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Prince Andrew ‘WANTED’ billboards appear across Britain as Duke dodges lawyers over Virginia Roberts rape lawsuit

PRINCE Andrew billboards emblazoned with the phrase “WANTED” and phrase “no one should be above the law” have appeared across Britain.

The posters have sprung up in no less than 5 areas as the Duke of York stays below hearth as he has been accused of trying to dodge a lawsuit that accuses him of rape.

Billboards that includes Prince Andrew’s face have sprung up in London and EdinburghCredit: Michael Schofield
Prince Andrew is warned on the poster 'no one should be above the law'
Prince Andrew is warned on the poster ‘nobody must be above the legislation’Credit: Michael Schofield

Andrew strongly denies all allegations towards him as papers filed by Virginia Roberts Giuffre’s authorized group alleged he assaulted her when she was simply 17.

The Duke has been blasted for trying to flee being served papers as he holidays together with his mum, The Queen, at Balmoral Castle in Scotland.

Anti-monarchist marketing campaign group Republic put up the placing banners as a part of a crowdfunded marketing campaign to “#EndtheMonarchy”.

Republic instructed The Sun Online that two of the billboards have been erected in Edinburgh, whereas three have been put up in London.

Andrew’s face is emblazoned alongside the slogan “WANTED”, which is adopted by the anti-royal message “a democratic alternative to the monarchy”.

Another options the Duke’s image merely with the message “no one should be above the law”.

Other billboards erected by the group across Britain additionally take goal at Prince Charles and carry basic anti-monarchist messages.

Graham Smith, CEO of Republic, blasted the “seedy” scandal and stated it’s the most damaging factor to occur to the monarchy in many years.

“The message is clear – he is dragging the monarchy through the mud,” he instructed The Sun Online.

“He thinks can get away with it and hide behind Metropolitan Police officers while using the ‘catch me if you can’ defence.”

Virginia alleges she was trafficked to have intercourse with Duke by convicted billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein and his alleged madam Ghislaine Maxwell.

Andrew has claimed he has by no means even met Virginia, has solid doubt over a photograph of them collectively, and has denied any wrongdoing over his friendship with Epstein.

However, the 61-year-old now “cannot refuse” official courtroom papers after an settlement was reached on the High Court in London.

The sense it is one rule for them and one other for anybody else is a elementary level of injustice

Graham Smith

Mr Smith instructed The Sun Online: “The sense it is one rule for them and one other for anybody else is a elementary level of injustice.

“With Andrew this has been going for on for ten years – and since this civil suit has been launched its just getting worse and worse for him.”

He added Andrew dangers additionally damaging The Queen’s repute if he continues to “hide behind her security and in her home” – saying she is “not just his mother, she is the head of state” as he urged her to take motion.

Lawyers representing his accuser Ms Roberts requested the British courts to inform the royal after first rejecting the papers citing a technicality.

And the High Court in London as we speak accepted the request to formally contact the duke concerning the civil proceedings launched in America.

The paperwork may even be left with safety on the gates of Balmoral and nonetheless legally be deemed to have been served, it’s understood.

This is as a result of if the High Court posts the paperwork to the duke’s handle then it’s served below UK Law and the Hague Convention.

Andrew and Virginia allegedly at Ghislaine Maxwell's London townhouse in March 2001
Andrew and Virginia allegedly at Ghislaine Maxwell’s London townhouse in March 2001

David Boies, lawyer for Ms Giuffre, instructed The Sun: “The backside line is Prince Andrew is being served.

“That is the substance of what the High Court says. He cannot refuse.”

Andrew might attempt to deny the grievance, he added, and his lawyers would then have to offer testimony and supporting paperwork.

Or he may attempt to problem the jurisdiction of the US courtroom – regardless of being served – and argue he isn’t topic to New York jurisdiction.

Either approach he can have simply 21 days to reply.

The High Court stated: “The lawyers performing for Ms Giuffre have now offered additional data to the High Court, and the High Court has accepted the request for service below the Hague Service Convention.

“The legal process has not yet been served but the High Court will now take steps to serve under the convention unless service is arranged by agreement between the parties.”

Judge Lewis Kaplan ordered one other week for lawyers to serve the writ and warned Andrew it should occur “sooner or later” at a pre-trial listening to in New York on Monday.

At the primary pre-trial listening to, the duke’s legal professional Andrew B Brettler stated their authorized group had “significant concerns” concerning the lawsuit and branded it “baseless”.

He added that Ms Giuffre had beforehand entered right into a “settlement agreement” that may nullify her case.

Another of the 'WANTED' billboards  which has been put up in London
Another of the ‘WANTED’ billboards which has been put up in London

Andrew has beforehand pledged to help with any investigation into his former good friend Epstein as he denies all allegations.

But there was an extended working confrontation between his group and US prosecutors about how a lot help he has provided them.

Ms Giuffre is looking for unknown quantities of compensation and punitive damages over the allegations. 

She claims she feared for her life when she was allegedly pressured to have intercourse with Andrew, who’s accused of getting been conscious of her age and standing as a “sex-trafficking victim”.

Espstein hanged himself in his jail cell in 2019 whereas awaiting trial on sex-trafficking offences.

Maxwell was arrested final July and is ready to go on trial in November for allegedly recruiting underage ladies for intercourse for the disgraced New York financier.

She has pleaded not responsible to all expenses.

The Sun Online has contacted a consultant for Prince Andrew for touch upon the billboards.

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