A legal representative said Prince Harry has started a legal case so that he can benefit from police protection, which he will pay for personally, when he and his family travel to the UK.
Harry, Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan have lost police protection in the UK after they decided to step down from the royal family in 2020. The couple now live in California with their children Archie and Lillibet.
A legal representative for Harry said the prince wants to take his children home, but that he and his family “cannot go home” because the situation is too dangerous, citing in particular the threats of “extremists and neo-Nazis”.
He continued: In the summer of 2021, “his safety was endangered due to a lack of police protection when he left a charity event.” On June 30, after meeting sick children, the paparazzi chased after his car in London.
The lawsuit was launched in September with the aim of reconsidering the Home Office decision risking embarrassment to the royal family, which already faces prosecution in the United States for sexual assault of Prince Andrew.
To maintain the monarchy, Queen Elizabeth II denied her son Andrew any official role and military titles this week, but voices are being raised that he is now paying for his safety.
“The UK will always be Prince Harry’s home and a country where he wants his wife and children to be safe,” Prince Harry’s representative said in a statement to the Palestinian News Agency.
Seven-month-old Lilibet (the nickname given to Queen Elizabeth when she was a baby) has yet to meet her great-grandmother Elizabeth II or her great-grandfather Prince Charles.
Prince Harry last visited the UK last summer to unveil a statue of his mother Diana, who died in Paris in 1997 in a car crash after being chased by paparazzi, on 1 July.
Prince Harry inherited a lifelong security risk at birth. Still sixth in line to the throne, he has served two combat missions in Afghanistan, and in recent years his family has been threatened by extremists and neo-Nazis.
A government spokesman said the system surrounding the protection of public figures was “strict and proportionate” and declined to give details of the arrangements or legal procedures that had been initiated.
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