A cousin of Queen Elizabeth II was jailed Tuesday for 10 months for sexually assaulting a woman who was a guest at his ancestral castle in Scotland.
Simon Bowes-Lyon, the Earl of Strathmore, had admitted 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 still suffers nightmares from the 20-minute attack, in which Bowes-Lyon came into her room uninvited and groped her while trying to pull off her nightdress, Dundee Sheriff Court heard, according to the BBC.
Bowes-Lyon, 34, who is a first cousin twice removed of the queen, pleaded guilty last month, saying he was “greatly ashamed of my actions which have caused such distress to a guest in my home.”
Simon Bowes-Lyon is escorted by police after his sentencing on Feb. 23, 2021. Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images
Bowes-Lyon is a first cousin twice removed of Queen Elizabeth II.Richard Pohle – WPA Pool/Getty Images
“I did not think I was capable of behaving the way I did but have had to face up to it and take responsibility,” he said.
Bowes-Lyon was also placed on the sex offenders register for 10 years.
He had faced up to five years in prison, but got the lighter term after his attorney, John Scott, reminded the court that the earl had shown “genuine remorse.”
Glamis Castle, near Dundee in central Scotland, is the childhood home of the queen’s late mother, who was born Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, and is where the Queen’s sister, Princess Margaret, was born, the BBC said.
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Simon Bowes-Lyon arrives at court on February 23, 2021 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images
Simon Bowes-Lyon admitted to sexually assaulting 26-year-old woman in February 2020 in a bedroom at Glamis Castle. Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images