allegations of abuse
To avoid lawsuit? Prince Andrew (again) fled to Scotland
Prince Andrew has returned to meet the Queen at Balmoral Castle. There may be legal reasons for this.
If I’m not there, they can’t find me either – that’s what Prince Andrew must have thought as he boarded his Range Rover earlier this week and headed 500 miles to Scotland with ex-wife Sarah “Fergie” Ferguson had traveled to. The couple’s destination was the Queen’s summer residence, Balmoral, where they had vacationed a few weeks earlier. Now there could be another reason for this visit.
Prince Andrew visits Scotland again
For several days, Andrew’s security guards are said to have turned American lawyers away from his front door in Windsor who wanted to give legal documents to the royal. “Several attempts” have been made, The Sun newspaper reports. The law provides that complaints must be served in person. There are a number of drawbacks to this delivery to avoid. Not being home is one thing.
A source told The Sun: “Andrew has been completely paranoid at the Royal Lodge over the past few weeks. He won’t be riding horses and can’t go out because they were trying to mail his legal papers.” “He knows he is more secure at the Queen’s estate at Balmoral,” says the source.
complaint cannot be served
In August, American Virginia Roberts Giuffre filed a civil suit in New York alleging sexual abuse of a minor. Since then, Andrew and his lawyers have been strictly silent. The fact that he now refrains from admitting the complaint complicates the entire legal process. The first oral hearing is already scheduled for September 13 – and the defendants have 21 days to respond to the charges.
Prince Andrew’s game of hide and seek is unlikely to benefit him in the long run. If a defendant cannot be contacted personally, lawyers in court may apply for service by public notice. Prince Andrew must also reach Balmoral Castle.
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