The elder daughter of the Duke of York was out shopping with her newborn baby Sienna in Chelsea, and was barely recognisable in a £1,300 Burberry wool jacket with leather trim, a furry winter hat and a face covering.
Photographs taken yesterday show the royal only breaking cover when she removed her mask to sip from a coffee cup while she was browsing the sales on Kings Road.
She was later seen ditching her usual chauffeur car with personalised plates for a London black cab, making her even less noticeable to the public eye.
Unaccustomed to travelling in a black cab, Princess Beatrice struggled with getting her baby’s pram inside, so the driver kindly assisted her.
Her shopping trip in London came on the day Prince Andrew had all of his military titles and royal patronages taken away, with the Queen’s ‘approval and agreement’.
A statement released by Buckingham Palace yesterday said that the 61-year-old will be defending the civil sex abuse lawsuit in the US ‘as a private citizen’.
The royal now faces the prospect of a civil trial over accusations that he sexually abused Virginia Roberts Giuffre when she was 17, after a judge denied his attempt to have her lawsuit dismissed.
Previously, the Duke of York claimed to have no recollection of meeting his accuser two decades ago, and has vehemently denied the claims.
Instead of focusing on the joys of motherhood, Princess Beatrice – who gave birth to a baby girl in September – could also have to appear in front of Judge Lewis Kaplan for a cross-examination, according to The Times.
Her dad’s team has been asked to supply evidence to support his claims that he took her to Pizza Express in Woking, Surrey, on the night Ms Giuffre’s alleges he abused her.
This means both Princess Beatrice and her mum Sarah Ferguson could face questioning about that evening.
In the conclusion of his written ruling, Judge Kaplan said the ‘motion to dismiss the complaint or for a more definite statement is denied in all respects’.
He added: ‘Given the court’s limited task of ruling on this motion, nothing in this opinion or previously in these proceedings properly may be construed as indicating a view with respect to the truth of the charges or counter-charges or as to the intention of the parties in entering into the 2009 Agreement.’
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