- What is sovereign immunity and does Prince Andrew have it?
- What is the Marital Privilege Rule?
- What Sarah Ferguson recently said about her ex-husband
There’s been a lot going on recently with members of the royal family welcoming their first child, from rifts between Prince Harry and other senior royals to Princess Beatrice to the legal troubles of the Queen’s son Prince Andrew. The family may have thought they could shrug off sexual abuse allegations against the Duke of York until Andrew’s accuser filed a lawsuit against him. Now, with reports that Andrew will do anything to protect himself, talk of him remarrying ex-wife Sarah Ferguson has been brought up by royal audiences. Here’s more on why the Duke and Duchess of York are walking down the aisle again.
What is sovereign immunity and does Prince Andrew have it?
Prince Andrew was forced to step down from his royal duties following his 2019 “car accident” interview with the BBC in which he denied allegations that he had sex with alleged Jeffrey Epstein victim Virginia Roberts Giuffre when he was a minor. Before filing the civil lawsuit, US prosecutors said Andrew was unwilling to talk to law enforcement about his relationship with Epstein. A question that has come up many times: Does the prince have sovereign immunity?
Many royal fans have heard of sovereign immunity, but aren’t sure what it is or if it applies to Andrew’s condition. According to royal house website, Sovereign immunity means that “civil and criminal proceedings cannot be brought against the sovereign as an individual under UK law.”
However, this law only applies to Queen Elizabeth II, not the rest of her family. So, Andrew doesn’t have that protection in this case.
What is the Marital Privilege Rule?
Andrew and Fergie were married on 23 July 1986. They divorced after what became known as Sarah’s toe-sucking scandal with businessman John Bryan. The two have been very close over the years and even live under the same roof. This has given rise to rumors that they may be considering marrying again and some believe that marital communication may have taken place sooner because of the privilege.
royal observer noted that under it, “any communication disclosed privately between husband and wife is protected.” In addition, “either spouse may invoke the privilege and prevent the other from testifying about his private marital communications in a civil or criminal case.”
This leads to the conclusion that Andrew and Sarah will be quick to say “I do”. However, this may not be the case because the Duke and Duchess are not required to remarry to invoke the privilege because it “may be insisted upon by one spouse even after the divorce to protect confidential communications made during the marriage.” could.” So if Sarah knows anything about Epstein or her alleged victims, she cannot testify under the privilege of communications.
What has Sarah Ferguson said about her ex-husband?
If Sarah and Andrew decide to tie the knot again, it will not be in an attempt to try and save the prince from any legitimacy. Married or not, the Duchess of York has made it clear how she feels about Andrew and that she still honors her wedding vows.
During an appearance on a British TV program LORRAINESarah said that Andrew “is just such a nice guy. He’s a really nice guy, he’s a very gentle man.”
And while in Poland, Fergie recently revealed that she’s still holding onto her wedding vows. “I kept my commitment, no matter what. People said: ‘You’re divorced’… They don’t know how I feel. Divorce is one thing, but my heart is my oath, my obligation,” He said polsat news.
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