An Indian lawyer who apparently believes she was really talking to Prince Harry when he offered to marry her has taken him to court for breaking his promise.
The woman, identified as Palwinder Kaur, claimed in a petition filed at the Punjab and Haryana High Court that she had been contacted on social media by Prince Harry and that after corresponding for a while, he had told her he wanted to marry her.
She also requested that Indian authorities issue an international arrest warrant so that the police and the United Kingdom could apprehend Harry and he could be forced to carry out his promise of marriage “without further delay”.
The petition is filed by the woman as the petitioner against “Prince Harry Middleton” and others, and states: “Prayer in this petition filed by the petitioner, who is an advocate is appearing in person, is to take legal action against Prince Harry Middleton son of Prince Charles Middleton resident of the United Kingdom and to direct the United Kingdom Police Cell to take action against him, as, despite a promise to marry the petitioner, the said promise has not been fulfilled.”
Questioned by the judge Mr Justice Arvind Singh Sangwan, she admitted that she had never been to the UK or met the Duke of Sussex in person, and all of their supposed contact had been over email and social media.
She added that she had taken the reluctant step of demanding the court act after also writing to his father, Prince Charles, and informing him that Harry was engaged to her and was not honouring his promise to marry her.
The court rejected the application saying it was not proven that she had been speaking to Prince Harry, but they also tried to be sympathetic to the woman, pointing out that many fake profiles exist on social media which cannot be relied on as proof that conversations with real people had taken place.
The practice of creating fake profiles in order to deceive victims often by offering romantic promises is known as catfishing.