Prince Andrew Leaves Balmoral Estate Amid Rape Lawsuit, May Be Headed To England To Meet Princess Beatrice's Newborn Daughter
After Virginia Roberts sued Prince Andrew for allegedly raping her when she was 17, the father-of-two was staying put at Queen Elizabeth's private Balmoral estate in Scotland. But on the morning of September 30, photogs captured the Duke of York leaving the property, which means he may finally be visiting daughter Princess Beatrice and her newborn daughter, who was born on September 18.
According to The Sun, Andrew was seen driving away from Balmoral at around 10 a.m., and it's believed that he's heading to England. Despite the claims made against him and being served with lawsuit papers on September 20, he reportedly smiled and waved to a passerby.
It was previously reported that the royal missed the birth of his first granddaughter, though ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, whom he was bunking with at the time, returned to England to be by her daughter's side.
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Buckingham Palace released a statement when Beatrice's bundle of joy arrived.
"Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice and Mr Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi are delighted to announce the safe arrival of their daughter on Saturday 18th September 2021, at 23.42, at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London," the message read. "The baby weighs 6 pounds and 2 ounces. The new baby’s grandparents and great-grandparents have all been informed and are delighted with the news."
The statement continued, "The family would like to thank all the staff at the hospital for their wonderful care. Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well, and the couple are looking forward to introducing their daughter to her big brother Christopher Woolf."
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While Ferguson has continued to gush over her newest grandchild, her ex has stayed mum.
"He’s not been his usual blasé self, acting like everything is in hand. The issue has suddenly become very pressing and there is a distinct tension in the air," a source told The Mirror. "There has been a dramatic shift in mood and the reality that this could not only go on for many months, if not years, as well as costing potentially millions of pounds is very real."