High Court accepts Virginia Giuffre’s request to serve lawsuit on Prince Andrew

Lawyers for Virginia Giuffre asked the British courts to notify Prince Andrew of the case (Picture: Rex; AP)

The High Court has agreed to intervene in Prince Andrew’s with a sex assault civil lawsuit and ensure he is served in accordance with international law.

Lawyers for the Duke of York’s accuser, Virginia Giuffre, asked the British courts to notify him about the case, which had its first hearing in New York this week.

The High Court initially rejected the request, saying the duke had not been properly served, before issuing an update following further correspondence from Ms Giuffre’s team.

It said in a statement: ‘The lawyers acting for Ms Giuffre have now provided further information to the High Court, and the High Court has accepted the request for service under the Hague Service Convention.

‘The legal process has not yet been served but the High Court will now take steps to serve under the convention unless service is arranged by agreement between the parties.’

It will now begin trying to locate the duke, who is reportedly staying with the Queen at Balmoral, or a legal representative, to officially tell him about the case – known as service of proceedings.

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