Today was the first salvo in the legal case between Prince Harry and the Home Office over the formal royal’s security arrangements. The chief impact officer of Better Up and Super Bowl trophy enthusiast claims that it’s too dangerous for his family to visit the UK without Met Protection Officers—however, that isn’t true. Prince Harry just wants the taxpayers in the U.K., U.S. and the rest of the world to pay for his family’s security whenever they travel.
When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced Megxit, they planned to make millions, while simultaneously attending some of the royal family’s more glamorous events and travel the world representing the Queen and Crown, on someone else’s dime of course. To that end, they publicly claimed that they should remain internationally protected persons, who deserved a taxpayer funded security team.
The Queens and the rest of the royal family denied the couple’s request, and the Sussex duo were quickly stripped of their Met Protection detail, which was covered by the UK taxpayer and by the Canadian taxpayers as well at the time.
But now, Harry is fighting to get back both his Met Protection detail and his status as an internationally protected person. If he and Meghan have this status, whatever country they are in would be forced to supplement their security.
As they live in the United States, this would include using American tax dollars, my tax dollars, to fund their security detail.
Harry claims that the reason they need this is that it’s too dangerous to travel to the UK, despite crime consuming areas of California.
The former royal’s lawyer said, “This claim is about the fact that the Duke does not feel safe when he is in the UK given the security arrangements applied to him in June 2021 and will continue to be applied if he decides to come back.
“It goes without saying that he does want to come back to see family and friends and to continue to support the charities that are so close to his heart. This is and always will be his home.”
The judge was not amused by this emotional appeal, and quickly reprimanded his lawyer, stating, “Can you just focus on the issues in dispute today.”
One of the most interesting revelations from the court procedures is that Harry, at no point before this trial, made it clear that he would cover his family’s security costs, this is in opposition to his earlier statements that he always offered to cover the costs.
Perhaps that information didn’t make it to the right authorities, but there are other indications that Prince Harry’s legal team failed to impress the judge and the Home Office.
The Royal and VIP Executive Committee (Ravec) lawyer Richard Palmer QC, not to be confused with Richard Palmer the royal reporter from The Express, explained to the court that Harry and Meghan made a “well-publicized decision” to “step back from his royal as a working member of the royal family, to earn a private income and to relocate overseas.”
Palmer also explained that Harry had “failed to afford the necessary measure of respect” and that the Ravec as “the expert, and democratically accountable, decision-maker on matters of protective security and associated risk assessment.”
Harry’s promise to help fund the Met Protection while he’s in the UK is considered by the Home Office as “irrelevant” as “personal protective security by the police is not available on a privately financed basis, and Ravec does not make decisions on the provision of such security on the basis that any financial contribution could be sought or obtained to pay for it.”
The government’s position is clear, Harry and Meghan made the decision to leave the royal family and there are consequences.
The Met Police will protect the Sussex family for more formal events like the Jubilee celebrations or Prince Philip’s memorial service, but when they come for personal visits their personal security detail should more than suffice. If there’s a true and real security threat, the Met Police will be there and would assist.
This whole dog and pony show is basically one giant hissy fit by Harry and Meghan to avoid paying for their extensive personal security. If their status as internationally protected persons is reestablished, they could make the U.S. taxpayers supplement or replace their security in America. When they travel, that country would be forced to do the same.
A measure like this would not only give Harry and Meghan a sense of validation and deluded self-importance but would also save them potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars or even millions in security costs.
They play this off as a concern for security, but what it comes down to is money, like it is with everything about Harry and Meghan.