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Lawyers for the woman suing the Duke of York over sexual assault allegations have claimed to have served legal papers on him, according to a document filed in a New York court.
The lawyers, who represent Virginia Giuffre, say in the document that the civil lawsuit was handed to a Metropolitan Police officer who was on duty at the main gates of the The Royal Lodge, Windsor Great Park, on August 27 at 9.30am.
The filing says this is “consistent with the provisions for service upon an individual defendant, under Section 6 of the Civil Procedure Rules, as required by the Supreme Court of Judicature in England & Wales”.
Andrew has vehemently denied the allegations in the past, and it is unclear whether his lawyers will agree that the legal papers have been served on him, as they were not handed to him personally.
According to the document, the legal courier first tried to serve papers on Prince Andrew at Royal Lodge Windsor, on August 26, but he was turned away.
The affidavit says: “Security staff had already been primed not to allow anyone access onto the property to serve court process”.
It came after Virginia Giuffre’s father said he was “proud” of her for bringing her explosive sexual abuse lawsuit against the Queen’s son.
Sky Roberts, 65, spoke out in support of his 38-year-old daughter after she claimed in a New York court that the royal sexually abused her when she was 17.
Speaking at his home in Summerfield, Florida — in his first comments on Ms Giuffre’s lawsuit — Mr Roberts told The Sun: “I support my daughter 100 per cent.
“The royals are not above the law. That’s not the way it works. They can’t just do what they want. People fight back. She has to do what she thinks is right.”