Queen Elizabeth II's cousin facing jail time for molesting guest at Queen Mother's ancestral home

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Simon Bowes Lyon, the Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne and a distant cousin of Queen Elizabeth II, is facing a five-year jail term for sexually attacking a guest at his ancestral home, which was also the childhood home of the late Queen Mother.

The aristocrat has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a woman last year while she was sleeping during a luxury event he was hosting at the Glamis Castle. Simon reportedly barged his way into the victim’s bedroom in an inebriated state and groped her while telling her he wanted to have an affair.

The charge against the earl states that he repeatedly pushed his victim onto a bed, tried to pull up her nightdress, pushed her against a wall, and tried to kiss her and touch her during the ordeal that lasted more than 20 minutes. When she rejected his advances, he is believed to have called her a “rude, mean, bad and horrible person” and told her she could not tell him what to do.