Prince Andrew is playing hide and seek. Since filing a complaint for in New York, the son of Elizabeth II has been trying to waste time. First hidden in Windsor, he has been in Balmoral for weeks, where he is hiding. And it begins to annoy the judge in charge of this case, since he did not respond to the summons received on August 27, forcing him to appear in court within 21 days. On Monday, September 13, Prince Andrew’s lawyers said he had not received the necessary documents to justify his going to this hearing. In the process, his accuser published damning pictures: we see an employee of the London office of the law firm Boies Schiller Flexner LLP mailing the envelope containing the trial in a traditional red Royal Mail letterbox. This letter was addressed to Prince Andrew at his mansion on the private grounds of Windsor Great, just three miles from Windsor Castle, on September 9.
It was then the fifth time that Virginia Giuffre’s lawyers had attempted to reach him. “We believe we have met the requirements to deliver the mail to him and we filed proof of notification last Friday,” said David Boies, the plaintiff’s lawyer. In the process, the British High Court announced that it was ready to act as an intermediary in the context of the sexual assault case for which he is being sued in the United States. But the Duke’s advice is doing everything to delay the judicial deadline. “Prince Andrew’s lawyers have indicated they may seek to challenge the High Court’s decision to recognize the validity of the request for service of the Hague Convention made by Ms Giuffre’s lawyers, it has been learned. . The High Court ordered that any challenges be filed before the close of business on September 24. “
Prince Andrew is starting to be worried …
To prevent Prince Andrew’s attorneys from continuing to deny receiving the documents, Judge Kaplan asked that they be turned over to his Los Angeles counsel instead. The noose is therefore tightening around the duke. “There was a dramatic change in mood and he was faced with the reality that it could not only last several months, even years, but also potentially cost him millions of pounds,” a source reported. In an attempt to waste time, Prince Andrew surrounded himself with a lawyer well known in sexual assault cases in the United States. As a reminder, Virginia Giuffre claims to have been “loaned” to the Duke of York by Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell when she worked as a “masseuse” in the prostitution network of the American billionaire. Prince Andrew denies en bloc the facts with which he is accused and for which he will have to answer in court.
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