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Queen Elizabeth II's Cousin Jailed for 10 Months for Sexual Assault

Newsweek logo Newsweek 2/23/2021 Jack Royston
a man standing in front of a building: Simon Bowes-Lyon arrives at court on February 23, 2021 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Bowes-Lyon, a distant cousin of Queen Elizabeth, was jailed for ten months for sexually assaulting a 26-year-old woman at Glamis Castle. © Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Simon Bowes-Lyon arrives at court on February 23, 2021 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Bowes-Lyon, a distant cousin of Queen Elizabeth, was jailed for ten months for sexually assaulting a 26-year-old woman at Glamis Castle.

Queen Elizabeth II's cousin has been jailed for 10 months for a sexual assault on a woman at the childhood home of the Queen mother.

Simon Bowes-Lyon admitted groping the 26-year-old woman during a 20-minute ordeal at his Glamis Castle ancestral home in Scotland.

The Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne was hosting several people over the weekend for a lifestyle magazine feature when he launched the attack on February 13, last year.

Bowes-Lyon, who walked behind the Queen mother's coffin alongside Prince William at her funeral, pleaded guilty in January at Dundee Sheriff Court.

He was handed a ten-month jail sentence today, Sky News reports.


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Attorney Lynne Mannion previously told the court: "He was very drunk and smelt of cigarettes. He told her he wanted to have an affair.

"He grabbed her breast very hard. 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.

"He pushed her against the wall and grabbed her nipple again, so hard that it still hurt the next day. He grabbed her bottom and her vagina. She raised her voice in the hope that another guest would hear her."

Bowes-Lyon reportedly told the woman: "I'm going to f*** you."

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