Prince Andrew latest: Duke of York WAS served sex assault lawsuit at Windsor after ‘priming staff to not accept papers'

PRINCE Andrew was served a bombshell lawsuit at his Windsor home last month, lawyers have claimed.

According to a document filed on Friday, an affidavit of service was served at the Duke of York's home of Royal Lodge in Windsor on August 27.

Virginia Roberts Giuffre’s legal team’s bombshell claim comes after they say they had to try at least five different ways of serving papers on the elusive duke.

Working on behalf of accuser Virginia Roberts, an agent claims they handed over the documents to police at the property.

The agent had tried the day before but was rebuffed and told that staff had been ‘primed’ not to accept any documents, the court papers state – before police changed their minds the next day.

The news comes as Prince Andrew had previously appeared t0 bolt for the safety of Balmoral and the Queen to avoid “multiple attempts” to serve sex assault legal papers at his Windsor mansion.

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    'IF ANDREW DOESN'T RESPOND THERE WILL BE A DEFAULT JUDGEMENT AGAINST HIM, SAYS VIRGINIA ROBERTS' LAWYER

    US District Judge Lewis Kaplan – who holds a hearing for the sex assault lawsuit on Monday – will ultimately decide whether Andrew has been officially served.

    Ms Robert's lead lawyer Boies told The Sun: “We will make a report to the court of what we have done. If the court confirms Andrew has been served, the judge will give him a deadline to respond.

    “I don’t really believe his legal team are going to ignore this – but that’s what they have done consistently, so maybe that will happen.

    “If Andrew doesn’t respond there can be a default judgement against him.”

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    PRINCE ANDREW ‘SERVED WITH PAPERS’ OVER BOMBSHELL SEX ASSAULT ALLEGATIONS FROM JEFFREY EPSTEIN ACCUSER VIRGINIA ROBERTS

    LAWYERS for Prince Andrew’s rape accuser tonight told The Sun they have served him – after help from a British policeman and a judge appointed by the Queen.

    Virginia Roberts Giuffre’s legal team’s bombshell claim comes after they say they had to try at least five different ways of serving papers on the elusive duke.

    Read more here.

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    WHY WAS MEGHAN & HARRY'S OPRAH INTERVIEW SO CONTROVERSIAL?

    The interview, which was watched by 17million people globally, saw the couple raise a number of controversial issues concerning their life in the Royal Family.

    They claimed a member of the family had spoken of their concern about the colour baby Archie's skin would be.

    And Prince Harry spoke of the rift between him and his father, which at one point led to Prince Charles "not taking may calls".

    They also accused Buckingham Palace of playing down Meghan's suicidal thoughts she claimed to have told officials about.

    As a result of many of these issues, they told Oprah, they decided to step away from royal life leading to Megxit and a new start in the US.

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    HARRY AND MEGHAN BOOED DURING CLIP OF DOCUMETARY AT NTA AWARDS

    PRINCE Harry and Meghan were booed when a clip of their interview with Oprah Winfrey was shown in a montage of the best national TV moments at the NTAs last night.

    Sir Trevor McDonald introduced the series of clips on stage, which featured some of the biggest moments of the past 12 months.

    One audience member said: "As soon as Meghan and Harry appeared on screen the audience started booing and then everyone joined in, it was really loud and funny.”

    As a clip of Harry and Meghan’s blockbuster interview in March was shown, the packed out crowd in London’s O2 arena was heard loudly booing.

    However, the booing was not picked up by ITV's live broadcast.

    Loud boos were heard from the crowd when the clip was played
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    MEGHAN MARKLE AND PRINCE HARRY’S KIDS ‘WILL HAVE NEW PLAYMATE’ AS DUKE’S CHILDHOOD PAL IS EXPECTING ANOTHER BABY

    MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry’s children will soon have a new playmate, it has been reported.

    The Duke’s childhood pal Guy Pelly is expecting baby “number three” with his wife, Holiday Inn heiress Elizabeth Wilson, and they “couldn’t be more excited”.

    The Sussexes little ones, Archie, two, and three-month-old Lilibet often enjoy playdates with the Pelly’s two daughters and another tot will soon join the fold, Wilson revealed.

    It is like history repeating itself – as 39-year-old Pelly, grew up alongside both Harry and William, and is the son of Lady Carolyn Herbert – a close pal of the Prince’s late mother, Princess Diana.

    Pelly formerly ran a string of London nightclubs including Royal-favourite Mahiki in Kensington as well as Public, Whisky Mist and Tonteria.

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    PRINCE ANDREW BELIEVES HE CAN RETURN TO PUBLIC LIFE

    Andrew, 61, is yet to respond to a sex abuse civil claim lodged in a New York court a month ago.

    Jeffrey Epstein’s former sex slave Virginia Giuffre accuses him of “rape in the first degree” and there have been “multiple attempts” to serve him with papers for the lawsuit.

    Andrew, who fled his Windsor mansion for the Scottish Highlands on Tuesday, has previously denied any wrongdoing.

    And a source said he remains “utterly convinced” that he will be able to brush off the claims.

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    HARRY AND MEGHAN’S POPULARITY WITH BRITS PLUNGES TO RECORD LOW, DAMNING POLL REVEALS

    According to a YouGov survey, only 26 per cent of Brits “favour” Meghan while 65 per cent dislike her, bringing her net approval rating to -39 per cent.

    For Harry, just 34 per cent say they like him compared to 59 per cent who don’t, taking the prince’s net favourability rating to -25 per cent.

    Harry’s rating has tumbled 25 points since April, while Meghan’s fell nine points during the same span of time.

    Pensioners were the harshest, with just 13 to 18 per cent of over 65s saying they approved of the couple.

    But Harry and Meghan can rejoice in one fact: that Prince Andrew has by far the lowest approval rating of any royal in the survey.

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    17 DODGY CLAIMS PIERS MORGAN BLASTED MEGHAN MARKLE FOR TELLING OPRAH

    Piers Morgan has launched a atinging attack on Meghan Markle, claiming the allegations made to Oprah Winfrey were untrue.

    The GMB host discredited the following 17 claims made by the Duke and Duchess

    • Press created drama over Thomas Markle – Her father is now demanding his own Oprah interview.
    • Security was taken away – Meghan said security was removed from her, Harry and Archie, despite fears for their safety.
    • Press team didn’t defend her
    • Real wedding took place earlier – This claim has since been proved not to have happened.
    • Archie ‘wasn’t allowed to be prince’
    • Meghan ‘never looked Harry up online’ – But according to the authors of Finding Freedom, Meghan looked up Harry via a thorough Google search for their first date.
    • Silent or silenced? – In reality, she went on 73 public appearances as a working royal… even famously, she gave a tearful interview to Tom Bradby for ITN when in South Africa.

      Read the article in full here.

    BUCKINGHAM PALACE ‘FURIOUS’ AT QUEEN’S SECRET DEATH PLANS BEING LEAKED AS HUNT LAUNCHED FOR CULPRIT

    Top officials are said to be on the warpath, with a probe into who revealed the documents under way.

    The secret blueprint for Operation London Bridge – the codename for the plans – reveals every detail of the official response, from Charles’ ‘mourning tour’ of the UK to what royals will post on social media.

    It also details fears that London will be “stretched to breaking point” as millions of mourners head to the capital.

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      HARRY AND MEGHAN’S POPULARITY WITH BRITS PLUNGES TO RECORD LOW, DAMNING POLL REVEALS

      According to a YouGov survey, only 26 per cent of Brits “favour” Meghan while 65 per cent dislike her, bringing her net approval rating to -39 per cent.

      For Harry, just 34 per cent say they like him compared to 59 per cent who don’t, taking the prince’s net favourability rating to -25 per cent.

      Harry’s rating has tumbled 25 points since April, while Meghan’s fell nine points during the same span of time.

      Pensioners were the harshest, with just 13 to 18 per cent of over 65s saying they approved of the couple.

      But Harry and Meghan can rejoice in one fact: that Prince Andrew has by far the lowest approval rating of any royal in the survey.

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      KATE MIDDLETON ONCE POPPED INTO A PUB WITH PRINCESS CHARLOTTE FOR A VERY RELATABLE REASON

      Stunned pub goers watched Prince William‘s wife and daughter pull up in a Range Rover, to use the facilities.

      Kate and Charlotte, then three, are said to have walked hand-in-hand into The Phoenix in Stockwell, South London, as they popped in for a wee.

      When it happened, in December 2018, pub local Maggie McKinney told the Mail Online: “The little kiddie just trotted in with her mum, went to the toilet and then trotted out.

      “They could not have been in the pub for more than ten minutes.

      “They seem very nice, totally normal. Princess Kate was holding her daughter’s hand. Princess Charlotte was just any other little girl.”

      It was reported a staff member came in ahead of the Royals, to ask if they could use the loo.

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      PRINCE HARRY AND MEGHAN MARKLE ACCUSED OF ‘BREATHTAKING ENTITLEMENT’ OVER LILIBET’S CHRISTENING BY ROYAL EXPERT

      Rumours suggest the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have requested a formal christening for baby Lilibet at Windsor Castle, Robert Jobson reports.

      Lilibet Diana, who shares both the Queen’s pet name and Harry’s mother Diana’s name, was born in California in June.

      It is not yet know where she will be christened, although royal commentator Robert Jobson suggests it would be “breathtaking” for Meghan and Harry to expect any kind of royal affair.

      Writing in The Mirror, he said: “Now there is talk – as she is already older than her brother Archie was when he was christened – that they are pushing for a ceremony in the private chapel at Windsor Castle.

      “To some, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s sense of entitlement might seem breathtaking.

      “They seem to be blissfully unaware of the mayhem their behaviour has caused the Queen, the monarchy and the Royal Family.”

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      PRINCE WILLIAM AND HARRY CLASH OVER MEGHAN MARKLE’S ‘HORRIFIC RACIST BULLYING’ IN SHOCKING SCENES FROM NEW ROYAL DRAMA

      The scenes are part of the third Lifetime TV movie; Harry & Meghan: Escaping the Palace, and sees British actor Jordan Dean and American actress Sydney Morton take over the roles of Harry and Meghan.

      Harry is seen confronting his older brother and heir to the throne and accusing him of not speaking out on racism.

      The brothers are seen arguing in the gardens of Kensington Palace, with William telling his younger sibling: “What causes problems isn’t colour, it’s culture. Meghan an American. She acts more like a celebrity than a Royal.”

      But Harry furiously replies: “You need to bloody well make a statement with me decrying racism.  

      “As future King, you need to push on this horrific bullying.”

      Read the article in full here.

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      PRINCESS CHARLOTTE USES A DIFFERENT ‘NORMAL’ NAME AT SCHOOL TO HELP HER BLEND IN

      Even the royal children aren’t exempt from the excitement and anticipation of heading back to the classroom.

      Kate and William are keen for their kids to have as “normal” a childhood as possible for fully support this.

      In order to make sure Charlotte fits in with the other children, she goes by another name with her classmates.

      The royal six-year-old’s full name is Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, while her title is Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge.

      But no kiddy is going to bother with all that when they’re playing tag in the playground.

      So she, like George before her, simply goes by the name Charlotte Cambridge, taking her parents’ title as her last name.

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      WHAT DOES THE LAWSUIT AGAINST ANDREW SAY?

      Virgina Giuffre’s lawsuit says she was “forced to have sexual intercourse with Prince Andrew against her will” and lists offences including “rape in the first degree”.

      The Prince vehemently denies her claim.

      The civil suit will be heard via a telephone conference in New York next on Monday.

      Andrew and his lawyers have refused to comment on the case.

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      QUEEN’S ‘FAVOURITE GRANDKID IS LOUISE – NOT WILL OR HARRY’ SAYS EXPERT

      The 17-year-old daughter of Prince Edward and wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex, is said to be “adored” by the 95-year-old monarch. 

      Royal author Phil Dampier told Fabulous: “Lady Louise is definitely a favourite of the Queen and I can see her having an important role in the royal family in the future.

      “Her Majesty sees a lot of Edward and Sophie and their children at Windsor Castle as they live nearby at Bagshot Park.

      “The Queen is very close to her mother Sophie and of course there has always been a bond between them because Sophie nearly died giving birth and Louise has had her eye condition to cope with.

      “But she has grown into a lovely and intelligent young woman and the Queen adores her.”

      Phil said that Her Majesty may even be closer to Lady Louise than she is to William, Harry, Eugenie and Beatrice.

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      WHAT DOES THE LAWSUIT AGAINST ANDREW SAY?

      Virgina Giuffre’s lawsuit says she was “forced to have sexual intercourse with Prince Andrew against her will” and lists offences including “rape in the first degree”.

      The Prince vehemently denies her claim.

      The civil suit will be heard via a telephone conference in New York next on Monday.

      Andrew and his lawyers have refused to comment on the case.

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      KATE & WILLIAM KEEN FOR THEIR KIDS TO HAVE AS ‘NORMAL’ A CHILDHOOD AS POSSIBLE’

      Prince William and Kate’s children Prince George, 8, and Princess Charlotte, 6, attend Thomas’s Battersea in south London, where they will be starting years 4 and 2 respectively.

      But despite being fourth in the line of succession to the British throne, Charlotte is treated just like any other child at school.

      Kate and William are keen for their kids to have as “normal” a childhood as possible for fully support this.

      In order to make sure Charlotte fits in with the other children, she goes by another name with her classmates.

      The royal six-year-old’s full name is Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, while her title is Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge.

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      LADY LOUISE WINDSOR FACES BIG ROYAL DECISION AS SHE APPROACHES 18TH BIRTHDAY

      Lady Louise is the daughter of Prince Edward and Sophie. In two months she will turn 18, and when she reaches the milestone she will decide if she wants to use the HRH title.

      The Countess of Wessex told the Sunday Times in 2020 that: “we try to bring them up with the understanding they are very likely to have to work for a living.

      “Hence we made the decision not to use HRH titles.

      “They have them and can decide to use them from 18, but I think it’s highly unlikely.”

      Louise’s brother, Viscount Severn will also face the same decision when he celebrates his 18th birthday. He is only 13 so has some time to make up his mind.

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      PRINCESS CHARLOTTE USES A DIFFERENT ‘NORMAL’ NAME AT SCHOOL TO HELP HER BLEND IN

      Even the royal children aren’t exempt from the excitement and anticipation of heading back to the classroom.

      Kate and William are keen for their kids to have as “normal” a childhood as possible for fully support this.

      In order to make sure Charlotte fits in with the other children, she goes by another name with her classmates.

      The royal six-year-old’s full name is Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, while her title is Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge.

      But no kiddy is going to bother with all that when they’re playing tag in the playground.

      So she, like George before her, simply goes by the name Charlotte Cambridge, taking her parents’ title as her last name.

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      PRINCE ANDREW PLOTTING HIS RETURN (CONTINUED)

      One source close to the royal told The Mirror: “It is clear he (Andrew) has a clear and burning desire to return to work as soon as possible.

      "That may look entirely impossible but if anything he’s become emboldened in recent weeks and remains utterly convinced he will not only be exonerated but will certainly forge a way back to public life.

      “Certainly he has given the incredibly bullish impression that this will all blow over within a short while, rather than become a protracted issue.”

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      PRINCE ANDREW BELIEVES HE CAN RETURN TO PUBLIC LIFE

      Andrew, 61, is yet to respond to a sex abuse civil claim lodged in a New York court a month ago.

      Jeffrey Epstein’s former sex slave Virginia Giuffre accuses him of “rape in the first degree” and there have been “multiple attempts” to serve him with papers for the lawsuit.

      Andrew, who fled his Windsor mansion for the Scottish Highlands on Tuesday, has previously denied any wrongdoing.

      And a source said he remains “utterly convinced” that he will be able to brush off the claims.

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      HARRY & MEGHAN WANT QUEEN TO MEET LILLIBET – BUT IF SHE AGREES TO MEET THEM

      Harry and Meghan plan to introduce the Queen to her namesake great-granddaughter Lilibet — if she agrees to meet them in the coming weeks.

      The Sussexes have offered to fly in to see the monarch — for the Duchess’s first return trip to the UK since March 2020’s Megxit. And Harry has made “olive branch” calls to his family as he and Meghan plan a christening for four-month-old Lilibet, possibly at Windsor Castle.

      But senior staff are said to be stunned by the request for a meeting, months after the couple blasted the Royal Family in a chat with TV pal Oprah Winfrey.

      A source said: “Harry and Meghan have made this offer but a lot of people are shocked by the sheer nerve of it. They may genuinely want to see the Queen but it’s breathtaking given what they’ve put her through this year.

      “Her Majesty’s staff have not responded so far. In fact there has also been discussion about Christmas — and whether an invitation should be sent to Harry and Meghan, after they spurned one last year.”

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      LIVING THE HIGH LIFE (CONTINUED)

      In newly released legal papers, it is alleged that Ms Ralph spent more than £1,500 on “weekly blow-drys” at the Larry King hair salon in South Kensington, London – and the cost was charged to a company credit card, the Mail on Sunday reports.

      Court documents also claim that Ms Ralph spent more than £300 of company cash on luxury lingerie at a store in Paris and £130 on an eyelash treatment.

      It has also been claimed that Ms Ralph complained that her £225,000 salary was “extremely low” for someone in her position.

      Read more here.

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      MEGHAN MARKLE’S ENGAGEMENT DRESS DESIGNER ‘USED FASHION HOUSE TO FUND LAVISH LIFE INCLUDING £1,500 WEEKLY SALON TRIPS’

      Tamara Ralph, 39, and her ex-business partner Michael Russo, 40, “personally enriched themselves” before their company Ralph & Russo collapsed, according to claims in documents released by the High Court.

      Ms Ralph is being sued by the company’s administrators for £20.8 million in damages, but has denied any wrongdoing and is defending against the claim.

      Ralph & Russo designed the Duchess of Sussex’s £56,000 engagement dress, as well as gowns for stars including Gwyneth Paltrow and Kylie Minogue.

      Administrators for the company are now suing Ms Ralph, after telling the High Court that she “extracted substantial sums” when she was in “de facto control”.

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