Prince Andrew goes to stay with Queen at private estate following sexual abuse lawsuit

·Senior news reporter, Yahoo News UK
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Prince Andrew is staying with the Queen after being accused of sexual abuse. They are pictured together in December 2018. (Getty Images)
Prince Andrew is staying with the Queen after being accused of sexual abuse. They are pictured together in December 2018. (Getty Images)

Prince Andrew is now staying with the Queen after being accused of sexual abuse in a lawsuit.

On Tuesday evening, 24 hours after the civil suit was filed, the scandal-hit Duke of York was pictured arriving at Balmoral, the royal family’s private estate in Scotland, driving a Range Rover.

He was accompanied by his ex-wife Sarah, the Duchess of York, who was sat in the back seat, and a minder who was sat in the front passenger seat.

The Daily Mail reported Prince Andrew’s dog had arrived at the estate one hour earlier in a separate car.

Watch: Virginia Giuffre’s lawyer on Prince Andrew lawsuit

Virginia Giuffre is suing the duke for allegedly sexually assaulting her when she was under 18, two decades ago.

She claimed she was trafficked by Prince Andrew’s former friend – and convicted sex offender – Jeffrey Epstein to have sex with him when she was aged 17.

It is alleged Giuffre, then known as Virginia Roberts, was sexually abused by Prince Andrew at Epstein’s ex-girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell’s home in London, Epstein’s New York mansion and other locations including Epstein’s private island in the US Virgin Islands.

The Queen’s second son is named as the only defendant in the 15-page suit, with Epstein and Maxwell mentioned frequently throughout.

Prince Andrew has previously “categorically” denied he abused Giuffre. His spokeswoman refused to comment on the lawsuit on Tuesday.

It was launched after Giuffre’s lawyers accused the duke of “stonewalling” appeals for information.

WINDSOR, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Prince Andrew, Duke of York looks on as the coffin of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh arrives St George's Chapel in a purpose build Land Rover during the funeral of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh on April 17, 2021 in Windsor, England. Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark was born 10 June 1921, in Greece. He served in the British Royal Navy and fought in WWII. He married the then Princess Elizabeth on 20 November 1947 and was created Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth, and Baron Greenwich by King VI. He served as Prince Consort to Queen Elizabeth II until his death on April 9 2021, months short of his 100th birthday. His funeral takes place today at Windsor Castle with only 30 guests invited due to Coronavirus pandemic restrictions. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
Prince Andrew during his last public appearance at the funeral of his father, Prince Philip, in April. He stepped back from royal duties in November 2019. (WireImage)

It has been filed at a federal court in New York, and David Boies, who represents Giuffre, said: “It would be very ill-advised for anyone to sort of thumb their nose at a federal court.”

Legal experts, though, have said Prince Andrew will not be compelled to attend or give evidence in the civil proceedings in New York.

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Even if this is the case, the legal action remains a massive further blow to his reputation, nearly two years after his infamous BBC Newsnight interview in which he denied a series of accusations about Giuffre.

Following uproar at the interview, he was ultimately forced him to step back from royal duties.

Watch: Prince Andrew’s legal team ‘stonewalling’ lawyers of his accuser

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