Former royal aide charged with sexually abusing girl

A former aide to the Duke of Edinburgh has been accused of sexually abusing a girl in the early 1970s.

Benjamin Herman, 79, is charged with three indecent assaults against the youngster, who was about 12, between 1972 and 1974.

During this time Herman served as the Philip's equerry, or personal assistant.

A spokesman for the Crown Prosecution Service said: "Benjamin Herman, 79, will appear at Wimbledon Magistrates Court on Monday. He is charged with three counts of indecent assault between 1972 and 1974 on a girl aged around 12."