Prince Andrew has reportedly averted “a number of makes an attempt” to serve him authorized papers on behalf of his sex-assault accuser — and has bolted 500 miles to the security of mother Queen Elizabeth II’s Scottish getaway, simply days earlier than the primary listening to.
Attorneys for Virginia Roberts Giuffre — who’s suing Andrew in New York — had already conceded that it could be “tough” to serve the 61-year-old royal in particular person.
The scandal-scarred royal has since been a recluse at his dwelling within the Royal Lodge in Windsor — the place safety guards have turned away attorneys making an attempt to serve the US courtroom papers, in keeping with the Solar.
After avoiding “a number of makes an attempt” up to now two weeks, Andrew on Tuesday bolted for a fair safer location — his mom the monarch’s Scottish property, Balmoral, the paper famous.
He was photographed in a automobile along with his ex-wife, Sarah Ferguson, because the pair drove from their shared dwelling to the Queen’s 50,000-acre (78-square-mile) property, the place they’d been earlier in the summertime, the outlet mentioned.
The pictures present them arriving in the identical Vary Rover they left Windsor in — suggesting they had been pushed the greater than 500-mile journey, which might sometimes take a minimum of 9 hours, moderately than risking catching a flight.
He fled after “going stir-crazy inside Royal Lodge for the previous few weeks,” a supply instructed the paper.
“He wasn’t going horse driving and couldn’t step exterior due to makes an attempt to serve him with the authorized papers.
“He is aware of he’s far safer up at Balmoral on the Queen’s property,” the supply mentioned, noting Andrew has lengthy been regarded as “the Queen’s favourite son.”
The journey comes earlier than the primary listening to is scheduled in Giuffre’s lawsuit on Monday. It’s set to be a phone convention, and it isn’t instantly clear if both Andrew or his accuser are anticipated to affix.
Giuffre’s lawsuit claims she was “compelled to have sexual activity with Prince Andrew in opposition to her will” on the behest of pedophile Jeffrey Epstein and accused madam Ghislaine Maxwell.
“Prince Andrew’s actions represent sexual offenses” together with first- and third-degree rape, the lawsuit alleges, citing New York penal code, underneath which rape contains with somebody “by forcible compulsion.”
Giuffre claims she suffered “substantial damages” from “excessive emotional misery, humiliation, concern, psychological trauma, lack of dignity and shallowness, and invasion of her privateness.”
Andrew has repeatedly denied Giuffre’s claims, together with throughout a BBC interview by which he insisted he had “no recollection of ever assembly this girl, none in any respect.”
Neither he, his authorized group nor Buckingham Palace has responded to the lawsuit.
Epstein hanged himself in his Manhattan lockup in August 2019 whereas awaiting trial on severe intercourse costs.
Maxwell is in custody in Brooklyn awaiting trial for allegedly recruiting underage women for Epstein. She has pleaded not responsible.