Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and ninth in the line of succession to the British throne, has been served legal papers in a sexual abuse lawsuit against him.
Virginia Roberts Guiffre says Prince Andrew had sex with her when she was 17. She is now suing him in civil court seeking damages.
The suit was delayed until he had been served.
An affidavit filed in New York court last week said a process server left the legal notices with the Metropolitan Police security detail at Prince Andrew’s home, the Royal Lodge in Windsor on Aug. 27, CNN reported.
It is not known if the prince was at home at the time or if leaving the papers with security is considered proper service.
In a later dated Sept. 6, one of the prince’s attorneys said that it did not appear that proper procedures were followed, NBC News reported.
The process server spoke to the head of security at Royal Lodge on Aug. 26 and was told that security teams were told not to allow anyone serving legal documents on the grounds and “not to accept service of any court process,” the affidavit stated. The process server said he was also told that any legal papers left with security would not be given to Prince Andrew.
The next day, after leaving a message for Prince Andrew’s attorney, he returned to the home and left the documents with security. This time, he was told that they would be given to the prince’s legal team.
Buckingham Palace did not say if Prince Andrew had been served.
Prince Andrew and the royal family have repeatedly denied the allegations. The prince said he does not remember meeting Guiffre, NBC News reported.
Guiffre said in 2019 she was trafficked by Jeffrey Epstein and was forced to perform sex acts with Prince Andrew and other friends of Epstein when she was 17, CNN reported.
The sex acts allegedly happened at three different locations, according to an interview Guiffre did with Dateline.
Epstein died by suicide in 2019. According to the suit, his associate, Ghislaine Maxwell compelled Giuffre to perform the sex acts 20 years ago, NBC News reported.
Maxwell is awaiting trial for sex trafficking, among other charges. She pleaded not guilty in federal court.
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