Prince Andrew is allegedly “hiding” in his royal mansion in an effort to avoid lawyers who want to serve him a sexual abuse lawsuit, reports claim.
Royal security repeatedly refused officials, who were trying to give the Duke of York the papers, entry to the Royal Lodge, according to The Sun.
The prince’s legal team did not respond to requests for a comment, but in the past the senior royal has strongly insisted the claims against him are false.
It is alleged in the lawsuit he sexually abused Virginia Guiffre in 2001, who was 17 at the time.
Virginia, who was the sex slave of disgraced sex-offender Jeffery Epstein, says she was “lent out” by the Duke’s paedophile former pal.
And she claims Prince Andrew abused her at Epstein's Manhattan home while she was under 18, according to court records.
She has brought proceedings under America’s “Child Victims Act" alleging she was "trafficked to him and sexually abused by him".
Virginia also alleges she was told by Epstein or his socialite associate Ghislaine Maxwell to carry out sex acts with the Duke.
Now, the 38-year-old mum wants damages from the royal.
Prince Andrew – the Queen’s third child – has not made a public appearance in 19 days.
He is refusing to leave his home in Windsor Great Park, Berkshire, according to The Sun.
A source told the outlet there will be more attempts to serve the lawsuit, but the insider didn’t know if there would be any success.
They said: "There’s no way he will risk poking his head outside right now. He will stay out of view.”
A judgement by default could be issued if he doesn’t accept a New York court civil summons, which was issued three weeks ago.
The Duke spoke about the allegations in 2019, during an infamous interview with the BBC.
He claimed: "It didn't happen. I can absolutely categorically tell you it never happened.
“I have no recollection of ever meeting this lady, none whatsoever."
In a later statement, he added: "I continue to unequivocally regret my ill-judged association with Jeffrey Epstein.
“Of course, I am willing to help any appropriate law enforcement agency with their investigations, if required."
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