Following a claim last week that Prince Andrew refused to accept a letter asking him to testify under oath about the allegations made by Virginia Roberts, lawyers are now trying to serve papers on Andrew at the Washington embassy
Virgina Roberts’ lawyer said yesterday: ‘We are attempting delivery through the British Embassy in Washington.’
This development came the day after Andrew spoke publicly to deny the allegations.
The MailOnline report: The extraordinary letter sent to the duke by her lawyers states: ‘This is a formal request to interview you under oath… at a time and place of your choosing.’
But they say couriers FedEx returned the letter because it was ‘refused’ by the recipient at Buckingham Palace.
It remains to be seen whether the British Embassy in Washington would accept any letter sent on behalf of Miss Roberts. When asked about the possibility last night, a spokesman for the Foreign Office sighed and said he had no information.
Legal experts also say the duke runs the risk of being ambushed with a subpoena next time he visits the US.
If he were handed disposition papers, he would in theory be obliged to attend a court hearing or face the threat of jail. Whether he has diplomatic or royal immunity has never been tested in international law.