King Charles’ cousin on the run after N-word tirade in London McDonald’s and stab threat

By Staff

A distant cousin of King Charles is on the run after threatening to stab an outreach worker in the face and going on a racist tirade using the N-word at McDonald’s. Rowan Lascelles, whose great-grandmother was the daughter of George VI, was tried and convicted of racially aggravated harassment and causing fear of violence in his absence at Willesden Magistrates Court on Wednesday, March 20.

The 46-year-old son of The Hon. James Lascelles, the late Queen’s first cousin once removed, had already pleaded guilty to three counts of criminal damage for smashing two office windows in Westminster and for destroying a police cell in Barnet. Lascelles also admitted incidents of harassment and assault at WHSmith Victoria and Victoria railway station from February and August last year.

The 68th in line to the throne was previously described as a ‘persistent offender who leaves misery in his wake’ after Westminster Council tried to ban him from the borough after years of violence, threats, criminal damage and racist behaviour. After failing to appear for Wednesday’s hearing, a warrant backed for bail was issued. It means the aristocrat is now wanted by police.

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‘I am going to get a knife and stab you in the face’

The court heard from St Mungo’s homeless charity worker Clare Hopkins who described the moment Lascelles started kicking the front door of their Westminster outreach office on Rochester Row, near Pimlico, at around 2.20pm on September 21 last year. After briefly opening the door to let another staff member in, ‘agitated’ Lascelles stuck his foot in to stop it closing, she told the court.

“That’s when he started shouting again,” Ms Hopkins said. “Initially he was shouting about a colleague of mine who was providing support to him called Maria. He was making quite specific threats to her saying he wanted to smash her head in.

“He was quite erratic with his body movements and while he was shouting there were lots of gestures with his arms. He became quite frustrated and said ‘I am going to get a knife and stab you in the face’.”

Ms Hopkins, who was unsure if Lascelles had a knife, eventually managed to slam the door shut, allowing the electronic lock to engage. She then recalled Lascelles shouting ‘I am going to smash the SOS team [her team]’.

Prosecutor Martin Edwards asked the charity worker how the incident made her feel. “I was scared it was going to escalate, which is why I wanted to shut the door as quickly as I could. I did not know if Rowan had a knife with him. I was shaking the whole time this was happening,” Ms Hopkins said.

Lascelles continued ranting about ‘smashing’ the SOS team then shattered both windows and put his face to the grills. Ms Hopkins said she was ‘grateful’ for the metal bars behind the glass, which stopped Lascelles from climbing inside. By the time police were called and arrived, Lascelles had run away, the court was told.

Without any defence, other than denying what he had said, the magistrate’s bench, led by Dr Patricia Thomson, was convinced by Ms Hopkins and found Lascelles guilty of causing fear of violence. “She told us exactly what happened, that she felt fearful when she smashed the window and threatened her colleagues,” Dr Thomson said.

‘Let me say it one more time’

Lascelles was also tried for a separate offence of harassment after a homophobic and racist rant at a McDonald’s in North London. Witness John Harris was called to the stand by Mr Edwards, where he remembered Lascelles bursting into the busy fast-food restaurant on Kilburn High Road at around 3.15pm on September 27 last year.

The debt advisor recalled eating his dinner alone when Lascelles approached three men and called them a homophobic slur then said ‘I bet you love it up the a**e’. “I felt quite uncomfortable and I thought he might approach me next,” Mr Harris told the court.

Then Lascelles began repeatedly saying the N-word, even approaching the food counter and shouting the racist slur into the kitchen, the court heard. “It was almost like a stuck record, a repetition of him saying it repeatedly,” Mr Harris added.. “It was quite loud. Anybody in that restaurant could hear what he was saying.”

The diner then recalled a Black male member of the public taking issue with the racist outburst and asking Lascelles to stop. But instead of desisting, Lascelles carried on. “He was saying ‘Go on, let me say one more time’. He did say it one more time. The guy did not like it, but they did end up fist bumping and he agreed he would not say it again,” Mr Harris explained.

The magistrates also believed Mr Harris and found Lascelles guilty of racially aggravated harassment and harassment, noting it was aggravated by homophobia. After the trials, Mr Edwards called for a warrant backed for bail which was granted by Dr Thomson. He also noted the other offences Lascelles is due to be sentenced for once he is in custody.

Lascelles has been convicted of the following:

  • Using threatening words to cause fear of violence
  • Assault by beating
  • Racially aggravated harassment x2
  • Criminal damage x3
  • Using threatening words to cause harassment x2

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