Prince Andrew spotted at Balmoral with the Queen hours after US lawsuit accuses him of sexual abuse

Prince Andrew has been seen arriving at Balmoral where his mother, the Queen, is currently enjoying her annual retreat

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JULY 01: Prince Andrew, Duke of York, attends a commemoration service at Manchester Cathedral marking the 100th anniversary since the start of the Battle of the Somme. July 1, 2016 in Manchester, England. Services are being held across Britain and the world to remember those who died in the Battle of the Somme which began 100 years ago on July 1st 1916. Armies of British and French soldiers fought against the German Empire leading to over one million lives being lost. (Photo by Christopher Furlong - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
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Prince Andrew has been spotted arriving at the Queen's Scottish residence in Balmoral, just a few hours after a lawsuit accusing him of sexual abuse was filed in the US.

Prince Andrew has been spotted arriving in a Range Rover at the Queen's Scottish, Balmoral Castle

It has been reported that Prince Andrew left his home, Royal Lodge in Windsor, a few hours before the US Summons arrived at his Windsor residence.

Prince Andrew has yet to make a formal response to this summons. This means that he could face a civil ruling in his absence if he refuses to respond to the lawsuit.

Alternatively, the Prince could contest the lawsuit which means he would face a public legal battle.

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The Duke of York was joined in Balmoral, by his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson.

The Duke's daughter, Princess Eugenie also visited Balmoral with her husband Jack Brooksbank and their young son August Brooksbank. The family-of-three arrived in Scotland on Wednesday at Aberdeen Airport after flying from London Heathrow.

One royal source told the Mirror that rather than enjoying a holiday, the Duke has been summoned for crisis talks with the Queen.

"He was summoned up to Balmoral, there’s no doubt about it," said one source. "The Duke is locked in talks, both with the Queen and his advisors which includes his ex-wife who it’s fair to say is his closest confidant."

They added, "It’s no surprise to anyone Fergie has ended up being very publicly back on the scene mere weeks after the Duke of Edinburgh’s death."

"Everyone knows the clock is ticking and all the whole further embarrassment is being caused but after this latest turn he is fighting to save the last crumb of his reputation."

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Melania Trump, Prince Andrew, Gwendolyn Beck and Jeffrey Epstein at a party at the Mar-a-Lago club, Palm Beach, Florida, February 12, 2000. 

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The members of the royal family have often used Balmoral Castle as their holiday retreat for their summer months and the Scottish castle is very much seen as a haven for them.

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The Queen, Duke of Edinburgh, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Charles at Balmoral in 1960

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It's unclear how long Prince Andrew will be staying at Balmoral Castle with other members of his family. It also remains to be seen whether the Prince, or any other members of the royal family, will release a statement in response to this sexual abuse lawsuit.

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