Are the members of the British Royal Family immune to British law?
Only the Queen has immunity, not the other royals. The Monarch acts as the Head of State, CinC of the Armed Forces, Head of the Anglican Church and has the power to dissolve parliament. The Monarch is also immune to prosecution under British law (and is granted diplomatic immunity everywhere else). The Queen can, on ministerial advice, pardon or show mercy to those convicted of crimes. In law the Queen as a private person can do no wrong: she is immune from civil or criminal proceedings and cannot be sued in courts of law. This immunity is not shared by other members of the royal family. http://www.britischebotschaft.de/en/britain/ab_4.htm Edit – Drinking Dano – My answer is correct. Not all royals are immune. Considering the fact I gave a correct response your rating is very unfair. The monarch is also immune from prosecution in the courts http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_prerogative “As well, the Queen is immune from prosecution, and is unlikely to be invited to give evidence in an
I really hope several people put up an answer to this question, because I asked the same question myself, and I keep getting different answers. Here’s the rundown of what I was told. As regards to Princes William and Harry; I’ve read that the other members of the British Royal Family are also “above the law”. When Prince Harry was on his gap year, it was pointed out in several British newspapers that he has “diplomatic immunity”. I’m guessing that William does too (just on the basis that William outranks Harry; not because of anything that I’ve read). I’ve also read in several places (I think even on a post on this site, though I can’t find the specific post) that in a criminal trial, the royal family would technically have to be tried by “a jury of their peers” … and since princes don’t have peers, both boys wouldn’t be able to be tried in a British court of law because of their status. Please bear in mind that all of this is just off the top of my head, without looking up the actua