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Prince Andrew concedes papers WERE served in the sex assault lawsuit filed by accuser Virginia Giuffre

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PRINCE Andrew has officially conceded that the legal papers over Virginia Roberts' sex assault claims were served.

In a joint stipulation filed on Friday in a US federal court, Andrew's attorneys confirmed they had received copies of the complaint and summons.

The legal papers were signed by attorneys from both sides of the case which set the date for the service of process - when Andrew's team was officially notified that the suit was filed - as of September 21.

Under normal procedure, Andrew's legal team would have 21 days to respond to this bringing the deadline to October 12.

However, the new request from the Prince's legal team has asked the deadline be pushed forward to October 29 - something Roberts' team agreed to in return that Andrew's team would not challenge the service of process.

Sources told the Daily Mail that attorneys from both sides spoke by phone to sort out the agreement on September 21.

The day after it was revealed that Andrew, who is ninth in line to the throne, had accepted the papers after they were emailed to the Duke of York’s US lawyer.

David Boies, Virginia’s lawyer, confirmed to The Sun that his firm served the legal papers to Andrew Brettler by FedEx and email.

Virginia - a victim of paedophile Jeffrey Epstein - is attempting to sue the Duke in a New York court after alleging she was forced to have sex with him three times when she was 17.

Andrew has vehemently denied the allegations in the past.

On Thursday the Prince was spotted going for a drive in Scotland despite not having seen his new granddaughter.

The Duke of York, 61, looked pensive as he drove his Range Rover alone through the Queen’s Scottish estate.

He has not left the 50,000-acre site to celebrate with daughter Beatrice, 33 — who gave birth to her first child with husband Edo Mapelli Mozzi on Saturday.

Ex-wife Sarah Ferguson rushed to London after Beatrice went into labour.

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