Prince Andrew will face Virginia Roberts sex assault case in the US after High Court agrees to serve him papers

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PRINCE Andrew will face his sex assault case in the US after the High Court agreed to serve him lawsuit papers.

The Duke of York, 61, now “cannot refuse” the official paperwork – and he’ll have merely 21 days to reply.

Prince Andrew will now be served collectively collectively along with his sex abuse lawsuit after the High Court agreed to step inCredit: Northpix
The duke today had lunch with the Queen and Sarah Ferguson at Inchnabobart Lodge on the Balmoral Estate
The duke in the present day had lunch with the Queen and Sarah Ferguson at Inchnabobart Lodge on the Balmoral EstateCredit: Northpix
Virginia Roberts Giuffre is suing the duke for allegedly sexually assaulting her as a teenager
Virginia Roberts Giuffre is suing the duke for allegedly sexually assaulting her as a teenCredit: Enterprise

Lawyers representing his accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre requested the British courts to notify the royal, who’s presently at Balmoral with the Queen, after first rejecting it citing a technicality.

And the High Court in London in the present day accepted the request to formally contact the duke about the civil proceedings launched in America.

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

This is due to if the High Court posts the paperwork to the duke’s deal with then it’s served beneath UK Law and the Hague Convention.

David Boies, lawyer for Ms Giuffre, urged 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 may attempt to deny the grievance, he added, and his approved professionals would then have to present testimony and supporting paperwork.

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

Either technique he will have merely 21 days to reply.

The High Court talked about: “The approved professionals displaying for Ms Giuffre have now equipped extra info to the High Court, and the High Court has accepted the request for service beneath 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 completely different week for approved professionals to serve the writ and warned Andrew it will occur “sooner or later” at a pre-trial listening to in New York on Monday.

At the first pre-trial listening to, the duke’s lawyer Andrew B Brettler talked about their licensed staff had “significant concerns” about the lawsuit and branded it “baseless”.

He added that Ms Giuffre had beforehand entered correct proper right into a “settlement agreement” which will nullify her case.

Despite Andrew being represented in courtroom docket, his staff acknowledged he had not been formally notified about the civil case – often often called service of proceedings.

Mr Brettler added the duke’s staff contested “the validity of service to date”, along with he has not been appropriately served beneath every UK or worldwide legal guidelines.

But Mr Boies talked about that the grievance had been “delivered to the last known address of the defendant”, along with that the paperwork had furthermore been despatched “by Royal Mail”.

‘HE CANNOT REFUSE’

Explaining the course of in extra issue, Mr Boies talked about: “Under the Hague Convention a judicial officer is to submit the grievance to a authorities of the receiving nation for service.

“A judicial officer beneath the legal guidelines is from the originating nation in this case the US and the receiving nation is the UK.

“The question was, under US law is a lawyer for a party a judicial officer?

“That info had not been furnished in our distinctive utility.

“We furnished that info subsequently and the High Court accepted that and made the choice to proceed with service.

“I take into consideration that’s the technique (service at Royal Lodge) the High Court will proceed nevertheless furthermore has discretion to proceed completely completely different methods, transmitting it not in specific particular person nonetheless by Royal Mail and the like.

“He cannot refuse. That is when the clock begins to tick and he has 21 days to respond.”

‘BASELESS CLAIMS’

Ms Giuffre is suing the Queen’s son for allegedly sexually assaulting her when she was a teen.

She is looking for unspecified damages, nonetheless there’s hypothesis the sum may presumably be in the tons of and tons of of {{{dollars}}}.

She claims she was trafficked by Andrew’s former good pal and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein to have sex with the duke when she was aged 17 and a minor beneath US legal guidelines.

Andrew has vehemently denied all the allegations.

The Sun Online has approached his approved professionals for remark.

Virginia Roberts Giuffre is represented by David Boies
Virginia Roberts Giuffre is represented by David Boies
Andrew's layer said the case was 'baseless'
Andrew’s layer talked about the case was ‘baseless’Credit: Getty

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