Prince Andrew has left Balmoral Castle in Scotland to allegedly avoid being served sexual assault papers, according to reports.
The scandal-hit Duke of York and his ex wife Sarah Ferguson are understood to have fled to the Queen’s summer residence, a 50,000-acre Scottish estate.
Andrew has reportedly avoided several attempts by US lawyers to serve legal papers in person at his Windsor mansion, with security guards turning them away, The Sun reports.
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Last month it was revealed US prosecutors probing the activities of British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell and others linked to US financier Jeffrey Epstein consider Prince Andrew a person of interest in the investigation, a source familiar with the inquiry said.
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Last month it was revealed investigators want to interview Andrew about his friendship with Epstein as part of their inquiry into possible co-conspirators, a source said. As a person of interest he is viewed at least as a potential witness.
Prosecutors in 2020 said Andrew had “sought to falsely portray himself to the public as eager and willing to co-operate” but had given no interview to federal authorities and had repeatedly declined requests to talk with investigators.
While Andrew remains a person of interest to prosecutors in the office of the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, they did not expect to be able to interview him in the foreseeable future, if ever, according to the source.
“He doesn’t seem to want to talk to us,” the source said.
Representatives of the prince declined to comment.
Earlier in August, Virginia Giuffre, who has said she was abused by Epstein, filed a civil complaint against Andrew in Manhattan federal court. Giuffre alleges Andrew forced her to have unwanted sexual intercourse at Maxwell’s London home.
Andrew has denied the allegation.
Epstein died by suicide in 2019 while awaiting trial on charges of trafficking minors.
Ghislaine Maxwell has pleaded not guilty to charges that she procured teenage girls for Epstein to sexually abuse between 1994 and 2004. She is expected to go on trial in November.
Prosecutors last year sent the British government a formal request, known as a mutual legal assistance treaty submission, asking for access to the prince so they could talk to him.