Thursday, 19 December 2013
"Is Robert Brown The Son Of Princess Margaret?"
An islander who believes he’s the illegitimate son of the late Princess Margaret has won an important court ruling.
Robert Brown is a step further to see the contents of the will of the Queen’s sister. The 58-year-old is seeking to prove a secret pregnancy in 1955.
Giving him leave, Mr Justice Phillips said at London's High Court there were "compelling" constitutional reasons to allow Mr Brown's legal challenge to go ahead - and that was not altered by a past Court of Appeal observation that Mr Brown's claim to be Princess Margaret's son was "scandalous and irrational".
The judge said the case gave rise "to important points of principle and practice" regarding open justice and the public interest.
Mr Brown said: "I am absolutely delighted. It is an important day for the fundamental principles of open justice and the rule of law.
"Historically it has been very clear that the monarchy should not have secret communications with the court.
"I am delighted that I have got this far and constitutional issues have been reopened and the points I have raised have been recognised as arguable."