image source, Virginia Roberts image caption Virginia Giuffre, then Roberts, was pictured with Prince Andrew at London in 2001
The High Court of London will formally contact the Duke of York regarding allegations of sexual assault filed in a US court.
Lawyers for Virginia Giuffre, who accused thePrince Andrew, have asked the High Court to contact the prince regarding the civil case opened in New York.
The prince 's lawyers argued that he didn ' t had not been properly notified of the case.
Prince Andrew has always denied Ms Giuffre's claims.
Its spokesperson declined to comment on the latest development.
The Hague Service Convention, a treaty which governs requests for evidence between countriesin civil or commercial matters, allows Ms Giuffre's legal team to ask the High Court in London to formally notify Prince Andrew of her civil action.
The High Court initially dismissed their request, citing a problem with the request, but later said: "The attorneys acting for Ms Giuffre have now provided additional information to the High Court, and the High Court has accepted the request for notification under the Convention of The Hague on notification.
"Legal proceedings have not yet been served, but the High Court will now take action to serve under the convention, unless service be arranged by agreement between the parties. "
At the first preliminary hearing in New York on Monday, the prince's lawyer, Andrew Brettler, argued that he did not had not been properly served under UK or international law.
The lawyersof Ms Giuffre had claimed that papers were left with a policeman at the gates of Prince Andrew's house in Windsor last month - and "served " so well.
The prince is not facing the prospect of an extradition hearing, as this only applies to criminal charges and not civil cases.
So what happens now?
It is now becoming very, very difficult for the Duke of York to avoid being served with documents and having to file a response at the New York courthouse.
A deal international between UK and US courts means the High Court is now under an obligation to find the most practical way to serve the Giuffre case on Prince Andrew.
English law sets rules clear but flexible on how this is to happen - and the court will ultimately decide how best to proceed.
He could order a judicial officer to bring the documents back to Windsor, where Prince Andrew lives.
But US lawyers could ask the High Court to approve udo alternative method, such as posting or emailing them, or leaving them to one of its known attorneys.
In practice, many defendants faced with this situation ultimately agree that they must be served and consent so that they can focus on how they will react and attempt to have the case filed. 'case.
During the hearing, held by conference call, Mr. Brettler also described the civil case against the prince as " baseless, unsustainable [and] potentially illegal ".
And he said that a 2009 settlement between Ms Giuffre and billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein freed the prince from "all responsibility ".
Ms Giuffre , now 38, was an accuser of Epstein, who died in prison in 2019, and assertsI was sexually assaulted by the Prince in three locations, including New York.
Ms Giuffre - then known as Virginia Roberts - says she was assaulted at the London home of the associate of Epstein Ghislaine Maxwell, and at Epstein 's home in Manhattan and Little Saint James, in the US Virgin Islands.
' No recollection '
His case claims Prince Andrew, 61, engaged in sexual acts without Ms Giuffre's consent, including when she was 17, knowing how old she was, and that she was a victim of sex trafficking ".
The Queen 's second son has consistently denied the allegations and, in 2019, told Hfrance.fr Two's Newsnight program: " This does not happen is not happening.
"I can relatively tell you that this has never happened.
"I have no recollection of meeting this lady, none whatsoever.
media legend Prince Andrew said in 2019 that he didn 't remember 'no incident involving Virginie Roberts.