Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex will become the first British royal in 130 years to stand in the witness box at London’s High Court this week as part of his case against Mirror Group Newspapers.
Here is a quick history of British royals in court:
In 1891, King Edward VII, a part of the British royal family, stood in a witness box in the court before he was crowned. He gave testimony in a slander trial over a card game. Before 1891, he testified in a divorce lawsuit after he was accused of having an affair with the lawmaker’s wife.
In 1910, Edward’s son King George V was accused of bigamy by Republican Newspaper soon after he was crowned. Instead of providing any proof, George gave a written statement to reject bigamy. While the author of that article was imprisoned for 1 year.
In 1649, Charles I was put on trial for treason after the end of the English Civil War. He was put on trial for treason in 1649, after the end of the English Civil War. He denied to acknowledge the authority of the court to hear his prosecution but soon he was found guilty and sentenced to death.
In 2021, three years ago Prince Andrew was charged in the United States by Virginia Giuffre for allegedly abusing her when she was in her teen. Last year, he settled the case and didn’t acknowledge any misconduct in the settlement, and did not appear in court. He has not been charged with any illegal violation.
In 2001, Princess Anne, the only daughter of Queen Elizabeth pleaded guilty to speeding. She was fined 400 pounds and given five penalty points on her driving license. While later that year Anne become the first UK royal to be convicted of an illegal offense in 350 years when she pleaded guilty as she failed to control her dog from attacking two children.