Prince Harry might end up being the first royal ever to testify in a criminal trial. But don’t worry, it’s only as a witness.
On November 30, Harry was talking on the phone to an old friend, Thomas van Straubenzee, when all of a sudden, in mid-conversation, a mugger grabbed van Straubenzee’s cell phone. Fearing for his friend’s safety, Harry immediately took off with his security detail to the neighborhood, Battersea in south west London, from where van Straubenzee was making the call.
Unable to locate his chum, Harry headed to the local police station, where he ran into van Straubenzee, who was in the process of reporting the incident.
The phone was later recovered, and a man was arrested.
Lawyer Christine Blacklaws said that if the case goes to trial, the Prince could be called as a witness.
“He’s a citizen just like the rest of us, ” Blacklaws told The Express. “I cannot think of a case in recent history where that’s happened, but there’s nothing to prevent that occurring. Royals are not above the law.”
A spokesperson for Clarence House concurred.
“He would do whatever he’s asked to do,” said the spokesperson. “That’s for the CPS [Crown Prosecution Service] to decide. He will do whatever he needs to do on behalf of his friend to bring the alleged criminals to justice.”
Here’s how ABC News reported the story:
In other news related to royals and heroics:
• Harry joined the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to honor the bravery and sacrifice of soldiers at “A Night of Heroes: The Sun Military Awards.” The ceremony, which took place at the Imperial War Museum, was, as its name implies, hosted by the Sun. The awards, “Millies,” as they are called, were given in 11 different categories. Kate and William presented the Most Outstanding Soldier award to Sergeant Ryan McCready, for his ability to win over the trust of an Afghan community, who rejected the Taliban’s influence.
“This is a truly well deserved award,” William told Sergeant McCready of the Royal Irish Regiment. “You exemplify the unique qualities that make the British soldier second to none — courage, steadfastness, sense of humor, professionalism and a deep sense of humanity.”
William, of course, was recognized recently for his own heroic turn in rescuing two Russian sailors in the stormy Irish Sea.
• The Duke of Kent is championing the Windsors as heroes. “I am proud to say that my family and its relationship with India was the most enlightened in the British establishment of those days,” said the Queen’s first cousin, referring to Britain’s colonial empire of a century ago.
“And my grandfather, George V,” he recently told a crowd at London’s Indar Pasricha Fine Arts gallery, “was perhaps the most enlightened of all.”
He said George had “no time” for colonial condescension.
“Indians were seen as valued friends,” he said, “and the maharajas were treated as equals — whatever the size of their territory.” (via The Daily Mail)