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Queen’s relative jailed for 10 months for sex assault

<p>Bowes-Lyon, who is the son of a cousin of the Queen, was sentenced at Dundee Sheriff Court </p>

Bowes-Lyon, who is the son of a cousin of the Queen, was sentenced at Dundee Sheriff Court

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By @abbiancamak
23 February 2021

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relative of the Queen has been jailed for 10 months for sexually assaulting a woman at his ancestral home.

Simon Bowes-Lyon, 34, the Earl of Strathmore, pleaded guilty to attacking a woman at Glamis Castle, Angus, in February last year.

The court heard that the incident happened in a bedroom at the castle and he repeatedly assaulted the woman over a 20-minute period and tried to pull off her dress. The woman fled the castle the morning after the attack.

Bowes-Lyon, who is the son of a cousin of the Queen, was sentenced at Dundee Sheriff Court on Tuesday.

In a statement outside court after pleading guilty last month, Bowes-Lyon apologised and said he is “greatly ashamed of my actions which have caused such distress to a guest in my home”.

He said he had “drunk to excess” on the night of the attack, which he said was “no excuse” for his actions.

He added: “I did not think I was capable of behaving the way I did but have had to face up to it and take responsibility.

“Over the last year this has involved seeking and receiving professional help as well as agreeing to plead guilty as quickly as possible.

“My apologies go, above all, to the woman concerned but I would also like to apologise to family, friends and colleagues for the distress I have caused them.”

Glamis Castle is the seat of the earls of Strathmore and Kinghorne, part of the late Queen Mother’s family.