Prince Andrew’s recent attempts to clarify his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein have backfired, sparking even more criticism in both the U.K. and the U.S. about his lack of remorse about the wealthy financier’s actions. Epstein died in August in an apparent suicide in a federal jail after being convicted on sex trafficking charges involving minors.

Prince Andrew was grilled by journalist Emily Maitlis in a BBC interview broadcast Saturday on his alleged friendship with Epstein. Multiple photographs showing Andrew and Epstein together on different occasions have previously surfaced, raising questions about how close the two were.

Maitlis asked whether the prince regretted his relationship with Epstein. Andrew said he didn’t, explaining that, “the people that I met and the opportunities that I was given to learn either by him or because of him were actually very useful.” He added that he and Epstein were not “that close.”

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