pal Ghislaine Maxwell will speak to the FBI about their links to paedo Jeffrey Epstein.

Sources said the sex slaver’s “madam”, 57, aims to emerge from hiding within days.

 Ghislaine Maxwell is said to be ready to come out of hiding
Ghislaine Maxwell is said to be ready to come out of hiding Credit: Rex Features
 Sources say the socialite wants to defend herself and Prince Andrew
Sources say the socialite wants to defend herself and Prince Andrew Credit: Getty – Contributor

Sources say she is set to defend herself and the prince.

She has told pals she thinks the picture of them with Virginia Roberts, who claims she had sex with Andrew when she was 17, may have been doctored.

It was said to have been taken at her London home in March 2001.

A source said: “Like Andrew, she has no memory of it.

“Ghislaine thinks there are a lot of problems with the picture and it is very fishy.

“It is one of very few photos that does not bear a time and date stamp.”

A US source close to her lawyers said: “Ghislaine is preparing to speak — whether by talking to the FBI or giving a statement to the media.

“She has to defend herself. She has no option. She will have to address this guilt by association.”

Tonight, Roberts’ lawyer, Josh Schiller, said: “Virginia maintains that photo of her with Prince Andrew is totally genuine. And it certainly looks genuine to me.”

 The last known picture of Maxwell - at a party for the Geneva car rally on June 8
The last known picture of Maxwell – at a party for the Geneva car rally on June
 Maxwell has told pals the picture of her with Prince Andrew and Virginia Roberts may have been doctored
Maxwell has told pals the picture of her with Prince Andrew and Virginia Roberts may have been doctored Credit: ©Nicholas Razzell