THE distant relatives of Richard III should not be liable for the full cost of a possible judicial review over the monarch’s reburial, the High Court has ruled.
Justice Secretary Chris Grayling’s lawyers argued that taxpayers should not have to foot the bill.
But a judge ruled today the relatives, who have formed the Plantagenet Alliance Ltd to fight for the remains to be buried at York Minster, are entitled to a protective costs order (PCO).
Mr Justice Haddon-Cave ruled that he was satisfied that “it was, and is, appropriate, to grant a full PCO”.
It is understood that loss of the PCO could have jeopardised the judicial review application going ahead.
The remains of the monarch were found beneath a Leicester car park last year.