Lawyers for Prince Andrew’s accuser, Virginia Roberts have released photos showing that papers notifying him about the civil sex case were posted to his home address.
The picture shows a large white envelope with the head of his mother the Queen on a first-class stamp being put into a Royal Mail postbox last week on September 9.
It was posted by an employee from the London office of Boies Schiller Flexner in what is said to have been one of five attempts to reach Andrew, reported The Sun.
The letter was addressed to ‘Prince Andrew’ at his 30-room mansion at Royal Lodge on the private Windsor Great Park, which is three miles from Windsor Castle.
It comes as the High Court gave Andrew’s legal team seven days to challenge its decision to begin notifying him about the civil sex case in New York against him.
The court in London accepted on Wednesday a request by Virginia Giuffre’s lawyers to formally contact the Duke of York about the legal proceedings launched in the US.
Andrew’s team are said to be contesting the court’s decision, over the lawsuit by Ms. Giuffre who alleges the Queen’s son sexually assaulted her when she was a teenager.
Ms. Giuffre, who was previously known as Virginia Roberts, is seeking unspecified damages but there is speculation the sum could be in the millions of dollars.
Prince Andrew, Virginia Roberts, then 17, and Ghislaine Maxwell pictured in London in 2001
She claims she was trafficked by Andrew’s former friend and sex offender Jeffrey Epstein to have sex with the duke when she was aged 17 and a minor under US law.
Andrew, who is currently at Balmoral with the Queen, has repeatedly denied the allegations.
The High Court said in a statement: ‘Lawyers for Prince Andrew have indicated that they may seek to challenge the decision of the High Court to recognise the validity of the Hague Convention request for service made by Ms Giuffre’s lawyers.
‘The High Court has directed that any challenge must be made by close of business on September 24.’