Prince Andrew has just five days to launch a legal challenge over attempts to formally notify him about a civil sex assault case against him in America.
The Duke of York – who has been staying at Balmoral – is involved in a legal wrangle over whether he has been served with notice about the case being brought by Virginia Roberts Giuffre.
Giuffre is suing him and seeking damages as she has alleged he sexually assaulted her when she was 17 and still a minor under US law.
The prince’s US lawyer, Andrew B Brettler, has stated that the royal has not been properly served with notice of the case under UK or international law.
But now the clock is ticking as last week the High Court in London accepted a request to step in and contact the duke, and he has until Friday to mount a challenge to the decision.
In a statement on Friday, the court said: “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.”
Prince Andrew has denied all of Giuffre’s allegations.
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