The father-in-law of Pippa Middleton is being investigated by French police over allegations he raped a female minor.

David Matthews, the father of James Matthews who married the Duchess of Cambridge’s sister last summer, was questioned by police on Tuesday over an alleged attack and placed under formal investigation by a magistrate.

The alleged rape is said to have happened in 1998-9, and was reported to police in 2017. Mr Matthews denies the “untrue and scandalous accusation”.

Under French law, being put under formal investigation means there is “serious or consistent evidence” that points to probable involvement in a crime. It is a step toward a trial but investigations can be dropped without proceeding to court.

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