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Prince Andrew served with legal papers for sexual assault lawsuit, according to US court document

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Prince Andrew has been served with the legal papers for a lawsuit in which he is accused of sexual abuse, according to a court document.

Lawyers representing Virginia Giuffre, who is suing the Duke of York, say in the document that the civil lawsuit was handed to a Metropolitan Police officer on duty at the main gates of the The Royal Lodge, Windsor Great Park, on 27 August at 9.30am.

Sources close to the prince say he has not been served the papers in person.

The source couldn’t confirm if security had received the papers.

Ms Giuffre claims she was a victim of financier and convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

She claims she was made to have sex with Prince Andrew when she was 17, and a lawsuit was filed last month in a federal court in Manhattan.

The prince has always categorically denied any sexual contact or relationship with her.

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According to the document, there was a first attempt to serve the papers on the prince on 26 August, when an agent went to Windsor Great Park.

A Metropolitan Police officer who was the head of security said they had been told not to accept service of any court process, or let anyone trying to serve legal papers on to the property.

The agent then returned the following day and was told the court process could be left with the police officer at the main gate “and that this matter would then be forwarded on to the legal team”.