LONDON (AP) — Prince Harry has filed for judicial review of the UK government’s decision not to let him personally pay for police protection while in the UK
The Duke of Sussex’s legal representative said on Saturday that Harry wanted to bring his children Archie and Lilibet to visit his home country from the United States, but it’s too risky without police protection.
The rep said Harry wanted to fund police protection himself. Its private security team in the United States does not have adequate overseas jurisdiction or access to British intelligence information, they said.
“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are personally funding a private security team for their family, but this security cannot replicate the police protection needed in the UK,” a statement read.
“Without such protection, Prince Harry and his family cannot return home.”
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Harry and his wife Meghan lost state-funded police protection in the UK when they stepped down as senior royals and moved to California in 2020.
The application for judicial review was filed in September to challenge the decision-making behind the security procedures.
The statement said Harry’s safety was ‘compromised due to the lack of police protection’ during a short visit to the UK in July, when his car was chased by photographers as he left a charity event.
Harry and Meghan’s 7-month-old daughter Lilibet has yet to meet her great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth II and other royals.
The statement said Harry first offered to personally pay for UK police protection for himself and his family in January 2020, during talks with the Queen over the Sussexes’ future. The offer was “rejected”, the statement said.
“Prince Harry’s aim was simple – to keep himself and his family safe while in the UK so his children could learn about his home country,” he said. “The UK will always be Prince Harry’s home and a country he wants his wife and children to be safe in.”
The UK government said its security system was “rigorous and proportionate” and declined to comment on specifics. He also said it was inappropriate to comment on any legal proceedings.
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