Prince Andrew avoids legal papers by fleeing to Queen in Balmoral

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Prince Andrew avoids legal papers by fleeing to Queen in Balmoral

Prince Andrew has reportedly avoided “multiple attempts” to serve him legal papers on behalf of his sex-assault accuser — and has bolted to the safety of mom Queen Elizabeth II’s Scottish getaway, just days before the first hearing.

Lawyers for Virginia Roberts Giuffre — who is suing Andrew in New York — had already conceded that it would be “difficult” to serve the 61-year-old royal in person.

The scandal-scarred royal has since been a recluse at his home in the Royal Lodge in Windsor — where security guards have turned away lawyers trying to serve the US court papers, according to The Sun.

After successfully avoiding “multiple attempts” in the past two weeks, Andrew on Tuesday bolted for an even safer location — his mother the monarch’s Scottish estate, Balmoral, the paper noted.

He was photographed in a car with his ex-wife, Sarah Ferguson, as the pair drove from their shared home to the queen’s 50,000-acre estate, where they had been earlier in the summer, the outlet said.

Virginia Giuffre alleges that Prince Andrew sexually assaulted her after being trafficked by Jeffrey Epstein when she was 17 and is now suing him.
Virginia Giuffre alleges that Prince Andrew sexually assaulted her after being trafficked by Jeffrey Epstein when she was 17 and is now suing him.
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Virginia Roberts-Giuffre (center) claims that Andrew (left) forced her to have sex with him three times.
Virginia Roberts-Giuffre (center) claims that Andrew (left) forced her to have sex with him three times.
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British sources indicate that Andrew had stayed with the Queen earlier this summer.
British sources indicate that Andrew had stayed with the Queen earlier this summer.
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He fled after “going stir-crazy inside Royal Lodge for the past few weeks,” a source told the paper.

“He wasn’t going horse riding and couldn’t step outside because of attempts to serve him with the legal papers.

“He knows he is far safer up at Balmoral on the Queen’s estate,” the source said, noting Andrew has long been thought to be “the Queen’s favorite son.”

Andrew has reportedly sought refuge with his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, at her Balmoral Estate in Scotland.
Andrew has reportedly sought refuge with his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, at her Balmoral Estate in Scotland.
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Prince Andrew and his ex-wife were seen fleeing Windsor after several US lawyers tried to serve him legal documents.
Prince Andrew and his ex-wife were seen fleeing Windsor after several US lawyers tried to serve him legal documents.
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The trip comes before the first hearing is scheduled into Giuffre’s lawsuit on Monday. It is set to be a telephone conference, and it is not immediately clear if either Andrew or his accuser are expected to join.

Giuffre’s lawsuit claims she was “forced to have sexual intercourse with Prince Andrew against her will” on the behest of pedophile Jeffrey Epstein and accused madam Ghislaine Maxwell.

“Prince Andrew’s actions constitute sexual offenses” including first- and third-degree rape, the lawsuit alleges, citing New York penal code where rape includes with someone “by forcible compulsion.”

.Andrew has repeatedly denied Giuffre’s claims, including during a BBC interview in which he insisted he had “no recollection of ever meeting this ladyAndrew has repeatedly denied Giuffre’s claims, including during a BBC interview in which he insisted he had “no recollection of ever meeting this lady.
Andrew has repeatedly denied Giuffre’s claims, including during a BBC interview in which he insisted he had “no recollection” of ever meeting this lady.
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The first day of hearings is scheduled for September 13, 2021. It is unknown if Andrew will be there.
The first day of hearings is scheduled for September 13, 2021. It is unknown if Andrew will be there.
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Giuffre claims she suffered “substantial damages” from “extreme emotional distress, humiliation, fear, psychological trauma, loss of dignity and self-esteem, and invasion of her privacy.”

Andrew has repeatedly denied Giuffre’s claims, including during a BBC interview in which he insisted he had “no recollection of ever meeting this lady, none whatsoever.”

Neither he, his legal team nor Buckingham Palace has responded to the lawsuit.

Epstein hanged himself in his Manhattan lockup in August 2019 while awaiting trial on serious sex charges.

Maxwell is in custody in Brooklyn awaiting trial for allegedly recruiting underage girls for Epstein. She has pleaded not guilty.

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