You can only feign ignorance for so long. Had he disassociated himself after the time charges were brought up on Mr. Epstein, I could maybe buy that he didn't realize what was really going on. But the dude was arrested and convicted! Come ON!
As a public figure one has to be very careful who one associates with. Didn't they teach him that in prince school? Is he really this dumb? Has all that inbreeding finally caught up with the family?
He really needs to just say "look, I fucked up, I am going to go away for a while, see a therapist, find out why I felt it was okay to associate with this man and why I pretended like nothing was going on. I am sorry." No excuses, no justifying, just I'm sorry, I am going to try to change for the better. "haha, I live in such a dreamworld sometimes. Like that would EVER happen!)