Prince Philip's former aide charged with sex assault on girl aged 12

The Duke of Edinburgh’s former equerry has been charged with sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl.
Benjamin Herman, who went on to become a trusted aide to Princess Anne, will appear in court next week to face three counts of indecent assault and one of attempted indecent assault on the girl in the 1970s, when he was working for Prince Philip.
The ex-marine, 79, told a newspaper reporter he would fight the charges.
Police are believed to have scoured Prince Philip’s official diaries from January 1972 to January 1974, the period when Herman is accused of carrying out the attacks.
Officers have also taken statements from former Buckingham Palace staff, it was reported last night.