A First Royal Court Of Law AppearancePosted on December 19, 2011 by admin in Criminal law
Prince Harry is to become the first royal to appear in a court of law. The 27-year-old recently rushed to help a friend who was being mugged but because he overheard the assault take place, Prince Henry of Wales was required to give police a statement. The royal had been talking to his friend Thomas van Straubenzee on the phone at the same time the man was robbed of his Blackberry mobile on a London street. Harry gave a statement regarding the wrongdoing after hearing the scuffle take place and is now part of the on-going investigation which means he could become the most senior Royal to ever appear in court.
Mr van Straubenzee, 28, is childhood friends with the Prince and they attended Ludgrove School in Berkshire and Eton together. Mr van Straubenzee is also a close friend of Prince William and was one of his ushers at his wedding in April this year. It is reported in police records that the royal heard the exchange take place and that himself and a security officer drove to the scene immediately and circled the streets looking for his pal. After not finding him and fearing that his friend had been hurt, Harry drove to Wandsworth Police station where he found Mr van Straubenzee reporting the crime.
According to Wandsworth police, a man has been arrested in connection with the robbery. The stolen mobile phone has been recovered and the man was released on bail. An aide has reported how the Prince leapt into action after their conversation came to an abrupt end to offer some comfort and friendly support. It is believed to be the very first time a senior royal has ever walked into a police station to give a statement and the son of Diana, Princess of Wales, could find himself appearing above a judge in court.