On Saturday, a legal representative for Prince Harry released a statement about a UK government decision to bar him from paying for police protection while he and wife Meghan Markle visit the country with their children, Archie and Lilibet. The Duke of Sussex plans to seek a judicial review, demanding a court decide if the original decision was made lawfully.
The Duke and Duchess lost their taxpayer-funded security when they decided to step back as working members of the royal family in 2020. Prince Harry has offered to pay out of pocket for police protection, but the UK Home Office rejected the request.
“In the absence of such protection, Prince Harry and his family are unable to return to his home,” the representative said. “Prince Harry inherited a security risk at birth, for life. He remains sixth in line to the throne, served two tours of combat duty 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. Nor has the threat to him and his family.”
Markle and Prince Harry currently live in California with their two children and while they do have private security, the representative explained that their team is not legally able to provide the level of security they need to visit the UK. In July 2021, the Prince’s security was allegedly compromised at a charity event which is what has spurred…