November 18, 2019 | 12: 37pm
Prince Andrew has used the n-word, according to a former senior British government aide.
The royal — currently battling a firestorm of criticism over his weekend interview denying he slept with an underage sex slave of late pal Jeffrey Epstein — used the despicable term in a 2012 Buckingham Palace meeting with Rohan Silva, a former top aide to then-British Prime Minister David Cameron, Silva says.
Silva, now a businessman who pens a column for the Evening Standard in Britain, wrote Monday that he and the royal were discussing how the government’s trade department “could be doing a better job” when Andrew slipped in the racial slur.
“Well, if you’ll pardon the expression, that really is the n—-r in the woodpile,” the prince allegedly told Silva.
The offensive phrase dates to the early 1800s and referred to would-be escapee slaves trying to hide in woodpiles, the report said.
Silva wrote that after his meeting with Andrew, he “walked blinking into the sunshine outside Buckingham Palace, reeling at the prince’s use of language.
“For a long time afterwards, I kicked myself for not confronting the prince on his choice of words – and it’s something I still regret today,” said the tech expert, who is of Sri Lankan descent. “He clearly wasn’t taken to task very often by the people around him, which meant offensive language could go unchallenged.”
A royal aide was with them at the meeting, Silva said, although he did not identify the person.
Silva wrote that it was the second time Andrew had used racially offensive language with him.
The former top political aide said that a year earlier, he and the prince were talking about trade policy and that Andrew told him, “What you have got to remember is that you’ll never get anywhere by playing the white man.”
Silva wrote in his Standard column, “I genuinely didn’t know what he meant, and the discussion moved on.
“But the phrase ‘playing the white man’ stuck in my head, as I’d never heard it before. So when I got back to my desk, I immediately Googled it. The definition flashed up on my screen: an old-fashioned saying, used during colonial times, meaning that only white people can be trusted to follow the rules, unlike dark-skinned natives.”
Palace sources denied the claims to the Standard.
The disturbing accusations against the prince come amid an avalanche of controversy over his interview with the BBC on Saturday, during which he denied getting sweaty with and hugging Epstein’s then-17-year-old female victim, Virginia Guiffre, before having sex with her in 2001.
Andrew denied the allegation — by saying he couldn’t sweat at the time because of an old medical condition and didn’t do public displays of affection — assertions roundly scoffed at by the British press and on social media.
Old photos that surfaced Sunday showed him sweating and getting handsy with women while he did the rounds at parties in France during 2007 and 2008.
Authorities say Andrew’s old pal Epstein, a multimillionaire financier and convicted pedophile, committed suicide in July while behind bars in Manhattan awaiting trial for sex-trafficking charges.