After UK Police Protection Payment Refusal, Prince Harry Files Court Claim

Prince Harry has requested a court review of the British government’s decision to deny him the right to pay for his own police protection while in the country.

Harry wants to send his children Archie and Lilibet to see his homeland from the United States, but that would be too dangerous without police protection, according to the Duke of Sussex’s legal advisor.

According to the spokesman, Harry intended to pay for his own police protection. They claim that his private security team in the United States lacks proper international jurisdiction and access to U.K. intelligence material.

“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex finance a private security team for their family, but that security cannot replace the necessary police protection required while in the United Kingdom,” according to a statement.

“Prince Harry and his family are unable to return to their residence in the absence of such safety.”

In September, a request for judicial review was made to challenge the British government’s decision-making on the security measures.

When Harry and Meghan stood down as senior working royals and relocated to North America in 2020, they lost publicly sponsored police protection in the United Kingdom. The pair said they made the choice because of the British media’s “unbearable intrusions” and “racist attitudes.”

Before settling in the United States, the couple traveled to Canada. They added that they paid for their own security for their transfer to the United States after President Donald Trump stated that his government would not pay for it.

During a brief visit to the United Kingdom in July, Harry’s security was “compromised owing to the absence of police protection,” according to the statement, when his car was pursued by photographers as he left a charity event.

Lilibet, Harry and Meghan’s seven-month-old baby, has yet to meet her great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, and other royal family members.

In January 2020, during negotiations with the queen about the Sussexes’ future, Harry volunteered to personally pay for U.K. police security for himself and his family, according to the statement. The offer was “dismissed,” according to the statement.

“Prince Harry’s purpose has been simple: to safeguard the safety of himself and his family while in the UK so that his children may learn about his homeland,” the statement stated. “Prince Harry’s home will always remain the United Kingdom, where he wants his wife and children to be protected.”

The British government described its security approach as “rigorous and reasonable,” but declined to further. It further said that commenting on any judicial procedures was improper.

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