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Prince Andrew update: High Court accepts Giuffre’s lawyers request to contact Duke of York

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Ms Giuffre claims she was trafficked by the Duke of York’s former friend, and convicted sex offender, Jeffrey Epstein, to have sex with Andrew when she was aged 17 and a minor under US law.

The royal has vehemently denied all the allegations.

Andrew’s legal team said he had not been properly served notice of the case at the first pre-trial hearing was held on Monday in New York.

The High Court in London today confirmed it has accepted a request by Ms Giuffre’s legal team to formally contact Andrew about the case.

Under the Hague Service Convention, a treaty that governs requests between countries for evidence in civil or commercial matters, Ms Giuffre’s legal team can ask the High Court in London to formally notify the Duke about her civil action.

After earlier highlighting an issue with the application, the High Court said later: “The lawyers acting for Ms Giuffre have now provided further information to the High Court, and the High Court has accepted the request for service under the Hague Service Convention.

“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.”

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