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The royal prerogative powers, which permitted the monarch to govern, were granted by the laws of the realm and defined by the common law. Some of these rights arose out of the monarch's feudal overlordship, others out of his/her personal concerns. The Crown was given a certain flexibility to act outside the law when equity demanded but not to disregard or regard itself as above the common law. The Crown could not by prerogative repeal or suspend statute. By proclamation it could make orders consistent with existing statute law.