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Prince Andrew enjoys secluded lunch with Queen amid Epstein scandal storm

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The Duke of York, who has repeatedly denied all allegations of sexual miscuonduct made against him, was pictured arriving at a lodge in woodland just six miles from the Royal Family’s Balmoral estate in Scotland alongside his security shortly before 1pm. The Queen is reported to have left the property around 90 minutes later.

Pictures published by the Sun sho Andrew standing on a porch – he didn’t reappear after entering the lodge and is thought to have left by another exit.

A source told the Sun: “Prince Andrew arrived just before 1pm and at around 2.25pm. The Queen left – but Andrew was nowhere to be seen.

“His driver then left alone in his Range Rover but Andrew wasn’t there.”

They added: “Clearly [he’s] eager to avoid the spotlight.”

The sighting came after Ms Guiffre’s lawyers claimed they have launched “multiple attempts” to serve legal papers to the Duke at his Windsor mansion.

Andrew, 61, has rejected all attempts over the past fortnight, Ms Guiffre’s lawyers have claimed.

Security guards have reportedly turned them away at the gates at every attempt.

Ms Giuffre claims she was groomed by dead paedophile Epstein as a teenager and alleged she had sex with Andrew three times when she was 17, claims he has vehemently denied.

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Andrew is expected to remain in the safety of the Queen’s private estate over the coming days.

An insider previously said: “Andrew was going stir-crazy inside Royal Lodge for the past few weeks.

“He wasn’t going horse riding and couldn’t step outside because of attempts to serve him with the legal papers.

“He knows he is far safer up at Balmoral on the Queen’s estate.

“Andrew is always described as the Queen’s favourite son but she is meant to be on holiday at Balmoral.

Ms Guiffre’s civil suit will be heard via a telephone conference in New York on Monday.

Andrew and his lawyers have refused to comment on the case.

Express.co.uk has contacted the prince’s representative’s for further comment.

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