According to a court document, Prince Andrew intends to challenge a US court’s jurisdiction over a civil complaint filed by a woman accusing him of sexual assault.

A lawyer for the Duke of York said in a declaration with the US District Court in Manhattan that the prince also intends to question whether he was properly served with the complaint by accuser Virginia Giuffre.

Ms Giuffre has consistently denied any sexual contact or involvement with Prince Andrew.

A pre-trial conference will be held later in the civil action by a US court.

The hearing, which will take place in New York City, will determine whether Ms Giuffre’s legal team did enough to deliver civil complaint paperwork to the Duke.

The documents were presented to a Metropolitan Police officer on duty at the main gates of Andrew’s residence in Windsor Great Park on August 27, according to Ms Giuffre’s lawyers.

However, the papers were not properly served, according to Blackfords, a law company that represents the prince “in certain UK affairs.”

The US District Court for the Southern District of New York will assess whether the efforts to give the papers to the prince were sufficient or whether more is required.

Ms Giuffre alleges she was trafficked to have sex with the Duke by Andrew’s former acquaintance and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein when she was 17 and a child under US law.

She has previously made claims against Epstein, the prince, and the American’s ex-girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell, but this is the first time she has challenged Andrew in such a formal environment.

Ms Giuffre had previously stated in a statement that the complaint was filed under the Child Victims Act on the grounds that she was trafficked to him and sexually abused by him.

She stated, “I am holding Prince Andrew accountable for what he did to me.”

In a 2019 interview with BBC Newsnight, Prince Andrew stated clearly that he had never had intercourse with Ms Giuffre, adding, “I can absolutely categorically guarantee you it never happened.”

The duke claimed that he had “no recall” of ever seeing her and that her account contained “a number of inconsistencies.”

He’s also speculated that a photograph of him with his arm around Ms Giuffre was altered.

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