Prince Andrew is terrified to travel outside the UK. He’s terrified that the FBI will send some international SWAT team to rendition him to the US for questioning in connection to his role in Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell’s human trafficking operation. He’s also terrified to leave any “royal property” for fear that David Boies’ process server will jump out of a bush to serve him with papers for Virginia Giuffre’s lawsuit. He’s been hiding from the process server since July, and since he returned from a trip to Balmoral, he’s been hiding out in Royal Lodge, on the larger Windsor Castle estate. Well, apparently poor pervert Andrew was going stir crazy in Windsor. So he jetted off to see mummy again.
Prince Andrew, who was once used to jetting off to America, the Caribbean, or Europe on lavish vacations, has seriously circumscribed vacay options these days. Now, in an itinerary of dreary summer travels that would have appalled the “Air Miles Andy” of old, Andrew has fled to the safety of his mother’s Balmoral estate in Scotland for the second time in a month.
Andrew is believed to have made the dash north in an attempt to avoid the humiliation of being physically served papers in Virginia Roberts Giuffre’s upcoming civil lawsuit against him. British newspaper the Sun published pictures of Andrew and his ex-wife, Sarah Ferguson, who still lives with him, in the passenger seats of a car that was apparently whisking them the 500 miles to Balmoral. The paper says there have been “multiple attempts” to serve the papers on Andrew at his home, Royal Lodge in Windsor Great Park.
Andrew is reported to have been going “stir-crazy” at the property. Although the Lodge, which was formally the late queen mother’s home, has extensive grounds that are a far from claustrophobia-inducing 98 acres, Andrew has reportedly been unwilling to go outside for fear of being pounced on by agents working for famed U.S. attorney David Boies.
Boies previously said in a BBC interview that it was not legally necessary to physically serve Andrew with any paperwork. However Andrew is believed to be fearful the theatrically minded Boies may seek to do so anyway, to shame Andrew and boost interest in the case.
Andrew might feel freer to venture outside at Balmoral, which includes some 50,000 acres of grouse moors, forestry, and farmland, access to which is tightly controlled, especially when the queen is in residence.
A source told the Sun: “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.”
While I think the way this story is framed is kind of funny, I would like to point out that in recent years, Andrew has made multiple summer trips to Balmoral too – like, he’ll go for two weeks, then go on a golfing trip to Spain, then he’ll go back to Balmoral for a few weeks, and on and on. The reason why his travels are notable this year is because he’s carefully avoiding international travel, and because he doesn’t want to get caught off royal property. Nevermind that Balmoral is technically a “private” property – he clearly feels that David Boies would not be so bold as to send a process server to Scotland. Boies should absolutely do that!
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