The Earl of Strathmore, Simon Bowes-Lyon, who is a great-great-nephew of the Queen Mother and cousin twice removed of Queen Elizabeth, has been sentenced to 10 months in prison for sexual assault.
In January, the 34-year-old pleaded guilty after he was accused of sexually assaulting a 26-year-old woman at Glamis Castle in 2020. Simon persuaded the woman to open her bedroom door, assaulted her and refused to leave during the 20-minute attack.
On Tuesday, the British aristocrat was sentenced to 10 months in prison for the attack at the Scottish castle, which was the Queen Mother’s childhood home, reports CNN, and has since been put on the sex offenders register for 10 years. Prior to sentencing, the castle was being assessed for house arrest, but the judge has concluded that such a sentence would not fit the severity of the crime.
In a statement, Simon Bowes-Lyon said: “I am greatly ashamed of my actions which have caused such distress to a guest in my home. When I realised what I had done I apologised quickly to the woman concerned. I apologise wholeheartedly again today. I am deeply sorry for my behaviour and the anguish it has caused.
“Clearly, I had drunk to excess on the night of the incident. As someone who is only too well aware of the damage that alcohol can cause, I should have known better. I recognise, in any event, that alcohol is no excuse for my behaviour.”