Prince Harry’s begins battle with Home Office over police protection for his UK visits with Meghan

Are Harry and his family currently covered by security arrangements?

He and his wife, the Duchess of Sussex, personally fund a private protection team in the U.S. for her family.

The Sussexes have signed multi-million-pound deals with Netflix and Spotify, with Harry telling Oprah Winfrey that he secured these to pay for his safety.

But he and Meghan lost their taxpayer-funded police protection in the UK in the wake of resigning as senior members of the royal family.

Why are they losing their taxpayer-funded security?

Their security provision was one of the main issues when the couple announced they wanted to step down in 2020.

Speaking to Winfrey during the couple’s sit-down interview in 2021, Harry said he was told that “because of our change of status – we would no longer be ‘official’ members of the royal family.

He said he was shocked and ‘depressed’ about the issue, arguing that there had been no threat or risk to the couple.

Meghan, during the same interview, told how she had written to her husband’s family and encouraged her to ‘not compromise his safety’, but was told ‘it just’s not possible’.

At the time of the announcement of her return from royal life in 2020, her website suggested that the Home Office, through the Metropolitan Police, would continue to protect the couple and Archie, their only children at the moment.

Have they offered to pay for police protection in the UK themselves?

Yes. Harry wants to finance the security himself, instead of asking taxpayers to pay the bills, his legal representative said.

He first offered to personally pay for police protection in the UK for himself and his family during the so-called Sandringham summit in January 2020, but the legal representative said the offer ‘refused’.

The representative added that Harry “remains ready to cover the cost of security, not to charge the UK taxpayer”.

Can they use the same security team as they have in the US?

Harry’s legal representative said that although the couple personally funded a private security team for their family, “that security could not replicate the necessary police protection needed in the UK”.

His argument is that the US team does not have adequate overseas jurisdiction or access to UK intelligence information needed to keep the Sussex family safe.

So what is Harry doing now about the issue of his security in the UK?

In September 2021, he filed a lawsuit in court against the Home Office’s decision not to pay him personally for police protection for himself and his family while in the UK.

His legal team said this action was taken ‘after another attempt at negotiation was also rejected’.

They said the judicial review bid was an attempt to ‘challenge the decision-making behind the security procedures, in the hope that this could be re-evaluated for the obvious and necessary protection needed’.

What threats does the couple see themselves in the UK?

In a statement, the legal representative said: ‘He remains sixth in line to the throne, has served two conscription tours in Afghanistan, and in recent years his family has been subjected to well-documented neo-Nazi and extremist threats. While his role within the institution has changed, his profile as a member of the royal family has not. Neither is the threat to him and his family. ‘

Has the Ministry of the Interior said anything about the bid for judicial review?

A government spokesman said: ‘The UK Government’s protective security system is strict and proportionate. It is our long-standing policy not to provide detailed information about these arrangements. This can compromise their integrity and affect the safety of individuals.

‘It would also not be appropriate to comment on the details of any legal proceedings.’

Will the couple return to the UK if the issue is not resolved the way they want?

A spokesman for the duke said that, in the absence of what they considered to be the necessary protection, ‘Prince Harry and his family are unable to return to his home’.

They insisted that the UK ‘will always be Prince Harry’s home’, adding that it ‘is a country where he wants his wife and children to be safe’.

But she added: ‘With the lack of police protection comes too great a personal risk.’

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