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Written by: Muskan Rathore (Intern)
Edited by: Anubhav Yadav (Content Head & Developer)

A woman, identified as, Palwinder Kaur, filed a petition in front of the Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking relief against Prince Harry of the United Kingdom for breaking a promise to marry her. The woman appeared as her own counsel in front of the court seeking the High Court to issue an International arrest warrant against Prince Harry on the basis that he didn’t live up to his promise to marry her.

She put forward conversations between them on emails where the sender claims to marry her soon. The court asked the petitioner whether she has travelled to the United Kingdom ever, to which she denied and further replied that she had a conversation on social media. She further stated that she sent messages to Prince Charles, the father of Prince Harry, that Prince Harry and she are now engaged, and that Prince Harry is not honouring his promise of marrying her. The High Court single-judge bench consisting of Justice Arvind Singh Sangwan dismissed the plea stating it to be “day-dreamer’s fantasy about marrying Prince Harry”. Also, the High court noted that she could have had conversations with some fake IDs made on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter etc. and the sender on the other side could be sitting in the village in Punjab, therefore could not be relied upon.

“It is well-known fact that fake IDs are created on various social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, etc, and authenticity of such conversation cannot be relied upon by this Court. There is every possibility that so-called Prince Harry may be sitting in a cyber cafe of a village in Punjab, looking for greener pastures for himself” the judge stated in the order.

Justice Sangwan asserted that he found the petition nothing but a fantasy about marrying Prince Harry. The petitioner pleaded legal action to be taken against “Prince Harry Middleton son of Prince Charles Middleton resident of United Kingdom” by directing the United Kingdom Police Cell to take action since despite his promise to marry the petitioner, it has not been fulfilled. The order further wrote that the petition was poorly drafted in both grammatical as well as in the aspect of knowledge. She also prayed for the court to produce arrest warrants so that no further setbacks occur in their wedding.

The High Court further acclaimed that a careful scrutiny of the printouts of conversations in
question disclose that parts of it has been deleted or erased, therefore are not true copies. The High court rejected the petition on the grounds of lack of proof and further cautioned her of the risks of catfishing. The court also said that fake profiles exist on social media and therefore conversations made through them cannot be measured to be conversations between actual persons.

The court later on concluded the order by stating that “In view of the above, this Court finds no ground 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”.

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