Lawyers for Virginia Giuffre, who accused Prince Andrew of rape, served him with legal papers in the suit. Reported by CNN.
It is clarified that the documents were left at the country residence of the second son of Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain on August 27. The delivery of papers, which the Duke of York had previously refused to accept, was necessary for further consideration of the case, otherwise the civil claim could be dismissed.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Monday 13 September.
According to the 38-year-old American woman, she was repeatedly forced to have sex with Prince Andrew when she was a minor. Among those who persuaded her to have sex, the financier Jeffrey Epstein is mentioned.
The son of Elizabeth II denies his connection with the victim and claims that he does not remember her, despite the presence of joint photographs in Epstein’s house. Buckingham Palace has stated that the Duke of York had no sexual contact or relationship with Giuffre, and any claims to the contrary are false and unfounded. Prince Andrew in 2015 resigned from the royal family and stopped appearing in public.