Prince Andrew served with Civil Lawsuit by Virginia Giuffre

Prince Andrew served with Civil Lawsuit by Virginia Giuffre

Agents acting for Virginia Guiffre claim to have served legal papers to Prince Andrew after handing the papers over to a Metropolitan Officer at the Duke of York's residence.

A document released on Friday shows that an affidavit of service was served at his home on 27 August.

There was an attempt to deliver the papers on 26 August, but they were turned away by an officer who allegedly claimed they had been told not to accept service of any court process, or let anyone trying to serve legal papers onto the property.

The service of the papers now means that the royal has 21 days to respond, or he will face a default judgement. However, it's unclear whether lawyers for the Duke will agree that legal papers have been served as they were not personally handed to the royal.

A spokeswoman for the Duke has declined to comment.

The document says the complaint, the summons and other papers were enclosed “in a plastic sleeve and then in an A4 envelope, addressed to the said defendant, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, at the address” and then left with the police officer.

Lawyers for Ms Giuffre filed the civil suit seeking unspecified damages at a federal court in New York, where the court documents claim she was "lent out for sexual purposes" by convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein including while she was still a minor under US law.

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