Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton CAN be thrown in prison if they break the law

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Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton CAN be thrown in prison if they break the law

Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton do not possess the same sovereign immunity as the Queen meaning, unlike the monarch, the wives of Prince Harry and Prince William could be thrown into prison if they were ever to break the law.

Sovereign immunity is a term that describes a law which permits the Queen from ever being prosecuted and subsequently makes her immune to the law – and therefore above it.

The Duchess of Sussex and the Duchess of Cambridge do not sovereign immunity (Image GETTY)
The Duchess of Sussex and the Duchess of Cambridge do not sovereign immunity (Image GETTY)

But despite the Duchess of Sussex and the Duchess of Cambridge marrying into the royal family, they do not possess the same perk as the Queen.

On the royal family website, it explains that the Queen quite literally can do no wrong.

It reads: “Although civil and criminal proceedings cannot be taken against the Sovereign as a person under UK law, The Queen is careful to ensure that all her activities in her personal capacity are carried out in strict accordance with the law.”

But former Suits actress Meghan, who wed Prince Harry in May, and Kate, who married Prince William in 2011, are not the only royals to whom this law does not apply to.

Prince William, Harry and Charles could all the price for committing a crime, as well as Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

Meghan Markle news The Duchess of Sussex stepped out at the Royal Academy of Arts (Image WIREIMAGE GETTY)
Meghan Markle news The Duchess of Sussex stepped out at the Royal Academy of Arts (Image WIREIMAGE GETTY)

But thankfully, there are some loopholes should the royal clan fall foul of the law.

The Daily Mirror reports that legal encyclopedia Halsbury’s Laws of England reads that members of the royal household cannot be arrested in civil proceedings.

The bulky book also reads that arrests cannot take place in the monarch’s presence and that members of the royal family also cannot be arrested anywhere near a palace.

Though one member of the royal family does have a criminal conviction.

Princess Anne sister to the Queen, became the first member of the royal family to be convicted under the dangerous dog act after her three-year-old English bull terrier Dotty bit two children in Windsor in 2002.

Meghan Markle news The Duchess of Sussex placed one hand on the car door (Image GETTY)
Meghan Markle news The Duchess of Sussex placed one hand on the car door (Image GETTY)

She was fined £500 and ordered to pay £250 in compensation and £148 in costs at Slough Magistrates’ Court.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK