Prince Andrew latest news: Duke of York to challenge New York court case over papers in sexual assault lawsuit

PRINCE Andrew has hired a top Hollywood lawyer to appear at a hearing in his sex assault civil case.

Hours before a phone conference with his accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre’s team, it's been confirmed that US legal eagle Andrew B. Brettler will represent the royal.

In a notice submitted to the court today by the royal's legal team, it's confirmed that attorney Mr Brettler "enters this special appearance on behalf of Prince Andrew."

The lawyer will attend the pre-trial hearing, set to begin at 9pm UK time, "for the purpose for contesting purported service of process and challenging jurisdiction."

Andrew, who vehemently denies accusations, took part in a shooting party yesterday.

He hosted guests at the Queen’s private 550-acre Balmoral estate despite the legal challenge facing him.

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    PRINCE HARRY TO JOIN FIRST LADY DR BIDEN TONIGHT FOR WARRIOR GAMES AMID RUMOURS MEGHAN MARKLE ‘COULD RUN FOR PRESIDENT’

    The Duke of Sussex will honour Warrior Games athletes, their families, and caregivers after the 2021 US event was postponed due to Covid.

    He and Jill Biden will be joined by Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin and Ken Fisher, Chairman and CEO of Fisher House Foundation tonight at 6pm ET (11pm GMT), the White House said in a statement.

    It will be Harry’s first event with Dr Jill since she became First Lady and since he and Meghan moved to the United States.

    Ahead of her 40th birthday last month, author Tom Bower said: “And what about the next 40 years? Once Harry has finished promoting his books, will Meghan launch her own global campaign to engage in the swirling muck of American politics?”

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    THE CROWN PRODUCERS REVEAL THE TWO UNKNOWN CHILD STARS TO PLAY PRINCE WILLIAM AND PRINCE HARRY IN NEW SERIES

    Seven-year-old Teddy Rawley will play the young royal, while Timothee Sambor, 11, will appear as his older brother Prince William.

    A source said: “Netflix bosses wanted to make sure they had the right actors for the role given the young royals are so well known and were in the public eye so much at that age.

    “They didn’t rush it and found Teddy and Timothee who they hope will be warmly received. They’re about to become household names in their own right.”

    We told back in June how bosses on the Netflix series had considered dying a child’s hair so they could find someone appropriate for the role of runaway royal Harry.

    Ginger-haired people are in decline, as a recessive gene has to be passed on by both parents. Harry will be aged six to 13 in the next series.

    Harry was previously portrayed by six-year-old Arran Tinker, who had strawberry blonde hair but only appeared briefly.

    Elizabeth Debicki, 31, takes over from Emma Corrin, 25, to play Diana and was seen this week alongside the young actors.

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    NEW BBC PHILIP DOCUMENTARY GOES INSIDE BUCKINGHAM PALACE

    Documentary-makers went inside Buckingham Palace to meet the duke’s long-serving staff and to capture his study, private office and library as they were during his seven decades of public service.

    The programme will air on Wednesday, September 22 at 9pm on BBC One and include interviews filmed both before and after Philip’s death in April.

    It was originally planned to mark the duke’s 100th birthday in June – but the nation’s longest-serving consort died two months before his centenary.

    The BBC added: “With special access to the Queen’s private cine-film collection, this film is an unrivalled portrait of a man with a unique place in royal history – by those who knew him best.”

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    PRINCE ANDREW HIRES TOP HOLLYWOOD LAWYER TO APPEAR AT SEX ASSAULT CASE TO FIGHT VIRGINA ROBERTS’ RAPE CLAIM

    Prince Andrew has hired a top Hollywood lawyer to appear at a hearing in his sex assault civil case, it’s reported.

    Hours before a phone conference with his accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre’s team, it’s believed US legal eagles representing the royal will take part.

    It had been believed they’d stonewall the hearing altogether, amid claims the duke’s UK-based legal team has never intended to participate.

    Read more here.

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    MEGHAN MARKLE’S ENGAGEMENT DRESS DESIGNER ‘USED FASHION HOUSE TO FUND LAVISH LIFE INCLUDING £1,500 WEEKLY SALON TRIPS’

    Tamara Ralph, 39, and her ex-business partner Michael Russo, 40, “personally enriched themselves” before their company Ralph & Russo collapsed, according to claims in documents released by the High Court.

    Ms Ralph is being sued by the company’s administrators for £20.8 million in damages, but has denied any wrongdoing and is defending against the claim.

    Ralph & Russo designed the Duchess of Sussex’s £56,000 engagement dress, as well as gowns for stars including Gwyneth Paltrow and Kylie Minogue.

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    PRINCE ANDREW BELIEVES HE CAN RETURN TO PUBLIC LIFE

    Andrew, 61, is yet to respond to a sex abuse civil claim lodged in a New York court a month ago.

    Jeffrey Epstein’s former sex slave Virginia Giuffre accuses him of “rape in the first degree” and there have been “multiple attempts” to serve him with papers for the lawsuit.

    Andrew, who fled his Windsor mansion for the Scottish Highlands on Tuesday, has previously denied any wrongdoing.

    And a source said he remains “utterly convinced” that he will be able to brush off the claims.

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    WILLIAM AND KATE GIVEN ‘HIGHER ROLES DUE TO THEIR POPULARITY’, SAYS EXPERT

    Andrew Lownie, a royal expert, has claimed that Prince William and Kate Middleton have been given ‘higher roles due to their popularity’.

    He told the Express : “We’re in a period of what can be called a soft regency, in effect the Queen is standing back, not doing many roles.

    “The roles that she is doing are being accompanied by Prince Charles, everyone is being prepared for Charles and Camilla.

    “As a result, William and Kate, who seem to be very popular, are stepping into the position that Charles and Camilla had.

    “Because they are, I would say almost more popular than Charles and Camilla, they’ve probably been given a higher role.”

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    MONARCHY WILL DIE OUT BEFORE GEORGE HAS CHANCE TO BECOME KING, CLAIMS NOVELIST

    Novelist Hilary Mantel has claimed that there are only two generations left in Britain’s monarchy, and thus Prince George will never be crowned king.

    Although Ms Mantel says that she admires the determination of Queen Elizabeth, she feels that the modernisation of the world means that the royals time is running out.

    The novelist, who previously branded Kate Middleton a ‘plastic, jointed doll‘ with ‘no personality of her own’ spoke to The Times about her prediction for the future of the monarchy.

    As the article points out, the 69-year-old is accused of hating England, and Brexit voters since she stated she wanted to become an Irish citizen.

    The novelist, best known for her Wolf Hall trilogy which followed the rise of blacksmith’s son Thomas Cromwell to Henry VIII’s chief minister, to his downfall and execution, says she admires the Queen’s determination.

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    HOW IS PRINCE ANDREW LINKED TO JEFFREY EPSTEIN?

    The Duke of York said he first met Jeffrey Epstein, a billionaire financier, in 1999 with the now dead banker once describing him as his "best friend."

    That was also the year the UK press reported on the pair's friendship.

    The pair are thought to have flown together on Epstein's private jet to the US Virgin Islands.

    And in June 2000, Epstein and his Brit "madam" ex, Maxwell were both guests at a party hosted by the Queen at Windsor Castle.

    Prince Andrew also became close with Maxwell – pictured together that same year at a Halloween party hosted by Heidi Klum in New York.

    Just over a month later, in December 2000, the then 40-year-old prince, threw Ms Maxwell a surprise birthday party at Sandringham, with Epstein among the guests.

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    EXPLAINED: WHAT ARE THE ALLEGATIONS AGAINST PRINCE ANDREW?

    Virginia Roberts — who now uses her married name Giuffre — launched a legal battle against Prince Andrew on August 10, 2021, accusing him of sexually abusing her at Jeffrey Epstein’s mansion.

    She said it was "past the time for him to be held to account" for allegedly sexually assaulting her when she was a teenager.

    But Prince Andrew has previously strenuously denied her claim he had sex with her.

    Lawyers for Ms Giuffre filed the civil suit seeking various damages at a federal court in New York, where the court documents claim she was "lent out for sexual purposes" by convicted sex offender Epstein including while she was still a minor under US law.

    The lawsuit specified that that Ms Giuffre was “forced to have sexual intercourse with Prince Andrew against her will” and lists offences including “rape in the first degree."

    Read the article in full here.

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    PRINCE CHARLES COULD REWRITE CONSTITUTION AND LET WILLIAM TAKE POWER AFTER QUEEN DIES, DIANA’S FORMER VOICE COACH CLAIMS

    The Prince of Wales is next in line to the throne, but Stewart Pearce – who worked with Diana for two years – believes he may abdicate the "difficult task" and allow his son to reign.

    He told the Daily Star: "She (the Queen) is preparing to leave, and when she leaves the whole psycho-physical nature of monarchy will change.

    "And who knows, constitutional law may be rewritten.

    "He (Charles) may not take the throne, he may hand it to his young son.

    "He doesn’t want to do it, such a difficult task."

    Prince Charles could let William take over after the Queen dies, it's been claimed Credit: The Sun
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    MEGHAN AND HARRY’S AMBITIONS HAVE “BACKFIRED” AND THEY ARE MORE TRAPPED THAN EVER, ROYAL AUTHOR SAYS

    Duncan Larcombe, the author of Prince Harry: The Inside Story, says the couple moved to LA to try to forge their own path but their mounting unpopularity means it may have backfired.

    He said:“If freedom is being able to say what you want, when you want, to whoever you choose to speak to, then Harry has found a degree of freedom. But if freedom is having good will behind you to live in peace, being able to live life as you want it or being at peace with the people you’ve rowed with, then freedom has not been achieved.

    “It’s backfired. Harry and Meghan seem to have totally isolated themselves – they’re more trapped than ever in this new life they’ve created.”

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    QUEEN TO SPLIT HER TIME BETWEEN BUCKINGHAM PALACE AND WINDSOR CASTLE AFTER SUMMER BREAK, EXPERT CLAIMS

    The Queen is to split her time between Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace after her summer break, sources say.

    It is suggested the arrangement is to fend off potential criticism of the £369million refurbishment bill of the palace.

    Expert Roya Nikkhah said: “Otherwise many people would think, ‘What’s the point’ of the refurb?’ ”

    Her Majesty, 95, has been at Balmoral since June — her first stay there since Prince Philip died in April.

    She spent much of the pandemic at Windsor in Berkshire, but is ex­pected to spend more time in London when she gets back.

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    THE PRINCESS ROYAL ATTENDS THE CEREMONY OF THE CONSTABLE’S DUES AT THE TOWER OF LONDON

    The Princess Royal has attended the Ceremony of the Constable’s Dues at the Tower of London.

    Apparently, "when a Royal Navy vessel sails through London, it is tradition to present the Constable with a barrel of wine – the “dues”."

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    KATE MIDDLETON & WILLIAM ‘TOOK GEORGE, CHARLOTTE & LOUIS TO FRANCE FOR THE WEDDING OF DUCHESS’ BROTHER JAMES MIDDLETON’

    Kate Middleton and Prince William are said to have taken their three children to France for the wedding of Kate’s brother, James Middleton.

    James tied the knot with partner, Alizée Thevenet, and his nephews and niece, George, eight, Charlotte, six, and Louis, three, were said to be in attendance.

    ITV’s royal editor Chris Ship took to Twitter to say: “I hear William and Kate *did attend the wedding. 

    “And took George, Charlotte and Louis too…(Sounds like a nice weekend).”

    The entrepreneur, 34, announced that he tied the knot to French financial analyst Alizée Thevenet, on Sunday on his Instagram account.

    The happy couple wedded in a secret ceremony in the French village of Bormes-les-Mimosas on the famous Côte d'Azur.

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    CLOSE TIES

    Meghan's close political ties include Jill Biden, who Harry first met at a reception for British and US wounded warriors in Washington, when Joe was serving as Barack Obama’s Vice President. 

    Since then, Harry and Jill have met up on a number of occasions, with her even coming over to London to support the royal’s Invictus Games.

    The pair are understood to have bonded over their military ties – with Jill's stepson Beau, a former army major, tragically passing away in 2015 from brain cancer.

    In 2014, Jill travelled to London for Harry's inaugural Invictus Games, where they were pictured smiling together during several of the events.

    Joe Biden joked he was "a little worried" about how much time Harry and Jill were spending together, something the then-Vice President repeated in 2016 when his wife met the Prince at the Games in Orlando.

    "Jill went to London for the last Games. She spent too much damn time with Prince Harry," he said. 

    Read the article in full here.

    Prince Harry is said to have a close friendship with First Lady Dr Jill Biden
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    BREAKING: PRINCE ANDREW HIRES TOP HOLLYWOOD LAWYER TO APPEAR AT SEX ASSAULT CASE TO FIGHT VIRGINA ROBERTS’ RAPE CLAIM

    Prince Andrew has hired a top Hollywood lawyer to appear at a hearing in his sex assault civil case, it's reported.

    Hours before a phone conference with his accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre’s team, it's believed US legal eagles representing the royal will take part.

    It had been believed they'd stonewall the hearing altogether, amid claims the duke’s UK-based legal team has never intended to participate.

    Read more here.

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    RUMOURS MEGHAN MARKLE ‘COULD RUN FOR PRESIDENT’ (CONTINUED…)

    Author Tom Bower added that Meghan could use her high-profile connections to fuel her political dreams.

    "With the support of Democrat godfathers the Clintons and the Obamas, Meghan should have little difficulty getting ­nominated as one of the state’s 40 Congressmen sent to Washington," Bower wrote.

    "If Californians flock to her ­Crusade for Goodness, then after two terms — just four years — she can establish her political roots. After that, fate would take over.

    "If one of the state’s two Senate seats comes free and she has ­mastered the trade, a mixed-race woman should be a strong runner.

    "She could also run for the state’s governorship, one of ­America’s most prestigious offices."

    And these steps could lead to her running for the US presidency, Bower said.

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    PRINCE HARRY TO JOIN FIRST LADY DR BIDEN TONIGHT FOR WARRIOR GAMES AMID RUMOURS MEGHAN MARKLE ‘COULD RUN FOR PRESIDENT’

    The Duke of Sussex will honour Warrior Games athletes, their families, and caregivers after the 2021 US event was postponed due to Covid.

    He and Jill Biden will be joined by Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin and Ken Fisher, Chairman and CEO of Fisher House Foundation tonight at 6pm ET (11pm GMT), the White House said in a statement.

    It will be Harry's first event with Dr Jill since she became First Lady and since he and Meghan moved to the United States.

    Ahead of her 40th birthday last month, author Tom Bower said: "And what about the next 40 years? Once Harry has finished promoting his books, will Meghan launch her own global campaign to engage in the swirling muck of American politics?"

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    EXPLAINED: WHAT IS GOING ON WITH THE PRINCE ANDREW SERVED STORY?

    Lawyers acting for Ms Giuffre insist they have served papers on Prince Andrew for a sex assault lawsuit by leaving them with police at the gate of Windsor Royal Lodge on August 27.

    But sources said the Prince’s team believe they had laid a trap for her lawyers and would argue the summons had not been properly served as it should be delivered via a ­British court official.

    Yet lawyers for Ms Giuffre — now 38 but just 17 at the time of the alleged rape in the first degree — are certain they have followed the correct protocol.

    US District Judge Lewis Kaplan, overseeing the case, will rule on whether he has been served. Ms Giuffre’s people have talked with Johanna Sjoberg and Steve Scully, said to be key witnesses, in recent weeks, The Sun on Sunday can reveal.

    Her lawyer David Boies said: “We’ve spoken to a woman who saw them at the Jeffrey Epstein’s mansion and a man who ­witnessed them on the island.”

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    PRINCE WILLIAM IS PORTRAYED AS VILLAIN FOR ‘REFUSING TO SPEAK OUT ON RACISM’ IN CONTROVERSIAL NEW TV FILM ESCAPING THE PALACE

    Harry&Meghan: Escaping the Palace will dramatise the Sussex’s ‘escape’ from the Royal Family after the birth of their son Archie.

    The film will portray Prince William as the villain and will show him lecturing his older brother from not speaking out on racism.

    Images show Prince Harry (played by Jordan Dean) and Prince William (played by Jordan Whalen) arguing in a Kensington Palace garden.

    William tells Harry: “What causes problems isn’t colour, it’s culture. Meghan an American. She acts more like a celebrity than a Royal.”

    “You need to bloody well make a statement with me decrying racism. As future King, you need to push on this horrific bullying.”

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    MEGHAN MARKLE AND PRINCE HARRY’S EXPLOSIVE OPRAH INTERVIEW MISSES OUT ON EMMY TO STANLEY TUCCI’S FOOD SHOW

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's bombshell chat with Oprah Winfrey was up against Stanley Tucci: Searching For Italy and My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman, in the best hosted nonfiction series category.

    The interview, which was watched by more than 49million people globally in the first three days after it aired, saw the couple raise a number of controversial issues concerning their life in the Royal Family.

    But despite sending shock waves through the monarchy, the CBS interview was beaten by Tucci's six part CNN series on Sunday.

    The program sees the actor travel around Italy trying various dishes and unveiling guarded secrets about the land.

    Neither Harry nor Meghan attended Sunday's low-key ceremony for creative arts, which precedes the main Emmy Awards show next week.

    Read more here.

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    MEGHAN MARKLE’S BROTHER THOMAS JR WRITES HER AND PRINCE HARRY ANOTHER BOMBSHELL LETTER ON BIG BROTHER VIP

    Meghan Markle's brother has written another letter to her and Prince Harry, a trailer for Big Brother VIP has revealed.

    The second teaser, released today, shows Thomas Markle Jr. sitting in the diary room of the reality show announcing plans to write to his half-sister.

    "You know I'm famous for writing letters," the 55-year-old Thomas says in the trailer sitting beside former Survivor contestant Luke Toki.

    "I'm gonna write a letter to Meghan," he explains as he leans down onto a table in the diary room and puts pen to paper.

    "Dear Meghan and Harry," he begins. "The first thing I want to say to both of you…"

    His voiceover then trails off and a question appears on the screen that reads: "What's in the letter?"

    In May 2018, he wrote an explosive open letter telling Meghan to call off the upcoming nuptials, blasting it as a "fake fairy tale".

    However, he reportedly later backtracked on the letter, which he said was written in a "moment of madness".

    In the promo, the 55-year-old announces that he will write a letter to his half-sister Credit: Seven
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    MEGHAN MARKLE AND PRINCE HARRY’S EXPLOSIVE OPRAH INTERVIEW MISSES OUT ON EMMY TO STANLEY TUCCI’S FOOD SHOW

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex‘s bombshell chat with Oprah Winfrey was up against Stanley Tucci: Searching For Italy and My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman, in the best hosted nonfiction series category.

    The interview, which was watched by more than 49million people globally in the first three days after it aired, saw the couple raise a number of controversial issues concerning their life in the Royal Family.

    They claimed a member of the family had spoken of their concern about the colour baby Archie’s skin would be.

    And Harry spoke of the rift between him and his father, which at one point he said led to Prince Charles “not taking may calls”.

    The couple also accused Buckingham Palace of playing down Meghan’s suicidal thoughts and said they decided to step away from royal life as a result of the issues.

    But despite sending shock waves through the monarchy, the CBS interview was beaten by Tucci’s six part CNN series on Sunday.

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    PRINCE ANDREW WON’T SEND LAWYERS TO SEX ASSAULT CASE TODAY AND WILL SWERVE THE HEARING

    His US lawyers will not be joining the phone conference with his accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre’s team, as they continue to stone-wall the case.

    The duke’s UK-based legal team has never intended to participate.

    His accuser’s lawyers insist he has been served court papers in accordance with English and international law.

    They say a copy of the summons was emailed to Royal Household staff and his lawyers were informed by email and post.

    However, Gary Bloxsome, the duke’s lawyer, claimed correct procedure was not followed and that the papers should be served through a British court official.

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