PARIS (Reuters) – The father-in-law of Pippa Middleton, whose sister Kate is married to British Prince William, was formally under investigation for alleged rape of a minor, a source told Reuters on Friday.
David Matthews, father of Pippa Middleton's husband James Matthews, was arrested by the Youth Protection Brigade (BPM) on Tuesday and formally arrested for alleged rape of a minor under his authority, the source said and confirmed a report Radio Europa 1.
Paris prosecutors arrested Matthews during a visit to France and later released him under judicial control, the source said. The source did not say when he was released. The French police can hold suspects 24 or 48 hours in such cases.
The source said the alleged rape took place in 1998/99. Europa 1 reported that a complaint was filed in 2017.
Reuters was unable to contact Matthews immediately, nor did he have any spokespersons or lawyers for him.
Put under judicial control means that prosecutors have certain conditions attached to his release or have imposed certain restrictions on who he can meet or where he can go. The source did not say what conditions existed in Matthews & # 39; s case.
Pippa Middleton gained national attention in the UK as a bridesmaid at her sister's wedding to William in 2011. Her own lavish wedding with James Matthews last May was one of the most reported social events of the year in which she attended William and his brother Harry, grandson of Queen Elizabeth.
Reporting by Emmanuel Jarry; Letter from Geert De Clercq; Arrangement by Peter Graff