Virginia Roberts lawyers release photo of papers posted to Prince Andrew

Attorneys for Prince Andrew’s prosecutor, Virginia Roberts, have released a photo showing documents informing him of the marital sex case posted to his home.

The photo shows a large white envelope depicting his mother the Queen’s head on a first-class postage stamp placed in a Royal Mail mailbox on 9 September last week.

It was posted by an employee of Boies Schiller Flexner’s London office in what was reportedly one of five attempts to reach Andrew. The sun.

The letter was addressed to ‘Prince Andrew’ at his 30-room mansion at the Royal Lodge in private Windsor Great Park, three miles from Windsor Castle.

It comes as the Supreme Court has given Andrew’s legal team seven days to challenge its decision to notify him of the New York civil sex case against him.

The photo shows a large white envelope depicting his mother the Queen’s head on a first-class postage stamp placed in a Royal Mail mailbox on 9 September last week.

The letter was posted by an employee of Boies Schiller Flexner’s London office in what was reportedly one of five attempts to reach Andrew over the civil sex case.

The London court on Wednesday granted a request from Virginia Giuffre’s lawyers to formally contact the Duke of York about legal proceedings initiated in the US.

Andrew’s team is said to challenge the court’s decision on Mrs Giuffre’s lawsuit alleging the Queen’s son sexually assaulted her when she was a teenager.

Ms. Giuffre, formerly known as Virginia Roberts, is seeking unspecified damages, but speculation is that the amount could run into the millions of dollars.

She claims she was trafficked by Andrew’s former boyfriend and sex offender Jeffrey Epstein to have sex with the Duke when she was 17 years old and a minor under US law.

The judge in the case, U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan, has ruled that Ms. Giuffre’s legal team may attempt to deliver the papers to Andrew’s attorney in Los Angeles, whether or not the Duke has given him permission to accept it.

Prince Andrew was pictured in Balmoral on Wednesday, where he is staying with the Queen

Prince Andrew was pictured in Balmoral on Wednesday, where he is staying with the Queen

Ms Giuffre’s lawyers have said the service of the papers “is not intended to be a game of hide-and-seek behind palace walls.”

Virginia Giuffre Pictured After a 2019 New York Jeffrey Epstein Case Hearing

Virginia Giuffre Pictured After a 2019 New York Jeffrey Epstein Case Hearing

Andrew, who is currently in Balmoral with the Queen, has repeatedly denied the allegations.

The Supreme Court said in a statement: “Lawyers for Prince Andrew have indicated that they may challenge the Supreme Court’s decision to recognize the validity of the request for service of the Hague Convention from Mrs Giuffre’s lawyers.

“The Supreme Court has ruled that any dispute must be filed before September 24.”

The issue of whether Andrew was notified of the case — known as service of proceedings — was disputed during the first preliminary hearing of the civil case on Monday in New York.

David Boies, who represents Ms Giuffre, said the papers were “delivered to the defendant’s last known address” and the documents had also been sent “by Royal Mail”.

Andrew B Brettler, the Duke’s lawyer, said the Royal Family’s team has disputed the validity of the service to date, adding that it has not been properly served under UK or international law.

Under the Hague Service Convention, a treaty governing requests between countries for evidence in civil or commercial matters, Ms Giuffre’s legal team can ask the High Court in London to formally notify Andrew of her civil suit.

Prince Andrew, Virginia Roberts, then 17, and Ghislaine Maxwell pictured in London in 2001

Prince Andrew, Virginia Roberts, then 17, and Ghislaine Maxwell pictured in London in 2001

Court documents filed last night in New York indicate that Andrew’s lawyers are seeking to discuss the definition of a “court bailiff,” as a possible indication of how he intends not to grant ground in the civil suit against him.

U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan has ruled that Ms. Giuffre's legal team may attempt to deliver the papers to Andrew's attorney in Los Angeles.

U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan has ruled that Ms. Giuffre’s legal team may attempt to deliver the papers to Andrew’s attorney in Los Angeles.

In the lawsuit filed under her married name, Ms. Giuffre alleges that she was smuggled to the Duke by Epstein and is seeking damages for rape, assault and violence.

Andrew’s powerful legal team alleges that Ms Giuffre’s lawyers do not have the authority to approach the Supreme Court, which this week said it would present the court documents to the prince if the two sides cannot reach an agreement.

Andrew’s side has argued that Mr Boies is not a “judicial, consular or diplomatic officer” of the US.

The London court initially agreed with the Duke, but changed its decision after protests from his opponents, Boies Schiller Flexner (BSF), who cited the US law.

But Gary Bloxsome, acting for Andrew, wrote to Senior Master Barbara Fontaine within hours on Wednesday: “We argue that your original decision of September 14, 2021 to reject BSF’s direct request was correct, and your subsequent decision of September 15, 2021 is wrong .

Prince Andrew is seen with his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson leaving Windsor on September 7

Prince Andrew is seen with his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson leaving Windsor on September 7

“We request that the original decision be reinstated and that the reasons be communicated to BSF immediately.”

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Mrs Giuffre claims she was trafficked by Andrew’s former boyfriend and sex offender Jeffrey Epstein to have sex with the Duke

The judge said she would not “rule this disputed matter by email” and ordered Andrew to file a proper legal request, which could result in an appeal being heard in court.

But Andrew’s argument cannot hold true anyway after Mr Boies petitioned the New York court last night to contact his London counterpart directly. In his bid, Mr Boies wrote: ‘Mrs Giuffre requests the court to exercise its discretion to order alternative service on the basis of.’

The paperwork has already been left with police guards at Andrew’s Windsor’s home, Royal Lodge, and emailed to his lawyers, but he disputes that they were served to him correctly.

Her side accused him last night of trying to evade the case by arguing against the agency, while at the same time trying to build his defense by asking for a copy of the deal.

In the court papers, they wrote, “Prince Andrew is actively evading service of Mrs. Giuffre’s claims…while simultaneously trying to use the discovery to support his defense.”

Queen Elizabeth II with her son Prince Andrew on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in June 2019

Queen Elizabeth II with her son Prince Andrew on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in June 2019

Andrew also plans to argue that a financial settlement that Giuffre signed with Epstein in 2009 prevents her from taking legal action against him.

But the Duke’s hopes of unlocking the Epstein deal were quickly dealt a blow last night when a judge ruled it would remain a secret for now.

Last month, Ms. Giuffre agreed to withdraw a sexual assault claim against US attorney Alan Dershowitz as a result of the settlement. Dershowitz has vehemently denied her claims.

He has since filed a request to have the original agreement unsealed, as he believes it might help to drop the case against Andrew as well.

But yesterday, Judge Loretta A Preska, a senior U.S. district judge, rejected his application, saying Dershowitz’s allegation had “no basis.”

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