Queen’s cousin Simon Bowes-Lyon face jails over intercourse assault at royal fort
The Queen’s cousin faces jail for a violent intercourse assault on a visitor at his ancestral house.
Simon Bowes-Lyon barged his manner into the girl’s bed room whereas she was sleeping throughout an occasion he was internet hosting at Glamis Fort – the childhood house of the Queen Mom.
He repeatedly grabbed his sufferer and informed her he needed to have an affair together with her in the course of the drink-fuelled assault, which lasted greater than 20 minutes.
He’s mentioned to have tried to drag up her nightdress, and pushed her up towards a wall and groped her.
Simon Bowes-Lyon, a cousin of the Queen, faces jail after he sexually assaulted a visitor at his ancestral house. Pictured: Bowes-Lyon exterior Dundee Sheriff Court docket as we speak
The violent incident, to which the 34-year-old aristocrat has admitted, passed off at Glamis Fort – the childhood house of the Queen Mom. The fort, discovered close to the village of Glamis in Angus, Scotland is the seat of the Earl and Countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne
When she rejected his advances, he’s mentioned to have referred to as her a ‘impolite, imply, unhealthy and horrible particular person’ and informed her she couldn’t inform him what to do in his own residence.
She ultimately managed to get him out of the room and despatched messages asking different company for assist, just for him to return and attempt to get into the room once more.
Bowes-Lyon, 34, who’s the Queen’s cousin twice eliminated, admitted a cost of sexually assaulting the girl at Dundee Crown Court docket yesterday.
He faces as much as 5 years in jail for the offence. The aristocrat was granted bail yesterday and positioned on the intercourse offenders register as his sentence was deferred for reviews.
Sheriff Alistair Carmichael additionally ordered that Glamis Fort must be assessed for its suitability for a tagging order.
Bowes-Lyon, 34, who’s the Queen’s cousin twice eliminated, admitted a cost of sexually assaulting the girl at Dundee Crown Court docket
Bowes-Lyon, identified for his love of quick automobiles and holidays with actuality TV stars, was named one of many UK’s most eligible bachelors by Tatler in 2019. Pictured: Simon Bowes-Lyon along with his father the Earl of Strathmore in 2000
The cost acknowledged that he repeatedly pushed his sufferer on to a mattress, tried to drag up her nightdress, pushed her towards a wall, and tried to kiss her and contact her in the course of the occasion on the 16,500-acre property final yr.
The younger girl managed to fend off his advances till he ultimately left her room, positioned in his non-public wing of the fort in jap Scotland.
Bowes-Lyon – who as a 15-year-old walked behind Prince William within the Queen Mom’s funeral cortege – issued an apology to his sufferer as he left court docket, including that he’s ‘significantly ashamed’ of his conduct and that ‘alcohol isn’t any excuse’.
The court docket was informed the incident occurred as Glamis Fort hosted a number of individuals for a luxurious weekend.
Bowes-Lyon (circled) – who as a 15-year-old walked behind Prince William within the Queen Mom’s funeral cortege – issued an apology to his sufferer as he left court docket, including that he’s ‘significantly ashamed’ of his conduct and that ‘alcohol isn’t any excuse’
On the primary evening, the sufferer seen no one was speaking to Bowes-Lyon, who is called ‘Sam’, throughout dinner and he or she engaged him in dialog.
The next night there was a black-tie dinner and, after the girl went to mattress, Bowes-Lyon carried on ingesting earlier than arriving uninvited at her room at 1.20am.
Fiscal depute Lynne Mannion mentioned: ‘She was asleep and was woken by knocking on the door.’
She mentioned Bowes-Lyon, a great-great nephew of the Queen Mom, informed the girl: ‘It’s Sam. It’s necessary. Please let me in.
‘She thought one thing was mistaken so she bought up. It was pitch black. The second she opened the door he pushed his manner in and pushed her on to the mattress.
‘He was very drunk and smelled of cigarettes. He informed her he needed to have an affair. He tried to drag her nightdress up.
Glamis Fort has been the seat of the Bowes-Lyon household since 1372. The Queen Mom, who was born Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon in 1900 (pictured), grew up there
‘She went into the en suite to get away however the accused adopted her, stopped her closing the door, and lit a cigarette. She squeezed previous and went again to the bed room.’
Miss Mannion mentioned Bowes-Lyon then pushed his sufferer up towards a wall and groped her and grabbed her backside.
She added: ‘She raised her voice within the hope that one other visitor would hear her. She panicked as a result of she didn’t know the format of the fort. She had no sign. He refused to depart. He bought into mattress and commenced pulling at her. She needed to hold pushing him off.’
Residence to the Queen Mom… and Macbeth
Glamis Fort impressed Shakespeare and was the childhood house of the Queen Mom.
It has witnessed a few of Scotland’s most momentous historic occasions over the previous 1,000 years. King Malcolm II was killed at a searching lodge on the location of the present-day fort in 1034.
Within the Shakespeare tragedy, Macbeth lived at Glamis Fort within the eleventh century, though in actuality the king had no connection to the place.
Glamis has been the seat of the Bowes-Lyon household since 1372. The Queen Mom, who was born Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon in 1900 (pictured), grew up there.
Throughout the First World Warfare she labored as a nurse when a part of her ancestral house was used as a hospital for wounded troops.
Glamis Fort was the place she was wooed by the then-Duke of York – the longer term George VI – and so they spent a part of their honeymoon there.
The Queen Mom, pictured, gave start to Princess Margaret on a stormy evening at Glamis in 1930. She was the primary royal child born in Scotland since 1600.
Bowes-Lyon referred to as her ‘a impolite, imply, unhealthy and horrible particular person’ and informed her she couldn’t inform him what to do in his own residence.
After greater than 20 minutes she ultimately managed to get him out of her room and despatched a sequence of messages asking different company for assist.
Bowes-Lyon returned and tried to get into the room once more, however the girl managed to pay money for one other visitor in one other a part of the fort and he got here to assist.
The person later reported that she was ‘distressed’ when he spoke to her and that Bowes-Lyon had fallen asleep when he went to confront him concerning the incident.
The girl fled the fort within the morning and flew house to instantly report the matter to police.
Bowes-Lyon emailed an apology to the girl and he supplied one other apology for his behaviour in court docket yesterday.
His barrister, John Scott QC, mentioned: ‘He’s actually sorry for what he accepts was shameful conduct.’
He mentioned Bowes-Lyon had since been to counselling to attempt to perceive his behaviour.
Talking exterior court docket yesterday, Bowes-Lyon mentioned: ‘I’m significantly ashamed of my actions which have prompted such misery to a visitor in my house.
‘Clearly I had drunk to extra on the evening of the incident. As somebody who is just too nicely conscious of the injury that alcohol may cause, I ought to have identified higher. I recognise, in any occasion, that alcohol isn’t any excuse for my behaviour.
‘I didn’t assume I used to be able to behaving the way in which I did however have needed to withstand it and take accountability.’
Bowes-Lyon, identified for his love of quick automobiles and holidays with actuality TV stars, was named one of many UK’s most eligible bachelors by Tatler in 2019.
The nineteenth and sixth Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne, he was styled Lord Glamis till his father’s demise in 2016.
Amongst his well-known buddies are Made In Chelsea TV stars Hugo Taylor and Oliver Proudlock, Bryan Ferry’s son Otis and mannequin and socialite Poppy Delevingne.
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