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24th May 2023

Prince Harry loses legal bid to pay for his own police protection

Prince Harry has lost his London High Court legal bid to pay for his own police protection when in the UK.

The decision was made on Tuesday as the High Court ruled against the Duke of Sussex.

Harry had filed a claim against the U.K. Home Office after his police protection was removed following his decision to step down as a senior role alongside his wife Meghan Markle in January 2020.

The couple shortly after moved to California with their son Archie and welcomed their daughter Lilibet a year later.

The Duke of Sussex filed two separate claims and the second is yet to be heard in court.

This claim was related to a hearing in July 2022 and Harry won the right to challenge the ‘procedural unfairness’ of the British government’s decision to remove their police protection.

His lawyers argued that he was not given the chance to make ‘informed representations beforehand’, according to BBC News.

A spokesperson for Harry and Meghan read a statement on their behalf that went into detail about the security needed for the family and their safety.

It read: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex personally fund a private security team for their family, yet that security cannot replicate the necessary police protection needed while in the UK.”

The statement went on to say that Harry aims to keep his family protected while in the UK to allow his two children to get to know his home country without any fears.

Most recently, Prince Harry and Meghan were involved in a ‘near-catastrophic’ car chase involving her mother Doria Ragland.

Paparazzi followed the car as the couple travelled to a gala with Meghan’s mother. It is believed the ‘car chase’ went on for two hours, but no injuries were reported.

The NYPD issued an update following the alleged car chase. According to Sky News, a spokesperson for the NYPD said:

“There were numerous photographers that made their transport challenging.

“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrived at their destination.

“There were no reported collisions, summonses, injuries, or arrests in regard.”


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