A cousin of Queen Elizabeth II was jailed for 10 months on Tuesday for sexually assaulting a woman who was a guest at his ancestral castle in Scotland.
Simon Bowes-Lyon, Earl of Strathmore, admitted to assaulting the 26-year-old woman in February 2020 in a bedroom at Glamis Castle, which was the childhood home of the Queen’s late mother.
His victim is still suffering from nightmares from the 20-minute attack, in which Bowes-Lyon entered her room uninvited and touched her while he tried to remove her nightgown, the Dundee Sheriff’s Court heard, according to the BBC.
Bowes-Lyon, 34, who is a twice separated first cousin to the queen, pleaded guilty last month and said he was “very ashamed of my actions that have caused so much distress for a guest in my home.”
“I didn’t think I was capable of behaving like I did, but I had to face it and take responsibility,” he said.
Bowes-Lyon was also listed on the sex offender registry for 10 years.
He had faced up to five years in prison, but got the lighter penalty after his attorney, John Scott, reminded the court that the earl had shown “genuine repentance.”
Glamis Castle, near Dundee in central Scotland, is the childhood home of the late Queen’s mother, who was born Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, and is where the Queen’s sister Princess Margaret was born. said the BBC.
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