Prince Andrew's parking ticket vanishes

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Double yellow lines

The Duke of York has achieved something that the rest of us can only dream of: he has made a parking ticket disappear. He was apparently given a ticket on Friday evening, when he was parked on double yellow lines in Mayfair.

However, after being approached by a personal protection officer, the traffic warden quickly removed the ticket. So how did they do it?


The Duke's Range Rover was parked on double-yellow lines while he had dinner at private members' club LouLou's. The Daily Mail reported that a warden placed a ticket on the car.

However, he was approached by a protection officer, who informed the warden that he had been with the car, and that officers with royals are permitted to park on double yellow lines.

The newspaper reported that the traffic warden then volunteered to remove the ticket. A council spokesperson said they were looking into the incident.

Victim


Prince Andrew is not the first high profile victim of the wardens.

This incident comes just a couple of days after Hilary Clinton was issued with a parking ticket in Mayfair. Her security staff argued with the warden, but the ticket remained and Clinton paid the fine. Westminster Council said at the time that it had to be fair to everyone.

Katherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, received a ticket in 2007 when she was plain Kate Middleton. She parked her Golf outside her home in Kensington and was slapped with a fine. The council at the time said that "the same rules apply for everyone."

Her sister Pippa went through an unfortunate spate of parking disasters in 2011. She was clamped outside her home in Chelsea, and then a few weeks later, she was given a ticket after parking outside Scott's Restaurant in Mayfair. This was all a few months after she shot to fame as a royal bridesmaid.

Protected

However, as long as you travel with your own protection officer, the rules appear to be different.

When Kate Middleton was out shopping in 2011 with Prince William, she popped into a shop without paying and displaying. When a traffic warden approached and started taking down details, a police protection offer had a conversation with the warden, who decided not to issue a ticket.

But is this fair? Is this a key part of their protection? Or ought the royals to be forced to follow the rules like the rest of us?

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