The Queen’s cousin jailed for 10 months after sex attack on victim at Queen Mother’s childhood home

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The Queen's cousin has been jailed for 10 months for a sexual assault which took place at the Queen Mother's home.

Simon Bowes-Lyon, 34, has also been placed on the sex offenders register for 10 years after abusing his 26 year old victim at his ancestral home, Glamis Castle in Scotland, last February.

Sheriff Alistair Carmichael told Simon at Dundee Sheriff Court on Tuesday morning that the offence was so serious that he had to go to prison because it would "send the wrong message to others", denying him of his plea for a suspended sentence.

The court heard that SImon's victim, who has not been named, still has nightmares about the attack more than a year after incident after undergoing cognitive behaviour therapy.

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In a statement issued outside court, Bowes-Lyon said: "I am greatly ashamed of my actions which have caused such distress to a guest in my home.

"When I realised what I had done I apologised quickly to the woman concerned.

"I apologise wholeheartedly again today. I am deeply sorry for my behaviour and the anguish it has caused.

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"Clearly, I had drunk to excess on the night of the incident.

"As someone who is only too well aware of the damage that alcohol can cause, I should have known better. I recognise, in any event, that alcohol is no excuse for my behaviour.

"I did not think I was capable of behaving the way I did but have had to face up to it and take responsibility.

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"Over the last year this has involved seeking and receiving professional help as well as agreeing to plead guilty as quickly as possible.

"My apologies go, above all, to the woman concerned but I would also like to apologise to family, friends and colleagues for the distress I have caused them."

Simon, who was known as Lord Glamis until his father's death in 2018, is a first cousin twice removed of Queen Elizabeth II.

His family owns Glamis Castle, the childhood home of the Queen Mother, and inherited a share of his father's £40million estate following his passing.

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