Royals news latest – Prince Andrew 'hit with sex abuse legal papers' & hides at Balmoral despite Beatrice's baby
21st September 2021

PRINCE Andrew has been served with legal papers again, according to the lawyer of his accuser Virginia Giuffre.

Documents were emailed to the Duke of York’s US lawyer, Andrew Brettler, in Los Angeles yesterday.

The Duke's team have been given seven days by the High Court to challenge its decision to begin notifying Andrew about the US civil case against him.

David Boies, Virginia’s lawyer, confirmed to The Sun yesterday that his firm had now served Prince Andrew's US attorney, Andrew Brettler, by FedEx and email.

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    WHAT HAS PRINCE HARRY SAID ABOUT HIS MUM PRINCESS DIANA’S DEATH?

    Prince Harry’s mum Princess Diana died in a car crash in Paris in 1997.

    Speaking to Newsweek, he recalled the decision — made on his behalf — for him to follow his mum Diana’s coffin after her death.

    Harry said: “My mother had just died, and I had to walk a long way behind her coffin, surrounded by thousands of people watching me while millions more did on television.

    “I don’t think any child should be asked to do that, under any circumstances.”

    Harry has also previously revealed he battled with depression following his mum’s tragic death.

    He said he “shut down all his emotions” for two decades after losing his mother Princess Diana.

    The Prince admitted he had been close to a breakdown, sought therapy and took up boxing to combat frustration.

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    MEGHAN MARKLE & PRINCE HARRY RIDICULED ON AUSSIE TV SHOW AS COMICS JOKE DUCHESS IS ‘GOLD DIGGER’

    The couple was named in the publication’s list of top 100 most influential people on Wednesday.

    But, the Duke and Duchess were roasted by several Australian comics on the show “Have You Been Paying Attention”.

    The programme is the country's version of Mock the Week.

    Panellists were asked what publication featured Harry and Meghan on their front cover, MailOnline reports.

    Comic Luke McGregor suggested a tech magazine called “PC Gaming” while Ed Kavalee joked “Better Homes and Golddiggers”.

    The quip was a reference to the crafts and interior design magazine Better Homes and Gardens that has existed since the 1920s.

    A snap of the Duke and Duchess appears on the front of the magazine with Harry wearing all black as he stands behind his wife.

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    PRINCE ANDREW ‘SERVED BY LAWYERS AGAIN’ OVER SEX ASSAULT ALLEGATIONS AS UNDER-FIRE DUKE REMAINS IN HIDING

    Documents were emailed to the Duke of York’s US lawyer, Andrew Brettler, in Los Angeles yesterday.

    The Duke's team have been given seven days by the High Court to challenge its decision to begin notifying Andrew about the US civil case against him.

    David Boies, Virginia’s lawyer, confirmed to The Sun yesterday that his firm had now served Prince Andrew's US attorney, Andrew Brettler, by FedEx and email.

    US judge Lewis Kaplan ruled last week that sending court papers to Andrew’s lawyer would be acceptable – meaning the royal does not have to be physically served.

    Andrew, 61, now has 21 days dating from last Friday to respond to the lawsuit.

    Mr Boies told The Sun: "We would not try to serve him when he’s visiting his granddaughter."

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    PIERS MORGAN SAYS HIS SUN DEAL WILL GIVE MEGHAN MARKLE NIGHTMARES AFTER SHE GOT HIM SACKED FROM GMB

    Six months after Meghan tried to get him fired from Good Morning Britain, Piers returned to the pub where the pair first met.

    Holding up a pint and grinning at the Scarsdale Tavern, in Kensington, West London, Piers said: “And I need to say a special thank you Meghan. As we sit drinking now, it was five years ago I met her here.

    “And I bet she was sitting there celebrating my departure from Good Morning Britain so this move will be the stuff of nightmares for her. So cheers Meghan!”

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    WHO ARE PRINCE HARRY’S EX GIRLFRIENDS?

    Camilla Burlow was linked to Prince Harry in July 2014 when it was reported they had locked lips.

    His other exes include a Burberry model, an X Factor singer and a Strictly Come Dancing starlet.

    Here’s who the rumour mill has linked him to…

    Ellie Goulding
    Cressida Bonas
    Florence Brudenell-Bruce
    Caroline Flack
    Mollie King
    Chelsy Davy

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    MEGHAN MARKLE ‘TRYING TO BE LIKE THE OBAMAS’ WITH TIME COVER – AS EXPERTS SAY SHE’S ‘PRIMED’ FOR POLITICAL CAREER

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex made waves with their appearance on the front page of the respected US mag that honoured the world’s 100 most influential people.

    And royal experts think the powerful pictures alongside the detailed profile accompanying their entry under “Icons” marks the start of Meghan’s manoeuvres into politics.

    Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams said of the Sussexes: “This magazine cover has made it very very clear what’s in the couple’s mind – and especially Meghan’s mind – and that’s politics. It must be!

    “I think there is absolutely no doubt that if they made the cover it’s not about what they’ve achieved, but what they could achieve.

    “They’re going to become more and more visible. I think that they’re looking at politics.”

    Read more here.

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    HIGH COURT RULES PRINCE PHILIP’S WILL TO REMAIN PRIVATE TO PROTECT ‘DIGNITY’ OF THE QUEEN

    THE Duke of Edinburgh’s will is to remain secret for 90 years to protect the Queen’s dignity.

    This follows a convention existing for more than a century that the last wishes of senior members of the Royal Family are sealed via a High Court application.

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    RICHARD MADELEY SLAMS PRINCE HARRY AND MEGHAN MARKLE FOR ‘LECTURING’ BRITS ON THE CLIMATE WHILE FLYING ON PRIVATE JETS

    The Good Morning Britain host said the Duke and Duchess of Sussex make a “big deal” about not flying but continue to fly around on private jets.

    Richard, who is jetting off to France next week, said the argument for climate change is “shaky” as a result and people should practice what they preach.

    Discussing the issue with GMB’s Laura Tobin, he said: “I think it’s when people are in a position to lecture us go and do something different.

    “I’m thinking about Harry and Meghan who about a year and half ago two years ago made a big deal about not flying.

    “And at the same time they were kind of flying down to see Elton John on his private jet, making other flights… Harry made a flight to go to a sports tournament the other day and then flew back.

    “I think that’s when the argument gets shaky – when people tell us what to do and go and quietly go ahead and do their own thing anyway.”

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    CORNWALLS AND CAMBRIDGES TO ATTEND BOND PREMIERE IN RARE JOINT ENGAGMENT

    The Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are to attend the glittering world premiere of the new Bond film No Time To Die next week.

    In a rare joint engagement, Charles, Camilla, William and Kate will step out on to the red carpet to meet 007 star Daniel Craig and other cast members including Rami Malek, Lea Seydoux and Lashana Lynch at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Tuesday September 28.

    The royal foursome will also be introduced to screenwriters Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, and singer Billie Eilish and her musician brother Finneas O’Connell, who co-wrote the new Bond theme song.

    A number of healthcare workers and members of the armed forces will join the royals in the auditorium to watch the movie as a thank you for their work during the Covid pandemic.

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    ANDREW ‘SET TO FIRE SHAMBOLIC LEGAL TEAM’ AND IS ‘EXTREMELY WORRIED’ ABOUT CASE

    Virginia Giuffre – a trafficked slave of paedophile Jeffrey Epstein – is attempting to sue the 61-year-old in a New York court after alleging she was forced to have sex with him three times when she was 17.

    Andrew has always strongly denied the claims – but is now “in a full-on crisis” and is dissatisfied with his lawyers’ strategy of not publicly responding to Ms Giuffre’s legal bid, reports the Mirror.

    The prince hired criminal defence solicitor Gary Bloxsome, a partner at Blackfords law firm, early last year and after Ms Giuffre announced her plans to sue, Andrew reportedly urged his team to release a statement denying her allegations.

    But it’s understood he was overruled and is now considering ditching his legal team following emergency discussions with his team.

    A source close to him told the Mirror: “The plan, if you can call it a plan, has been shambolic from the start.

    “Now it’s all come to a head. He is extremely worried and the crisis talks are so he can get off the back foot. He knows he’s in a full-on crisis.”

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    PRINCE ANDREW MISSED BIRTH OF PRINCESS BEATRICE’S BABY TO HIDE FROM SEXUAL ASSAULT LAWYERS AT BALMORAL

    Andrew, 61, missed the birth of Beatrice’s first child, and his second grandchild, because he is in hiding 500 miles away in Scotland.

    US lawyers want to serve papers accusing him of “rape in the first degree”.
    Yesterday a Royal source said: “Andrew has made it quite clear that he wasn’t leaving Balmoral.

    “It would appear the advice to him was to stay in hiding and miss the whole thing.”

    Sarah Ferguson, who has been staying with her former husband at the Queen’s 50,000 acre retreat, made the 500-mile trip to ­London’s Chelsea and Westminster hospital.

    Beatrice, 33, gave birth to the 11th in line to the throne shortly before midnight on Saturday. The girl, weighing 6lbs and 2oz, is so far unnamed.

    But it is thought Andrew will remain at Balmoral for three weeks as wrangling continues. The High Court on Friday gave his £1,000-a-day legal team a week to challenge its decision giving itself jurisdiction to serve the papers.

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    HARRY AND MEGHAN’S LOVING GAZE IS ‘POSED’, SAYS BODY LANGUAGE EXPERT

    PRINCE Harry and Meghan Markle wowed royal fans in a series of new glossy shots for Time magazine as they were named in the list of top 100 most influential people

    And eagle-eyed royal fans may have noticed something familiar about one of the snaps taken by photographer Pari Dukovic.

    In a more candid shot, the parents can be seen walking through a garden holding hands at they beam at each other – and this isn’t the first time we have seen the couple rely on this pose.

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are regularly seen staring into one another’s eyes whenever a camera comes out.

    And according to body language expert Judi James, while a very romantic shot, the pose is far from the natural and candid shot that the pair want to convey.

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    DUKE AND DUCHESS OF SUSSEX WELCOME BEATRICE’S BABY

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have welcomed the arrival of Princess Beatrice’s baby on their Instagram Stories.

    They posted a picture of Princess Beatrice on her wedding day with a banner saying “Congratulations”.

    Harry and Beatrice are said to be close – with Harry insisting on the Duchess of York attending his wedding over the Firm’s objections.

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    WHO IS PRINCESS BEATRICE’S HUSBAND?

    38-year-old Edoardo is a multi-millionaire and the husband of Princess Beatrice.

    He has made his money in property development.

    Edoardo founded his property consultancy Banda, or “big shed” in Swahili, in 2007.

    He specialises in discreetly finding and developing multi-million pound homes for rich clients.

    He also has one son, Wolfie, from a previous relationship.

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    ANDREW ‘SET TO FIRE SHAMBOLIC LEGAL TEAM’ AND IS ‘EXTREMELY WORRIED’ ABOUT CASE

    Virginia Giuffre – a trafficked slave of paedophile Jeffrey Epstein – is attempting to sue the 61-year-old in a New York court after alleging she was forced to have sex with him three times when she was 17.

    Andrew has always strongly denied the claims – but is now “in a full-on crisis” and is dissatisfied with his lawyers’ strategy of not publicly responding to Ms Giuffre’s legal bid, reports the Mirror.

    The prince hired criminal defence solicitor Gary Bloxsome, a partner at Blackfords law firm, early last year and after Ms Giuffre announced her plans to sue, Andrew reportedly urged his team to release a statement denying her allegations.

    But it’s understood he was overruled and is now considering ditching his legal team following emergency discussions with his team.

    A source close to him told the Mirror: “The plan, if you can call it a plan, has been shambolic from the start.

    “Now it’s all come to a head. He is extremely worried and the crisis talks are so he can get off the back foot. He knows he’s in a full-on crisis.”

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    BBC TO PAY ‘SIGNIFICANT’ DAMAGES TO EX ROYAL NANNY OVER LIES SPREAD BY DISGRACED MARTIN BASHIR

    Tiggy Legge-Bourke has reportedly been offered a settlement over false claims made by Bashir as he desperately tried to secure his Panorama interview with Princess Diana.

    An official inquiry concluded Bashir told Diana that her husband Charles was in love with the nanny, who now goes by Tiggy Pettifer.

    And Diana’s brother Earl Spencer says she was also told Charles and Ms Legge-Bourke enjoyed a two-week holiday together.

    Most damagingly of all, it’s alleged Bashir went further – and claimed Charles was having an affair with the nanny, who had gone on to have an abortion.

    Bashir even produced a fake receipt showing payment for the termination, it’s claimed.

    The BBC has now recognised the harm caused to the 56-year-old and is understood to have offered her a six-figure sum, the Telegraph reports.

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    VIRGINIA ROBERTS RELEASES PHOTOS THAT PROVE SEX ASSAULT PAPERS WERE SENT TO PRINCE ANDREW AT HIS HOME ADDRESS

    Prince Andrew’s lawyers are continuing to thwart efforts to serve the lawsuit and spark a 21-day period for the duke to reply – but pictures show the papers were sent to the Duke at his home.

    Sent via a Royal Mail post box, the envelope which contained the papers was sent off to the duke, with the stamp of the Queen’s head on the top.

    These photos released as evidence in US court filings show the lawsuit was posted to Andrew on September 9 – one of five attempts to reach the accused royal.

    They show a worker from the London office of law firm Boies Schiller Flexner LLP posting the envelope containing the lawsuit into a traditional red Royal Mail post box.

    It was addressed to ‘Prince Andrew’ at his 100-acre 30-room mansion at Royal Lodge on the private Windsor Great Park, just three miles from Windsor Castle, on September 9.

    And even came with a first class stamp bearing the Queen’s profile.

    It was one of five attempts made by US lawyers to serve the papers.

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    PRINCE ANDREW’S GAME OF CAT AND MOUSE OVER SEX ABUSE LAWSUIT IS ‘DAMAGING MONARCHY,’ COURTIERS BELIEVE

    Royal aides are said to be increasingly uneasy about the “wall of silence” surrounding the under-fire duke, 61.

    They fear the decision to apparently dodge legal papers filed in the US is making it look like he has something to hide.

    Lawyers for US accuser Virginia Giuffre have tried seven times to serve a writ alleging “rape in the first degree”.

    Andrew, who strongly denies the claims, is now at Balmoral in Scotland, seemingly out of reach of English and US courts.

    But a royal source said: “There is growing disquiet over this lawsuit which also has wider reputational implications for the monarchy.”

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    ANDREW REPORTEDLY BRACING HIMSELF FOR LEGAL BATTLE THAT COULD GO ON FOR YEARS

    The 61-year-old is reportedly “worried” and not his usual self after feeling confident the allegation would be dropped.

    He is reportedly bracing himself for a legal battle that could go on for years and end up costing him millions of pounds.

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    THE QUEEN ‘WON’T OVERRULE CHARLES’ PLAN TO KEEP ANDREW AWAY FROM PUBLIC DUTIES’, CLAIMS ROYAL BIOGRAPHER ANGELA LEVIN

    The Queen won’t “overrule” her eldest, who reportedly wishes to keep the Duke of York out of the public eye after damaging sex assault allegations.

    However, the monarch “adores” Andrew and “enjoys his company”, expert Angela Levin said today.

    Ms Levin, who has written an authorised biography on Prince Harry, called Andrew “naïve and arrogant” as the royal faces a legal wrangle in a US civil court.

    In an interview with Julia Hartley-Brewer on TalkRADIO, she said the Queen had ruled out Andrew’s return to duties.

    “She said he couldn’t be,” she said.

    “She adores Andrew and enjoys his company.

    “I think that she won’t overrule what Charles says. The rest of the royals won’t want him to do that.”

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    WHAT HAS PRINCE HARRY SAID ABOUT HIS MUM PRINCESS DIANA’S DEATH?

    Prince Harry’s mum Princess Diana died in a car crash in Paris in 1997.

    Speaking to Newsweek, he recalled the decision — made on his behalf — for him to follow his mum Diana’s coffin after her death.

    Harry said: “My mother had just died, and I had to walk a long way behind her coffin, surrounded by thousands of people watching me while millions more did on television.

    “I don’t think any child should be asked to do that, under any circumstances.”

    Harry has also previously revealed he battled with depression following his mum’s tragic death.

    He said he “shut down all his emotions” for two decades after losing his mother Princess Diana.

    The Prince admitted he had been close to a breakdown, sought therapy and took up boxing to combat frustration.

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    PRINCE WILLIAM REVEALS MOMENT YOUNG BOY SWORE AT PRINCE PHILIP… BUT SAYS HIS REACTION WAS HILARIOUS

    PRINCE William has revealed the moment a young boy swore at Prince Philip – but says his reaction was hilarious.

    The royal told how the teenager had been completing a hike for his Duke of Edinburgh Award when he made the rude remark to the scheme’s founder.

    The Duke of Cambridge and Philip came across two young walkers on the Queen’s Balmoral estate as the teens took part in a expedition to achieve their award.

    William said: “[Philip] stopped and wound down his window and said, ‘Good morning. How are you getting on?’

    “To which the smallest young chap at the back turned round and effectively said, ‘Jog on Grandpa!’”

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    PRINCE CHARLES’ REVEALS LAST WORDS TO HIS DAD ON EVE OF HIS DEATH – AND TELLS OF PHILIP’S CLASSIC RESPONSE

    The Prince of Wales spoke to his father about plans to celebrate his 100th birthday, a new documentary discloses.

    He called the Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor on April 8 and asked about a party to celebrate his centenary in June, the Daily Mail reports.

    Charles said: “We’re talking about your birthday. “

    But with Philip’s hearing failing he had to speak up and repeated a bit more loudly: “We’re talking about your birthday!

    “And whether there’s going to be reception!”

    Philip replied: “Well, I’ve got to be alive for it, haven’t I?”

    In what may have been their last ever conversation, Charles said: “I knew you’d say that!”

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    PRINCESS BEATRICE AND HUSBAND EDOARDO MOZZI GUSH THEY ARE ‘DELIGHTED’ AS THEY ANNOUNCE BIRTH OF BABY GIRL

    Buckingham Palace confirmed the happy news this afternoon after the new mum, 32, welcomed her daughter into the world on Saturday, September 18.

    The Queen’s granddaughter and her husband, multi-millionaire property developer Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, welcomed the tot on Saturday.

    The Palace said today: “Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice and Mr Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi are delighted to announce the safe arrival of their daughter on Saturday 18th September 2021, at 23.42, at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London.

    “The baby weighs 6 pounds and 2 ounces.

    “The new baby’s grandparents and great-grandparents have all been informed and are delighted with the news. The family would like to thank all the staff at the hospital for their wonderful care.

    “Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well, and the couple are looking forward to introducing their daughter to her big brother Christopher Woolf.”

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    DUKE AND DUCHESS OF CORNWALL HAVE TWEETED THEIR CONGRATULATIONS TO BEATRICE

    The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall also tweeted: “Congratulations to Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi on the happy news of the birth of their daughter.”

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