By Chris King • 10 September 2021 • 19:59
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PRINCE ANDREW has allegedly been served with the documents to initiate the lawsuit against him
According to documents filed last Friday, agents working on behalf of Virginia Roberts served Prince Andrew with an affidavit of service, on August 27, at his home in Windsor, and legally, the service of these papers means that the Duke now has just 21 days in which to respond, or he can face a default judgement, although it is believed that as he is not in America, the judge will extend the period in which he can reply, or not.
It is believed that the agent handed the court documents to police officers at the gate of the Duke’s official British residence, the Royal Lodge, after attempting one time and being refused, due to the officers being under instruction not to accept any papers, the agent came back the next day and apparently they changed their minds and told him he could leave the papers.
Lawyers for Virginia Roberts apparently told The Sun that they had tried five different means of getting the documents served to the Prince – each one a fully legal procedure – before eventually succeeding, and allegedly also got a copy of the documents emailed to the Duke’s lawyers, via the Senior Master of the Queen’s Bench Division, although The Sun has claimed that his lawyers have rejected the notion that the Duke has been legally served.
The first hearing in the case against Prince Andrew is due to open next Monday, September 13, in which he stands accused by Virginia Roberts of sexually abusing her when she was 17, where US District Judge Lewis Kaplan will decide if the papers have been legally served or not, as reported by dailymail.co.uk.
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Originally from Wales, Chris spent years on the Costa del Sol before moving to the Algarve where he is a web reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news.
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