A newspaper outlet has revealed that Prince Harry is taking legal action against the Government over its decision to withdraw his UK police security and claimed it’s dangerous for his family to return to the United Kingdom without it.
Lawyers acting for Harry, who stepped down from his Royal responsibilities two years ago, have written a pre-action protocol letter to the Home Office, indicating that they will pursue a judicial review if the Sussexes aren’t furnished with continued security while they’re in Britain, which they make clear he’s happy to pay for.
A statement issued on the prince’s behalf references the fact that others who have left public office, as Prince Harry did two years ago, have still received police protection.
If the case proceeds, it will lead to a battle in the High Court between Ministers and Prince Harry.
A legal representative said that Harry wants to bring his son Archie and baby daughter Lilibet to visit from the US, but he and his family are unable to return to his home because it’s too risky.
It follows an incident in London in the summer of 2021 when his security was compromised after his car was pursued by paparazzi photographers as he left a charity event.
A legal spokesperson for Harry said that the duke wants to finance the security himself, rather than ask taxpayers to foot the bill.
The statement said that as is widely known that others who have left public office and have an inherent danger risk receive police protection at no charge to them.
Harry is arguing his private protection team in the US doesn’t have adequate jurisdiction abroad or access to the United Kingdom intelligence information which is needed to keep the Sussex family safe.
The legal spokesperson for the duke said in a statement that the United Kingdom will always be Prince Harry’s home and a country he wants his wife and children to be safe in, and they said that with the lack of police protection, comes too great a personal risk.
The spokesperson added that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex privately finance a private security team for their family, yet that security can’t replicate the required police protection required whilst in the United Kingdom, and it was said that in the absence of such security, Prince Harry and his family would be unable to return to his home.
The Queen is understood to have been made aware of her grandson’s action, which is thought to be the first time a member of the Royal Family has brought a case against Her Majesty’s Government.
If Prince Harry wants security for his family while they’re in England then he needs to source that protection from elsewhere else because he’s now a private citizen, which was his choice and therefore if he wants that type of protection he needs to find a firm that will do that for him – he’s not a diplomat.
I know doubt that the UK Security services would share any known or perceived threats to visiting celebs, and also act on them and it wouldn’t look good for any visitors that come to the United Kingdom and are harmed on UK soil, and if Harry doesn’t feel safe coming back to England, the simple solution is, don’t come.
Maybe it’s finally dawned on him that he isn’t liked very much over here in the United Kingdom and that someone, whoever it might be might want to do him and his family harm.