As if the Queen didn’t have enough on her plate.
Her Majesty’s cousin has today been jailed after breaking into a woman’s room and groping her.
Simon Bowes-Lyon, 34, will be behind bars for ten months for the incident at his ancestral home Glamis Castle in Scotland. Glamis Castle is the seat of the Earls of Strathmore and Kinghorne.
Bowes-Lyon is the son of a cousin of the Queen and great-great nephew of Queen Elizabeth.
He pushed his victim’s nightdress up and grabbed her inappropriately during the attack.
He also told her he wanted to have an affair.
Later he told her she was a “rude, mean, bad and horrible person” when she confronted him about his behaviour.
The incident happened after a black-tie dinner at the Castle, where Princess Margaret was born, the court heard.
A drunken Bowes-Lyon, who had been up drinking until 1.20am, made his way uninvited into his victim’s room.
The court heard from Fiscal depute Lynne Mannion: “She thought something was wrong so she got up. It was pitch black. The second she opened the door he pushed his way in and pushed her on to the bed.
“He was very drunk and smelled of cigarettes. He told her he wanted to have an affair.
She continued: “He tried to pull her nightdress up. She went into the en suite to get away but the accused followed her, stopped her closing the door, and lit a cigarette. She squeezed past and went back to the bedroom.
Mannion continued: “She raised her voice in the hope that another guest would hear her.
“She panicked because she did not know the layout of the castle.
The depute said: “She had no signal.”
“He refused to leave. He got into bed and began pulling at her. She had to keep pushing him off.”
The victim eventually expelled Bowes-Lyon from the bedroom. But he soon made a second attempt to get into the bedroom.
His disturbed victim left Glamis Castle the next morning and went straight to the police.
Bowes-Lyon previously plead guilty to the attack in February last year at Dundee Sheriff Court.
The Earl told the police he was a farmer.
He walked behind Prince William at the Queen Mother’s funeral cortege when he was 15 years old.
‘Impact on emotional well-being’
Sheriff Alastair Carmichael said Bowes-Lyon’s victim has suffered after-effects due to the attack.
The sheriff said: “Even now – one year on – she still, occasionally, has nightmares and feels panicked because of being sexually assaulted by you.
He continued: “This has also had an impact on her emotional wellbeing.”
In a statement outside court after pleading guilty last month, Bowes-Lyon 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.
“I did not think I was capable of behaving the way I did but have had to face up to it and take responsibility,” he continued.
“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.”
The Daily Mail reported that Bowes-Lyon will lose his role as honorary chieftain of the Strathmore highland games.
A source told the paper: “He will lose the title after the sentencing”
“How could we have someone representing us who is on the sex offenders’ register?”
It really has been an annus horribilis, hasn’t it?
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