Prince Harry files complaint with UK Police Protection Court

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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

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.”

The judicial review application was filed in September to challenge the UK government’s decision-making behind the security procedures.

Harry and his wife Meghan lost state-funded police protection in the UK when they stepped down as senior royals and moved to North America in 2020. The couple said their decision was due to what they described as intolerable intrusions and racist attitudes of the British media. .

The couple first went to Canada before settling in the United States. They said they had privately funded the security of their move to the United States after President Donald Trump said his government would not pay for their protection.

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.

Sylvia Hui, Associated Press

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