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Not quite Harry met Sally

In a bizarre and rather unique case, a woman advocate filed a petition claiming that Britain’s Prince Harry had broken his promise to marry her!

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There are perhaps plenty of women who would do anything to replace Meghan Markle and become the bride of a prince, Prince Harry of the British royal family, that is. But what takes the wedding cake is when the person with such fantastical dreams is a woman advocate, who has actually filed a petition in a court! The petition was filed by advocate Palwinder Kaur in the Punjab and Haryana High Court alleging that Prince Harry, a member of the British royal family, broke his promise to marry her. The advocate went even further, seeking directions to the United Kingdom Police Cell to issue an arrest warrant against the royal for having broken his pledge.

Hearing the petition, Justice Arvind Singh Sangwan observed that the petition seeking an arrest warrant against the royal had no grounds, and labelled the petition a “day-dreamer’s fantasy”.

So bizarre was the case that the High Court especially took up physical hearing on a virtual hearing day, on the request of the petitioner. When Justice Sangwan asked the woman advocate if she has ever visited the United Kingdom, she replied in the negative. She stated that she had sent messages to Prince Harry as well as Prince Charles over social media. To this, the single-judge bench said that it could only show its sympathy for the petitioner that she believed such fake conversations over social media to be true.

Justice Sangwan pointed out that the petition was very poorly drafted, both grammatically and lacking the knowledge of pleadings, and speaks about some emails between the petitioner and Prince Harry, in which the person, sending the email, has stated that he promises to marry her soon. The Court also observed that the annexure used by the petitioner are not true copies and stated, “It is well known fact that fake IDs are created on various social media sites like Facebook and Twitter and the authenticity of such conversation cannot be relied upon by this Court. There is every possibility that the so-called Prince Harry may be sitting in a cyber cafe of a village in Punjab, looking for greener pastures for himself.” The Court even found that the petitioner had even sent messages to Prince Charles, informing him that his son Prince Harry was engaged to her.

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Concluding his closing statement, Justice Sangwan said that “this Court finds no grounds to entertain this petition and can only show its sympathy for the petitioner that she has believed such fake conversation to be true. Accordingly, the present petition is dismissed.”

—By Akarsh Sharma with India Legal News Service

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