(LONDON) — Prince Harry may soon appear in a London courtroom after coming to the aid of a friend being robbed.
The 27-year-old prince was on the phone with childhood friend Thomas van Straubenzee, 28, around 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 30 when van Straubenzee’s mobile phone was stolen.
Overhearing the robbery, Harry, with his security guard in tow, drove to where he believed van Straubenzee was calling him from, Battersea, in Southwest London. When he could not find his friend there, Harry went to the local police station, where, palace officials confirm, he gave a witness statement.
Police recovered van Straubenzee’s phone and arrested a man in connection. He has been released on bail and will appear in court in January, where he may face the prince.
“He will do whatever he needs to do on behalf of his friend to bring the alleged criminals to justice,” a representative for Clarence House, Prince Harry’s residence, said of the potential for royal testimony. “He would do whatever he’s asked to do.”
Harry, an army attack helicopter pilot, recently returned to England from a two-month stay in the U.S. where he underwent an intense Apache helicopter training in California and Arizona.
His latest heroics in London place him in the royal-to-the-rescue footsteps of his older brother, Prince William, who came to the aid of Russian sailors last month. The prince was at work at his day job — co-piloting a rescue helicopter — when he received a distress call from the seamen who were stranded in the Irish Sea after their cargo vessel broke up in rough waters and sank, killing at least one crew member. Prince William’s helicopter carried several Russian sailors to safety.
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Emanuella Grinberg, Thom Patterson, Kevin Conlon and Boris Sanchez, CNN
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