The London High Court on Wednesday has accepted Virginia Giuffre legal team’s request to formally notify Prince Andrew about the sexual assault case against him in the United States.
Guiffre alleged that the Duke of York sexually assaulted her when she was aged 17 and a minor under US law.
Andrew’s lawyers said that the legal papers for the case in New York were not properly served and they will contest the US court’s jurisdiction in the civil action.
The High Court of England and Wales in London initially rejected the request by Guiffre’s lawyers but accepted it after Guiffre’s legal team provided unspecified further information.
“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,” said a high court spokesperson.
The Hague Service Convention is a treaty that governs the requests between different nations for evidence in both civil and commercial matters.
Manhattan Judge Lewis Kaplan listed the case for a further hearing on October 17.
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