PRINCE Andrew billboards emblazoned with the word “wanted” and the phrase “no one should be above the law” have appeared across Britain.
Posters have sprung up in at least five places as the Duke of York is under fire after he has been accused of attempting to dodge a rape trial.
Andrew strongly denies all charges against him as papers filed by Virginia Roberts Giuffre’s legal team alleged that he assaulted her when she was just 17 years old.
The Duke is detonated at Balmoral Castle in Scotland for attempting to evade papers served while on holiday with his mother, The Queen.
Anti-monarchy campaign group Republic put up striking banners as part of a crowdfunded campaign for “#EndtheMonarchy”.
Republic told Online that two billboards have been put up in Edinburgh, while three have been put up in London.
Andrew’s face is lit with the slogan “Wanted”, followed by the anti-royal message “a democratic alternative to the monarchy”.
Another has a picture of the duke only with the message that “no one should be above the law”.
Other billboards put up by the group across Britain also target Prince Charles and carry general anti-monarchical messages.
Republic CEO Graham Smith criticized the “CDD” scandal, saying it was the most damaging thing to the monarchy in decades.
“The message is clear – he is dragging the monarchy into the mud,” he told Online.
“He thinks he can escape and hide behind Metropolitan Police officers using the ‘catch me if you can’ defense.”
Virginia alleges that he was trafficked to have sex with Duke by convicted billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein and his alleged Madam Ghislaine Maxwell.
Andrew claims he has never even met Virginia, has cast doubt on a photo of them together, and denies any wrongdoing over his friendship with Epstein.
However, the 61-year-old can no longer “deny” official court papers after a settlement was reached at the High Court in London.
The feeling that this is one rule for them and another for someone else, is a fundamental point of injustice
Mr Smith told Online: “It is understandable that this is one rule for them and another for someone else, a fundamental point of injustice.
“This has been going on with Andrew for ten years – and it’s getting worse for him since this civil trial started.”
He added that Andrew also risks harming the Queen’s reputation if he continues to “hide behind her security and in her home” – adding that she is “not only his mother, she is the head of state” because he He was urged to take action.
Lawyers representing her accuser Ms Roberts asked British courts to notify the royal after the earlier papers were dismissed, citing technicalities.
And the High Court in London today accepted a request to formally contact the Duke about civil proceedings initiated in the US.
Documents can be left with security at Balmoral’s gate and still legally presumed to have been served, it is understood.
This is because if the High Court posts the paperwork to the Duke’s address it is served under UK law and the Hague Convention.
Ms Giuffre’s lawyer, David Bois, explained: “The bottom line is that Prince Andrew is being served.
“That is the gist of what the High Court says. It cannot refuse.”
Andrew could attempt to deny the complaint, he said, and his attorneys would then have to provide testimony and supporting documents.
Or he could try to challenge the jurisdiction of a US court – regardless of being served – and argue that he is not subject to the jurisdiction of New York.
Either way they will have only 21 days to respond.
The High Court said: “The lawyers acting for Ms. Giuffre have now provided further information to the High Court, and the High Court has granted the request for service under the Hague Service Convention.
“The legal process has not yet been completed, but the High Court will now take steps to operate under the Convention, unless the service is arranged by agreement between the parties.”
Judge Lewis Kaplan ordered lawyers another week to serve the writ and warned Andrew that it would happen “sooner or later” at a pre-trial hearing in New York on Monday.
At the first pre-trial hearing, Duke’s lawyer Andrew Brettler said his legal team had “significant concerns” about the trial and called it “unfounded”.
He said Ms Giuffre had previously reached a “settlement agreement” that would quash her case.
Andrew has previously pledged to assist his former friend Epstein in any investigation as he denies all allegations.
But his team and US prosecutors have a long-standing war of words over how much aid they have offered them.
Ms Giuffre is seeking an undisclosed amount of compensation and punitive damages over the charges.
She claims that she feared for her life when she was allegedly coerced into having sex with Andrew, who was accused of being aware of her age and status as a “sex-trafficking victim”. is charged with.
Espstein hanged himself in his prison cell in 2019 while awaiting trial over sex-trafficking crimes.
Maxwell was arrested last July and is set to stand trial in November for allegedly recruiting underage girls to have sex for a disgraced New York financier.
He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Online has contacted a representative for Prince Andrew for comment on the hoarding.
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