Simon Bowes-Lyon, a cousin of Elizabeth II, is accused of sexual assault and faces prison.
The year 2020 begins on the hats of wheels for the queen. After a year marked by tense relations with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as well as the scandal around Prince Andrew, a new controversy has once again splashed the name of the sovereign.
One of her cousins, Simon Bowes-Lyon is accused of sexual assault and even faces jail. What happened? The current Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne sexually assaulted a 26-year-old woman in February 2020. The latter was invited to her ancestral home at Glamis Castle in Scotland.
Michael Bowes-Lyon’s son allegedly broke into her bedroom in the middle of the night, and sexually assaulted her on several occasions, the Sun has revealed. The 30-something, accused in Dundee-Crown Court, faces up to five years in prison.
He allegedly entered the woman’s room by force and tried to take off his nightgown. Tax MP Lynne Mannion said Simon Bowes-Lyon was drunk and smelled of cigarettes, telling the woman he wanted to have an affair,
according to the Daily Record. The woman resisted and tried to raise her voice for another guest to hear, but he repeatedly pushed her onto a bed, hugged her, and tried to kiss her.
The young woman managed to get help from another guest staying at the castle. And it was just after this ordeal that she alerted the police.
Simon Bowes-Lyon was released on bail and entered on the sex offender registry, with orders from the judge to assess whether Glamis Castle was okay for him to stay with electronic surveillance. The sentence has been postponed but he faces up to five years in prison, according to the Daily Record. He said in court he was “greatly ashamed”, the BBC reported.
“It is clear that I had drunk excessively the night of the incident (…) I recognize, in any event, that alcohol is not an excuse for my behavior”, he said declared. “I didn’t think I was able to behave the way I did…”
He added: “My apologies go first and foremost to the woman concerned, but I would also like to apologize to family, friends, and colleagues for the distress I have caused them.”