British Army soldier dismissed for groping female comrade’s bottom at party attended by Wills and Kate

A SOLDIER has been thrown out of the army for groping a fellow soldier’s bum at a party attended by Prince William and his wife Kate.

“Very drunk” Lance Corporal Shane Ritchie ran his hand down the woman’s back as he reached for a cigarette – and cupped her buttocks.

Lance Corporal Shane Ritchie groped a fellow Irish Guardsman at a St Patrick's Day party at their barracks in Aldershot


Lance Corporal Shane Ritchie groped a fellow Irish Guardsman at a St Patrick’s Day party at their barracks in AldershotPhoto credit: Solent

She told his court-martial in Bulford, Wilts: “It was a firm touch, a grip.”

The harassment took place in March 2022 at a St Patrick’s Day party hosted by the Irish Guards at their barracks in Aldershot, Hants.

Kate, now Princess of Wales, handed out a shamrock.

Ritchie, 25, from Belfast denied sexual assault.

He was convicted, released and given a community directive.

Judge General Jane England called it “unsolicited sexual conduct while under the influence of alcohol”.

On damage control, defense attorney Matthew Bolt said: “LCpl Ritchie’s life has been shattered.

“He lost his job, his career and his good name.

“You could call that a moment of madness.

“He has two young children and a long-term partner … he’s now secured an apprenticeship as a sprayer.”

Ritchie was also ordered to do 60 hours of unpaid work.

Edmuns DeMars

Edmund DeMarche is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Edmund DeMarche joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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