Queen’s relative released from prison after ‘serving half of his sentence’ following sexual assault in Scottish castle


A relative of the Queen jailed for sexually assaulting a woman in a castle has been released from prison.

Simon Bowes-Lyon, 35, Earl of Strathmore, was sentenced to 10 months in February for the nighttime attack on a guest staying at Glamis Castle in Angus, his ancestral home.

Bowes-Lyon, the son of a cousin of the Queen, was reportedly released from HMP Perth last week after serving half of his sentence.

He was sentenced to Dundee Sheriff Court after pleading guilty to the assault, which occurred in a castle bedroom 12 months earlier in February 2020.

The court heard the victim was attending a three-day public relations event at the 16,500-acre estate and had gone to bed when a “drunk” Bowes-Lyon came to her room at around 1:20 am.

He persuaded her to open the door before pushing her onto the bed and sexually assaulting her during a 20-minute ordeal.

His victim locked the bedroom door and stuck a chair under the handle to prevent him from entering.

A spokesperson for the Scottish Prison Service said it had not commented on the individual cases.

In a statement outside the court, Bowes-Lyon apologized and said he was “greatly ashamed of my actions which have caused such distress to a guest in my house”.

He said he was “to be drunk” the night of the attack, but admitted it was “no excuse” for his actions.

He added: “I didn’t think I was able to behave the way I did, but I had to face it and take responsibility.

“It involved seeking and receiving professional help as well as agreeing to plead guilty as quickly as possible.”

Glamis Castle is the seat of the Earls of Strathmore and Kinghorne, who were part of the family of the late Queen Mother.

A spokesperson for Strathmore Estates declined to comment.

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