The queen’s cousin faces jail for a violent sexual assault on a guest in his ancestral home.
Simon Bowes-Lyon barged into the woman’s bedroom while she slept at an event he was hosting at Glamis Castle – the Queen Mother’s childhood home.
He repeatedly grabbed his victim and told her he wanted to have an affair with her during the alcohol-fueled assault, which lasted for over 20 minutes.
They say he tried to pull up his nightgown, pushed it against a wall and groped it.
Simon Bowes-Lyon, a cousin of the Queen, faces prison after sexually assaulting a guest in his ancestral home. Pictured: Bowes-Lyon outside Dundee Sheriff Court today
The violent incident, to which the 34-year-old aristocrat admitted, took place at Glamis Castle – the childhood home of the Queen Mother. The Castle, located near the village of Glamis in Angus, Scotland, is the seat of the Earl and Countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne
When she rejected his advances, he allegedly called her a “rude, mean, bad and horrible person” and told her that she couldn’t tell him what to do in her own house.
She eventually managed to get him out of the room and sent messages asking the other customers for help, only for him to come back and try to get into the room.
Bowes-Lyon, 34, who is the Queen’s two-time cousin, admitted a charge of sexual assault on the woman at Dundee Crown Court yesterday.
He faces up to five years in prison for the offense. The aristocrat was released on bail yesterday and entered on the sex offender registry as his sentence was postponed for reporting.
Sheriff Alistair Carmichael also ordered Glamis Castle to be assessed for suitability for a marking order.
Bowes-Lyon, 34, who is the Queen’s two-time cousin, admitted a charge of sexual assault on the woman at Dundee Crown Court
Bowes-Lyon, known for his love of fast cars and vacations with reality TV stars, was named one of the UK’s most eligible singles by Tatler in 2019. Pictured: Simon Bowes- Lyon with his father the Earl of Strathmore in 2000
The prosecution said he repeatedly pushed his victim onto a bed, attempted to pull up her nightgown, pushed her against a wall, and attempted to kiss and touch her during the event at the 16,500 acre estate last year.
The young woman managed to repel his advances until he finally left his room, located in his private wing of the castle in the east of Scotland.
Bowes-Lyon – who at age 15 walked behind Prince William in the Queen Mother’s funeral procession – apologized to his victim as he left court, adding he was “greatly ashamed” of his conduct and that ‘alcohol is no excuse’.
The court heard that the incident occurred as Glamis Castle hosted several people for a luxury weekend.
Bowes-Lyon (circled) – who at 15 walked behind Prince William in the Queen Mother’s funeral procession – apologized to his victim as he left court, adding that he was “greatly ashamed” of his conduct and that ‘alcohol is no excuse’
On the first evening, the victim noticed that no one was speaking to Bowes-Lyon, nicknamed “Sam”, during dinner and she engaged him in a conversation.
The next evening there was a black tie dinner and, after the woman went to bed, Bowes-Lyon continued to drink before arriving uninvited to her room at 1:20 a.m.
Tax MP Lynne Mannion said: “She was asleep and was awakened by knocking on the door. “
She said Bowes-Lyon, a great-grandnephew of the Queen Mother, told the woman: “It’s Sam. It’s important. Please let me in.
“She thought something was wrong so she stood up. It was dark. The second she opened the door, he pushed his way through and pushed her onto the bed.
“He was very drunk and smelled of cigarettes. He told her he wanted to have an affair. He tried to pull up his nightgown.
Glamis Castle has been the seat of the Bowes-Lyon family since 1372. The queen mother, born Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon in 1900 (photo), grew up there
“She went to the bathroom to escape but the accused followed her, stopped her from closing the door and lit a cigarette. She crept in and went back to the bedroom.
Miss Mannion said Bowes-Lyon then pushed her victim against a wall and groped her and grabbed her by the buttocks.
She added: “She raised her voice in the hope that another guest would hear her. She panicked because she didn’t know the layout of the castle. She had no signal. He refused to leave. He got into bed and began to shoot her. She had to keep pushing him away.
Welcome to the Queen Mother … and Macbeth
Glamis Castle inspired Shakespeare and was the childhood home of the Queen Mother.
He has witnessed some of Scotland’s most significant historical events over the past 1000 years. King Malcolm II was killed in a hunting lodge on the site of the present castle in 1034.
In Shakespeare’s tragedy, Macbeth lived at Glamis Castle in the 11th century, although in reality the king had no connection with the place.
Glamis has been the seat of the Bowes-Lyon family since 1372. The queen mother, born Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon in 1900 (photo), grew up there.
During World War I, she worked as a nurse when part of her ancestral home was used as a hospital for wounded soldiers.
Glamis Castle was where she was courted by the then Duke of York – the later George VI – and they spent part of their honeymoon there.
The Queen Mother, pictured, gave birth to Princess Margaret on a stormy night in Glamis in 1930. She was the first royal baby born in Scotland since 1600.
Bowes-Lyon called her a “rude, mean, bad and horrible person” and told her that she couldn’t tell him what to do in her own house.
After more than 20 minutes, she finally managed to get him out of her room and sent a series of messages asking other customers for help.
Bowes-Lyon returned and tried to get into the room, but the woman managed to find another guest in another part of the castle and he came to help.
The man later reported that she was “in distress” when he spoke to her and that Bowes-Lyon fell asleep when he went to confront him about the incident.
The woman fled the castle in the morning and returned home to immediately report the case to the police.
Bowes-Lyon emailed the woman an apology and he offered another apology for her behavior in court yesterday.
His lawyer, John Scott QC, said: “He is very sorry for what he accepts as disgraceful conduct. “
He said Bowes-Lyon had since been in consultation to try to understand his behavior.
Speaking in court yesterday, Bowes-Lyon said: “I am deeply ashamed of my actions which have caused such distress to a guest in my house.
“It is clear that I had been drinking to excess the night of the incident. As someone who is all too aware of the damage alcohol can do, I should have known better. I recognize, in any event, that alcohol is no excuse for my behavior.
“I didn’t think I was able to behave the way I did, but I had to face it and take responsibility.
Bowes-Lyon, known for his love of fast cars and vacations with reality TV stars, was named one of the UK’s most eligible singles by Tatler in 2019.
The 19th and 6th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne, he was appointed Lord Glamis until his father’s death in 2016.
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