(UnitedVoice.com) – In 2020, Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, decided to step back as working members of the royal family. It seems they had not fully grasped the consequences of their decision at the time. The king’s son recently lost a court battle against the government just weeks after his father’s coronation.
On Tuesday, May 23, the United Kingdom’s High Court ruled against Prince Harry’s request to privately pay Metropolitan Police officers to protect him when he’s in Britain. He was appealing a previous decision by the Home Office. Officials had denied his request because they believed it was improper to pay the public police force to act as private security guards.
When Prince Harry and his wife stepped away from their roles as working members of the royal family, they lost their police protection. They currently live in the United States, in California, where a team of armed private security guards protects them. However, when they visit the UK, their security team is not allowed to carry firearms, and they believe that leaves them vulnerable to threats. The king’s son wanted to pay the police to protect his family because they can legally carry weapons.
The decision by the High Court is final. Prince Harry has no other legal recourse in that particular case. However, in a separate case, he’s challenging the process the Home Office used to make the decision about a security detail for his family.
According to The New York Times, some experts have argued that Harry faces an increased security risk because of his own actions. In his memoir “Spare,” he discussed his time in Afghanistan during two combat tours and claimed he killed 25 Taliban fighters.
In addition to the security fight, the prince is also suing The Daily Mail, The Mirror, and The Sun. He’s accused them of invading his privacy and even hacking his phone.
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