Prince Andrew summers at the Scottish palace at Balmoral with Queen Elizabeth and his ex-wife Ferguie, the Duchess of York, when discussing in New York his judicial luck for a case of pedophilia.
The Duke of York’s attorneys they will not attend to a hearing on the sexual assault lawsuit filed against him in New York on Monday, amid mounting criticism for his apparent lack of involvement in the case. The pre-trial hearing will hear from both parties on whether the prince received a proper subpoena.
Attorneys for Virginia Giuffre, who alleges that Andrew sexually assaulted her when she was 17, a charge he vehemently denies, say the documents were delivered to a Metropolitan Police officer on duty at the front door of your house in Windsor last month.
However, Blackfords, a law firm representing Andrew, has tried to cast doubt on whether the court papers were served correctly.
He signaled an intention to challenge the court’s jurisdiction, according to a letter referenced in court documents, filed by Giuffre’s lawyers.
“We reiterate that our client reserves all of his rights, including the right to challenge the jurisdiction of the US courts,” wrote Andrew’s attorneys.
When the royal family is besieged by scandals from him and Prince Charles, who accepted dubious donations from a Saudi billionaire and a Russian seeking British citizenship for their charities, Prince Andrew seems unfazed before the panorama that comes.
The Duke held a hunt from the Queen’s Palace in Balmoral on Saturday with guests, including the Crown Prince of Bahrain, according to The Sun newspaper.
On August 26, a “corporate investigator” named César Sepúlveda traveled to Windsor and tried to deliver the court documents at Royal Lodge, Andrew’s home. He was unable to deliver them, after police were unable to locate a high-ranking member of the duke’s staff. The next day, Sepúlveda returned to the property and left the documents to the police.
A copy of the summons and complaint was also emailed to the email address of the Prince’s Royal House office and sent to his lawyers by email and by FedEx courier. They were also sent home to Windsor by first class mail.
The controversy of the notification
A US judge will determine whether the documents were delivered correctly or not. Monday’s hearing, presided over by New York Southern District Court Judge Lewis Kaplan, marks the beginning of a highly public and damaging legal process, in which Andrew’s accuser finally testify under oath.
The duke will not be represented at the hearing. Your UK Lawyers oppose to participate, arguing that doing so would amount to accepting US jurisdiction in the case.
Virginia Giuffre, now 38, has long indicted Jeffrey Epstein, who committed suicide in a New York jail cell in 2019, while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges. She is now seeking damages against Andrew for “sexual assault and emotional distress.” The duke denies all the accusations against him.
If Andrew rejects the lawsuit outright and refuses to participate, you run the risk that the court found you guilty of child sexual abuse and order you to pay damages.
If you decide to challenge it in court, you will face years of harmful headlines, as the case makes its way through the legal system.
The father of the accuser
Virginia Roberts Giuffre’s father has said Prince Andrew should go to prison because “this is not the time of William Wallace, when royals can do whatever they want.”
Giuffre claims the sexual assaults took place in London, at Ghislaine Maxwell’s home in New York and on Jeffrey Epstein’s private island.
“I am very proud that my daughter stepped in and filed this civil lawsuit against her. He knows what he has done wrong. It is as if he had been reading for the past week, even trying to hand him the papers, he was instructing his guards to tell them not to accept his court papers. An innocent man does not do that. Only a guilty man does that“assured the father.
The Duke of York “believes he can do whatever he wants” and should face justice for allegedly assaulting Giuffre, “Sky Roberts, his father, told Good Morning Britain.
Sky Roberts said she had “a great regret” for taking her daughter to meet Jeffrey Epstein.
“I’ve read a lot of things like Prince Andrew saying he never met Virginia. But everyone has seen the photo of Prince Andrew with his arm around my daughter and Miss Maxwell right behind him, “Roberts said.
She added that it was a “great regret” to bring her daughter to meet Jeffrey Epstein. “I met Jeffrey Epstein when she was going to start working for him. But it was supposed to be massage therapy,” she said.
“I thought it could be a good job to learn. When I met him, he was only wearing jeans in front of his mansion and he looked like a normal guy. I had no idea what was going on. As a parent, if I had known anything about what was going on, I would have stopped it. It is a great regret for me, “he said.
He added: “I loved my daughter when she was born, I love her now and have loved her in all the moments in between.
“I’d like to see Andrew go to prison for at least a while. You need to know what it is like to be responsible for your actions. It needs to be held accountable, ”he said. He added that Andrew must “stop lying” about his alleged relationship with his daughter.