Royal wedding guest jailed for a week in Barbados after gun part is found in his luggage

  • James Archibald was found with a pistol barrel in his luggage
  • He had disassembled it but couldn't persuade them that it couldn't be fired
  • The interior designer was taken to HMP Dodds, which was featured on TV Show 'The World's Toughest Jails'

By Sharon Churcher

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James Archibald with his wife Nicki. Mr Archibald was put in jail when he was found with a gun part

James Archibald with his wife Nicki. Mr Archibald was put in jail when he was found with a gun part

A friend of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge was arrested at an airport for having a pistol barrel in his luggage and locked up for a week in a notorious jail.

High-society interior designer James Archibald – who was a guest at the Royal Wedding – was held when his bag set off metal-detectors in Barbados.

He had touched down to change planes on his way back to the UK from Mustique – where just weeks before he had been among wealthy villa-owners to welcome William and Kate on their ‘babymoon’.

Mr Archibald, 50, a longtime friend of the Duchess’s family, had dis-assembled the air pistol barrel before putting it in a locked case.

He tried to convince staff that  it could not be fired but was remanded to HMP Dodds, a razor-wired compound on the former colony, which featured in a reality TV show on ‘the world’s toughest jails’.

He told The Mail on Sunday: ‘It was just the barrel of an air pistol that I use for target-shooting.

‘I rather naively assumed that since it was not operational, and it was in my locked luggage, it wouldn’t be an issue. But under  Barbados law, they rate even a part of a firearm as a weapon.’

 

Mr Archibald, who had been travelling with his wife Nicki, spent a week in a cell before appearing before a magistrate and pleading guilty to carrying a firearm in a public place ‘without lawful authority’. He was fined £1,660.


James Archibald was a guest at the royal wedding in 2011. He also recently attended the couple's 'babymoon'

James Archibald was a guest at the royal wedding in 2011. He also recently attended the couple's 'babymoon'

Asked about his time behind bars, he said: ‘At first, there was a hostile atmosphere. There was even thought that I might be an undercover drug enforcement agent.

'But I made a couple of friends. I’d never seen the inside of a prison before. I won’t forget it. There’s no way that I want a repeat performance.’

The couple own a sumptuous five-bedroom villa on Mustique, known as Tanama, the Arawak Indian for ‘butterfly’. In 1999, Mr Archibald set up an office on the island, which was founded by Lord Glenconner, a close friend of Princess Margaret.

The exotic island of Mustique where Archibald had been enjoying a holiday

The exotic island of Mustique where Archibald had been enjoying a holiday

His company, James Archibald Designs, has refurbished or built more than half of the mansions on Mustique, including several where William and Kate have been entertained during their holidays there.

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Stupid story DM... Mustique and Barbados are two separate Island..! your reporters need to study the atlas...!

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Doesn't matter what "you" think it should be classed as, it was what the judge thought that matters. Different places different rules, and Mr Archibald is man enough not to grizzle. Well done.

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Unless a very high powered (high muzzle velocity) CO2 pistol, it is not classified as a firearm.

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"Majority of you have it wrong, an air pistol is a fire arm and any part of such a weapon is also considered a firearm in this country, however recent legislation suggests that the rest of the fire arm need be in control of owner rather than just a barrel.." An air pistol is only a firearm when it comes to offenses not when it comes to possession, you have it wrong.

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It was just an air pistol barrel, he was bringing it from holiday not taking it on holiday. Air pistols as far as I know are not illegal in the Uk, the problem was that he had to transfer through Anti-gun Barbados and they didn't take kindly to people having gun parts there. Maybe next time he might like to avoid a country where they convict you for possessing a bit of tube.

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I daresay the thought as he was on his hols' with you know who he was above the law? Agh.......these 'socialites' or is it parasites!

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Did he try the 'Do you know who I am' ?

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yet pippas mate actually points a gun at police and nothing is done

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This should be entitled , how the establishment elite live and what there standards are in respect of mere mortals.

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Why would any-one with one ounce of common sense want to carry parts of firearms with them on holiday? Is it me??????????????

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