Legal documents have now been officially served on Prince Andrew’s lawyers in the United States, informing him of a civil sexual assault case against him, according to Sky News.
The summons and complaint documents were emailed and FedEx sent by legal representatives for her accuser Virginia Giuffre, who is seeking damages after alleging AndrÃ© sexually assaulted her.
The ninth row to the throne and his lawyers strongly denied Ms Giuffre’s claims.
FedEx notification shows the documents were handed over to Andrew B Brettler, at Lavely & Singer, in Los Angeles on Monday.
Under federal rules, the Duke of York has 21 days to respond or could face a default judgment.
The 61-year-old had been accused by Ms. Giuffre’s lawyers of “actively evading” formal efforts to serve the papers on him.
District Judge Lewis Kaplan likened the situation to a “game of hide and seek behind the walls of the palace”.
In response, the High Court of the United Kingdom has accepted an application by Ms. Giuffre’s legal team to formally contact the prince regarding the case against him in the United States.
However, following Tuesday’s development, it is understood that the High Court challenge filed by the Duke’s team is now null and void.
Ms Giuffre, 38, has accused the royal of bodily harm and intentional infliction of emotional distress for alleged misconduct 20 years ago.
The abuse, she claims, happened around the same time billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein was sexually assaulting her.
Ms Giuffre claims she was sexually assaulted by the Duke when she was underage at the home of Epstein’s ex-girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell in London and when he visited Epstein’s homes in New York and on a private Caribbean island.
Court documents say Ms Giuffre believes Prince Andrew knew she was 17 and a victim of sex trafficking.
The Duke denied all the allegations and insisted he couldn’t even remember meeting her, despite a photo showing the couple together.