MemberSeptember 19, 2021 at 8:26 am
So, Judge Lewis Kaplan in New York, who is in charge of the Virginia Giuffre case, won’t even consider her claims until he is sure that Prince Andrew has received the allegations in proper legal form and has had time to respond.
And that’s where we’ve currently been stuck – until now – as publicly available documents in the United States show.
On Thursday, 26 August, Cesar Sepulveda, a corporate investigator, turned up at the gates of Windsor Great Park.
Ms Giuffre’s lawyers employed Mr Sepulveda to take the legal papers to the Duke of York’s home.
When he arrived on an unseasonably grey August morning, he had a fruitless wait.
He handed over his business card and despite conversations with police officers standing guard, no officials working for the Prince could be found.
The next day he returned and, in his court statement, he recounts that this time a police officer told him the documents could be left at the gate to be forwarded on to “the legal team.”
Fast forward to 13 September and David Boies, Virginia Giuffre’s lawyer, joins a teleconference in a New York courtroom.
His sole objective was to convince Judge Kaplan that the prince had now been served and the case should proceed.
Legal documents show the lengths that Mr Boies’ and his firm had gone to.
The chase had in fact begun weeks before Mr Sepulveda’s Windsor visit.
Documents were emailed to any British lawyer the Giuffre team could find who had represented the Prince in the past. They sent the requests by courier – and showed the delivery receipts to the US court.
One receipt read: “Hi. Your package was delivered Wed 08/18/2021 at 8.28am. Delivered to Royal Lodge at Windsor… Received by A POLICE OFFICER.”
Ms Giuffre’s team also showed the court a photo of them posting the documents by Royal Mail directly to the prince.