Prince Andrew plans to problem a US courtroom’s jurisdiction over a civil lawsuit by a girl who accused him of sexual assault, in response to a courtroom submitting.
Within the submitting with the US District Courtroom in Manhattan, a lawyer for the Duke of York mentioned the prince additionally plans to contest that he was correctly served with the lawsuit by accuser Virginia Giuffre.
Prince Andrew has at all times categorically denied any sexual contact or relationship with Ms Giuffre.
A US courtroom will maintain a pre-trial convention later within the civil lawsuit.
The listening to, which is able to happen in New York Metropolis, will take a look at whether or not Ms Giuffre’s authorized staff has completed sufficient to ship papers concerning the civil lawsuit to the Duke of York.
Ms Giuffre’s legal professionals have mentioned the documents were handed to a Metropolitan Police officer on duty on the fundamental gates of Andrew’s residence in Windsor Nice Park on 27 August.
However Blackfords, a regulation agency that represents the prince “in sure UK issues”, has questioned whether or not the papers had been correctly served.
Choose Lewis Kaplan of the US District Courtroom for the Southern District of New York will determine whether or not the efforts to current the prince with the papers had been sufficient or whether or not extra is required.
Ms Giuffre claims she was trafficked by Andrew’s former good friend and convicted intercourse offender Jeffrey Epstein to have intercourse with the prince, when she was 17 and a minor underneath US regulation.
In a BBC Newsnight interview in 2019, Prince Andrew mentioned he had by no means had intercourse with Ms Giuffre, saying: “I can completely categorically inform you it by no means occurred.”
The duke mentioned he had “no recollection” of ever assembly her and that there have been “a lot of issues which are unsuitable” about her account.
He has additionally recommended a photograph exhibiting him along with his arm round Ms Giuffre could have been doctored.