The Duke responsible for planning Queen’s funeral suspended his license for using the phone while driving

By Corey Atad.

The Duke of Norfolk will have to wait a bit before getting back behind the wheel.

Edward Fitzalan-Howard, also known as Earl Marshal, has been banned from driving for six months after he was caught using his mobile phone while going through a red light.

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The incident happened in London on April 7. The Duke was arrested after going through the red light and, according to ITV News, he told officers he was ‘not aware he had gone through the red light, but accepted it was because he was using his cellphone.

In the UK it is illegal to use a mobile phone while driving.

Since the Duke already had nine points on his license for previous speeding, the mandatory six points for the mobile phone offense would result in a ban.

The Duke had, however, hoped to avoid a ban, arguing that such a punishment would cause « exceptional hardship » due to the nature of his duties.

Fitzalan-Howard was responsible for organizing the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II and will plan the coronation of King Charles, which will take place next year, as well as being responsible for organizing other state events.

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Despite the argument, a panel of judges proceeded with the ban.

« We accept that this is a unique case because of the accused’s role in society and in particular in relation to the king’s coronation, » the president said. “The difficulties must be exceptional and although we see that inconvenience may be caused, we do not believe that these are exceptional difficulties. We consider that alternative means of distress are available.

The Duke will also be fined £800 and paid an additional £400 for other costs.

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