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Prince Andrew is an arrogant man, used to getting his own way, but may have just encountered an irresistible force

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As Virginia Giuffre’s lawyers make their final preparations for tomorrow’s court hearing in New York, their quarry, Prince Andrew, has taken refuge in the safest place he knows: hiding behind his mother’s tartan skirt at Balmoral.

The prince and his ex-wife, Sarah Ferguson, looked distinctly frazzled when they were pictured arriving at the estate on Tuesday.

They had driven from their home in Windsor where Andrew had reportedly felt trapped as numerous attempts were made to serve him with the court papers accusing him of sexual assault and battery.

According to Ms Giuffre’s team, one of those attempts was finally successful and the papers were given to a police protection officer at the gates of Royal Lodge on August 27.

There is, though, a question mark over whether the law in fact requires the papers to be served directly to the prince in person and a court in New York will be asked to decide the issue tomorrow.

The Queen’s 50,000 acres offer high security and maximum privacy. And yet, there is no getting away from the fact that this is a nervous time for Andrew. He........

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