Rolf Harris faces being stripped of honours awarded by the Queen and will lose BAFTA fellowship after indecent assault verdicts
- Harris could lose MBE, OBE, CBE and Officer of the Order of Australia
- Star has painted the Queen and sang at her Diamond Jubilee concert
- Souces says case to be considered by honours forfeiture committee
- Honours 'usually taken away for sentences of more than three months'
- BAFTA to annul fellowship bestowed on Harris in 2012
Published: 20:29 EST, 30 June 2014 | Updated: 00:21 EST, 1 July 2014
Rolf Harris faces being stripped of a string of honours awarded by the Queen and will lose his BAFTA fellowship following his convictions for indecent assault.
In an astonishing fall from grace for the man who painted the Queen’s portrait and sang in her Diamond Jubilee celebrations, Buckingham Palace is now likely to revoke his MBE, OBE, CBE and Officer of the Order of Australia.
A Government source told MailOnline Harris's case is to be considered by the independent honours forfeiture committee.
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Fall from grace: Rolf Harris, who painted the Queen's 80th birthday portrait, faces being stripped of a string of honours awarded by the Monarch
'Honours are usually taken away if sentences are above three months, so would look almost certain in this case,' the source added.
The Cabinet Office said it could not comment on individual cases, but precedent confirms honours are forfeited in circumstances where the person is jailed for more than three months or considered to have brought the system into disrepute.
A recommendation is typically made by Whitehall’s honours and appointments secretariat to the forfeiture committee to revoke an honour if a person has been found guilty of a serious criminal offence.
Former Cabinet minister Chris Huhne’s ex-wife Vicky Pryce was stripped of the Companion of the Order of the Bath she was awarded in 2009 when she was a senior civil servant in the Government.
At risk? Harris, who sang at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace in 2012 (left), could lose the CBE he was awarded in 2006 (right)
Performer: Harris chats with the Queen and Kylie Minogue following the Jubilee concert in June 2012
The Queen removed the honour after Pryce was jailed for eight months for perverting the course of justice after taking speeding points in 2003 for her then husband.
Boxer ‘Prince’ Naseem Hamed lost his MBE after being jailed over a high speed car crash in his £300,000 McLaren Mercedes in 2005.
Jockey Lester Piggott, meanwhile was convicted in 1987 of tax fraud which led to him spending one year and one day in prison, and was stripped of the OBE.
Recipients of honours can also lose them if they are censured or struck off by a professional or regulatory body for something relevant to their honour, or if they are judged to have brought the system into disrepute.
Artist: Harris poses alongside his 2006 painting of the Queen
The Daily Mail revealed plans to humiliate banker Fred ‘the Shred’ Goodwin, who oversaw the near-collapse of RBS, by cancelling his knighthood, on that basis.
Harris was first honoured in the late 1960s with an MBE, followed by an OBE a decade later, and a CBE in 2006.
In 2005, the Queen sat for Harris while he painted her portrait, commissioned by the BBC to mark her 80th birthday. Then in 2012 Harris was one of the star performers at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
As well as his honours, Harris can expect to lose the BAFTA Fellowship he received two years ago.
‘The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has made the decision to annul the BAFTA Fellowship bestowed upon Rolf Harris in 2012 following his conviction,’ a spokesman confirmed.
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By Sara Malm
Published: 12:47 EST, 30 June 2014 | Updated: 12:50 EST, 30 June 2014
The bodies of three Jewish teenagers who went missing near Hebron two weeks ago have been found near the city in the occupied West Bank, Israeli military has confirmed.
Naftali Frenkel, 16, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Eyal Yifrach, 19, were abducted on the West Bank Thursday 12th June.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused the Islamic militant group Hamas of kidnapping the teenagers after Israeli troops arrested some 80 Palestinians, including dozens of Hamas members, in an overnight raid in the West Bank.
The inner Israeli cabinet are to hold an emergency meeting later in the evening to discuss the matter, Al Jazeera reported.
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Israeli soldiers arriving on buses and begin searching in the hills near the West Bank city of Hebron for information related to the case of the three Israeli ternagers, Eyal Yifrah, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Frenkel, 16, who were last seen late 12 June