Harry, Duke of Sussex, and his wife Meghan lost their police protection in the UK after deciding to step back from the royal family in 2020. “The UK will always be Prince Harry’s homeland and a country in which he wants his wife and children to be safe,” a representative for Prince Harry argued in a statement to the PA news agency.
Prince Harry has therefore launched a legal action to be able to benefit from police protection in the United Kingdom, indicated a legal representative.
The prince wants to take his children to his homeland but he and his family "cannot [go] back" because it is too dangerous, a legal representative for Harry has said.
Meghan and Harry now live in California with their children Archie and Lilibet, nickname given to Queen Elizabeth when she was a child.
Seven-month-old Lilibet has yet to meet her great-grandmother Elizabeth II or her grandfather Prince Charles.
“Extremist and neo-Nazi threats”
“Prince Harry inherited a lifelong security risk at birth.
He remains sixth in the line of succession to the throne, has carried out two combat missions in Afghanistan and, in recent years, his family has been subjected to extremist and neo-Nazi threats”, further indicates his legal representative.
Prince Harry's last visit to the UK was last summer for the July 1 unveiling of a statue of his mother Diana, who died in Paris in 1997 in a car crash after being dragged away by paparazzi.
“His safety had been compromised”
In the summer of 2021, "his safety had been compromised due to the lack of police protection when he left a charity event", continues his representative.
On June 30, after an encounter with sick children, his car was chased by paparazzi in London.
The lawsuit filed in September and seeking to reconsider a decision by the Home Office risks embarrassing the royal family, already facing the threat of a trial in the United States for sexual assaults targeting Prince Andrew.
A “rigorous and proportionate” system
To preserve the monarchy, Queen Elizabeth II deprived Andrew this week of any official role and of his military titles, but voices are being raised for him to now pay for his own safety.
A government spokesman said the system surrounding the protection of public figures was "rigorous and proportionate" and declined to elaborate on those arrangements or the legal process created.
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