Prince Andrew receives court papers, the latest amongst a lifetime of scandals

Princes Andrew has made the headlines again
Had the Duke been served the papers?
The service of proceedings
Confirmed the Duke had been notified
Prince Andrew - sued
Giuffre holds Prince Andrew accountable, Andrew says nothing
No one is above the law
Andrew denied all allegations previously
Prince Andrew has to talk
Court document:
Two years in the shadows
No public activities
Queen Elizabeth II's favourite son
Prince Andrew's past
The Playboy Prince
The polemics of prince Andrew
The Falklands War: a heroic moment for Prince Andrew
Then came Sarah Ferguson
His divorce from Sarah Ferguson
Why did Andrew and Sarah separate?
Sarah Ferguson on the divorce
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Reconciliation?
Prince Andrew and Jeffrey Epstein:
'Airmiles Andy'
'Randy Andy'
Andrew and Virginia: did it happen?
One night at the Pizza Express
Too many loose ends
No one else remembers Pizza Express
Sarah Ferguson's opinion
Total support
What does his mom (Elizabeth II) think?
Official communiqué
Prince Charles's opinion
Withdrawal from the Royal Household?
Difficult times for Andrew's family
Princes Andrew has made the headlines again

The world is watching how the civil proceedings against Prince Andrew will fare out. Shrouded in mystery and secrets, it is down to the courts in New York to uncover what happened between Prince Andrew and Virginia Giuffre all those years ago.

Had the Duke been served the papers?

The first pretrial hearing of the civil case on 13th September investigated the claim that Prince Andrew's legal team had declared he had not been served the papers and, therefore, not been notified about the case.

The service of proceedings

Guiffre's lawyers stated that the Duke had indeed been served with the papers and the notification, known as the service of proceedings, had been delivered to a Metropolitan police officer on duty at the main gates of Andrew’s home in Windsor Great Park on 27 August.

Confirmed the Duke had been notified

Despite Andrew's legal team contesting the claim, it has now been confirmed the papers were served on 21 September. The duke has until 29 October to provide a response. But what are the details to this claim?

Prince Andrew - sued

On Monday, the 9th of August, Prince Andrew had a law suit filed against him. He is said to have abused Virginia Giuffre (also Epstein's accuser) when she was 17 years old. Epstein died almost two years ago in a cell awaiting his trial for conspiracy and child trafficking charges.

Giuffre holds Prince Andrew accountable, Andrew says nothing

“I am holding Prince Andrew accountable for what he did to me,” Giuffre said in a statement, according to Reuters. In the same response to the Epstein scandals, Andrew and his spokespeople have had no comment for the press.

No one is above the law

According to the BBC, the case, filed under the New York's Child Victims Act read, "In this country no person, whether president or prince, is above the law, and no person, no matter how powerless or vulnerable, can be deprived of the law's protection," the documents read.
"Twenty years ago Prince Andrew's wealth, power, position, and connections enabled him to abuse a frightened, vulnerable child with no one there to protect her. It is long past the time for him to be held to account."
Photo - mural in Shoreditch, London

Andrew denied all allegations previously

In 2019 the Prince directly denied allegations made by Ms Giuffre. "It didn't happen. I can absolutely categorically tell you it never happened. I have no recollection of ever meeting this lady, none whatsoever," he told BBC Newsnight. Despite a photo being released with his arm around Giuffre, both smiling at the camera.

Prince Andrew has to talk

The Jeffrey Epstein (now Epstein/Andrew) case has become an ever greater scandal for Prince Andrew. American prosecutors want answers from the aristocrat. What does he know about his late friend Epstein's criminal activities? Will Andrew himself confess? And how far will they go to make him speak?

Court document: "Epstein tried to incriminate the prince"

In the Epstein-Maxwell sex trafficking case, a court document surfaced about Prince Andrew's role in the criminal activities. It suggested that Epstein forced a girl to sleep with the prince "to obtain potential blackmail information." He did not only do it with Andrew but also with other well-known leaders and businesspeople.

"Zero co-operation" from Prince Andrew

The prince's friendship with American tycoon and sex offender Jeffrey Epstein has caused him trouble since the early 2000s. Prosecutors have pressed the prince to testify, even more so after Epstein died in his cell awaiting trial in 2019. But the prince has lent "zero co-operation," the BBC quotes the American prosecutor.

Two years in the shadows

The Prince stepped back from his public duties to limit any possible embarrassment to the Crown nearly two years ago and has been seen on rare public occasions. Aside from a few visits to his mother and children, he was seen this year in his biggest public event at Prince Philip's funeral. It seems he won't be returning to public royal duties any time soon.

No public activities

For the prince the Epstein case is not the first painful moment in public, but it is probably the worst. Here's an overview of the controversies in which Andrew, the second son of Queen Elizabeth II and Philip of Edinburgh, was involved over the years.

Queen Elizabeth II's favourite son

Earlier in life, "he had it all," CNN says. "He was the favourite son of Queen Elizabeth II. A decorated war hero. A playboy prince, once upon a time, much desired. But his relationship with sex offender Jeffrey Epstein has cast a particularly dark shadow over him."

Prince Andrew's past

Born in February 1960, Andrew of England is the eighth in line of succession to the British throne and the current Duke of York. The brother of Prince Charles, 'Andy' was always one of the most popular members of the British Royal Household.

The Playboy Prince

Media outlets like CNN have described Andrew as a renowned party-goer. His "colorful past" of romances and travels is illustrated with names like "Randy Andy" and "Airmiles Andy."

The polemics of prince Andrew

According to the famous royal chronicler Richard Fitzwilliams, any biography of Prince Andrew should contain three main stories: his service in the Falklands, his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, and - of course - his connection with Epstein.

The Falklands War: a heroic moment for Prince Andrew

The war between Britain and Argentina for the control of the Falkland Islands in 1982 was a heroic episode for Andrew. He served on the HMS Invincible aircraft carrier as a helicopter pilot and rose to the rank of commander on his military merits.

Then came Sarah Ferguson

After several more or less serious relationships, Prince Andrew married Sarah Ferguson at Westminster Abbey in July 1986. They were to have two daughters: Beatrice and Eugenie of York.

His divorce from Sarah Ferguson

The wedding, as well as the entire relationship, was a media spectacle. After six years of ups and downs, the couple separated in 1992 and signed their divorce papers in 1996.

Why did Andrew and Sarah separate?

According to Hello Magazine, photographs of Ferguson with the Texan billionaire Steve Wyatt were "the trigger" for the divorce. The magazine reported that "the Duchess had long endured hostile treatment because of her resistance to adapting to the norms of the Crown."

Sarah Ferguson on the divorce

"I've destroyed my life", Sarah Ferguson said in Hello Magazine in 1993. "We all make mistakes. I'm sorry and I'm moving on." In her biography, a few years later, she emphasized that the pressures of royal life had been "killing me by inches."

A "great person"

"Andrew is my best friend and a great person," she told Hello Magazine. "We are the parents of two wonderful daughters."

Read more about Andrew and Sarah, their marriage, and their divorce.

Reconciliation?

After his divorce from Sarah Ferguson, Andrew continued to be friends with her. So much so, that several media spoke of a possible reconciliation. But it never came to that.

Prince Andrew and Jeffrey Epstein: "Prince & Perv"

The most scandalous episode to date in the life of Prince Andrew would come in the 2000s. Photographs of him and his friend Jeffrey Epstein, a notorious suspect of sex offenses with underaged women, would come to haunt him.

'Airmiles Andy'

In the 1990s and the early 2000s, 'Airmiles Andy' would travel around the world for parties and vacations. He would play golf with president Bill Clinton one day, and visit the private Caribbean island of his billionaire friend Jeffrey Epstein the next.

'Randy Andy'

Women were also part of the prince's travels. And that's where his friendship with Epstein became a shady situation. One of the women trafficked by the billionaire, Virginia Giuffre, now claims that she was forced to sleep with Andrew when she was a minor. The alleged offense would have taken place in 2000 and 2001.

Andrew and Virginia: did it happen?

There is, in fact, a photo of Prince Andrew in which he appears to grab the 17-year-old Virginia by the waist. When asked about it by BBC journalist Emily Maitlis in 2019, Andrew denied the allegations of sexual abuse.

"I don't know this lady"

The BBC journalist: "She says she met you in 2001, dined and danced with you in a London nightclub and had a sexual relationship with you that night. What's your answer?"

Andrw: "I don't remember meeting this lady at all."

(Image: BBC News)

One night at the Pizza Express

"Don't you remember meeting her?" Emily Maitlis replied, to which Andrew said: "No." When asked about the photo with the young woman, Andrew insisted that he was with his daughters on the same day the picture was taken. "I took Beatrice to a party at Woking's Pizza Express," he told the BBC.

(Image: BBC News)

Too many loose ends

Several British media state that Andrew's answers don't make him look innocent. "They leave too many loose ends," lawyer Mark Stephens argues in The Guardian. He was the attorney who represented James Hewitt after his alleged affair with Diana of Wales. Stephens calls the interview "a catastrophic mistake."

No one else remembers Pizza Express

In late 2020, moreover, the Mail reported that Andrew's family and personnel had no recollection whatsoever of his supposed attendance at a pizza party on the specified date. He now seems to stand alone with his 'alibi,' and that is a great embarrassment to the royal house, the Mail concludes.

Sarah Ferguson's opinion

However, Sarah Ferguson has continued to support her ex-husband. She wrote on Twitter about the "kindness + goodness" of her ex-partner. "Andrew is a true + real gentleman." On Instagram she says: "We have always walked tall and strong, he for me and me for him."

Total support

"I am deeply supportive and proud of this giant of a principled man, that dares to put his shoulder to the wind and stands firm with his sense of honour and truth," the former wife of Prince Andrew says.

What does his mom (Elizabeth II) think?

For her part, Queen Elizabeth II has also stayed on the side of her son. In addition to appearing in public with Andrew (a gesture that, according to some media, clearly demonstrates her support), she also had Buckingham Palace send out an official statement on behalf of her son.

Official communiqué

"The Duke of York is shocked at the recent news about Jeffrey Epstein's alleged crimes," the statement reads. "His Royal Highness condemns the exploitation of any human being and the suggestion that he might have participated in, consented to or animated such a thing is utterly abhorrent."

Prince Charles's opinion

And what is the opinion of Prince Charles? According to The Telegraph, the Prince of Wales defends his brother but also reacted with "disbelief and alarm" to Andrew's BBC interview.

Withdrawal from the Royal Household?

If Prince Charles becomes King of England, he "may deprive his younger brother of his official membership of the British Royal House," The Telegraph reported, citing a source close to the Prince of Wales.

Difficult times for Andrew's family

Meanwhile, Andrew himself has already taken the step to withdraw from all public activities. How will the scandal unfold for him and his family, including ex-wife Sarah Ferguson and their daughters Eugenie and Beatrice?

Read more about the life of Sarah 'Fergie' Ferguson

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