Harry sues for British police protection

Harry sued in a British court after the British government refused to send police to protect him when he returned home, despite his own expense.

Harry and Meghan have not been provided with a security team by the British government since they left the royal family and moved to the US in 2020. Harry last week asked the British Home Office to send police to protect him when he returned home and his family will pay for this force themselves.

“The UK has always been the home of Prince Harry and the country where he wants his wife and children to be safe. Lack of police protection means the risks are too great,” the family’s legal representative said. Harry made a statement.

Harry at Prince Philip's funeral in April 2021.  Photo: Reuters.

Harry at Prince Philip’s funeral in April 2021. Photo: Reuters.

However, the UK Home Office rejected this request. Harry later sued in a British court, calling the Home Office’s decision a hindrance that prevented him from “going home”.

Since coming to the US, Harry’s family has paid for a private security team to protect them. However, Harry’s lawsuit argues that the US private security team does not have adequate power to protect his family when he returns to the UK.

The lawsuit alleges that Harry was on combat duty twice in Afghanistan and that his family “in recent years have faced numerous threats from extremists and neo-Nazis”.

The case could lead to a legal battle at the high court between British ministers and Harry. This may be the first time in modern British history when a member of the royal family has filed a lawsuit against the government.

A British government spokesman declined to comment on the incident, but insisted the security mechanism for key people was “strict and proportionate”.

When he returned to the UK for the unveiling of a statue of his late mother Diana last summer, Harry’s car was chased by paparazzi after he left a charity event in London.

Ngoc Anh (Follow AFP)

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