Prince Harry Denied Police Protection in the UK

Prince Harry Denied Police Protection in the UK
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Monday 15 April 2024, 20:14 - Last updated: 16 April, 20:23
It is official: Prince Harry cannot have police protection when he returns to London. The appeal confirming the denial of protection for Harry and Meghan has been rejected. The British judiciary today denied the admissibility of a further appeal filed by the rebel prince Harry against the government's refusal to continue to guarantee him and his family automatic police protection during their stays in the United Kingdom. The decision accompanies the confirmation of a verdict last February against his initial appeal, as part of a legal proceeding ongoing for months, and the order to pay legal costs against the second son of King Charles III and the late Lady Diana. The denial of protection was set by the Home Office following the abandonment of his role as an 'active' senior member of the royal family imposed after the traumatic split of 2020 and the move with his spouse Meghan Markle to the USA. And the point is precisely this: he is no longer part of the Royal family. Therefore, he cannot enjoy the privileges deriving from that membership. While a parallel verdict had already denied Harry the possibility of paying for the police out of his own pocket to ensure 'family safety' at home, rejecting the idea that he could have the right to the same level of public protection owed to him until 2020, except in specific situations to be evaluated from time to time by the authorities. Harry had tried to convince the judge to reopen the case in front of the Court of Appeal in London in a written statement read by his lawyers: 'The United Kingdom - it reads - is my home and is crucial as part of my children's heritage; but it is not possible (to attend) if their safety is not guaranteed. I cannot even put my wife in danger and, given my life experiences, I am also reluctant to put myself at risk unnecessarily.' The Duke of Sussex in his most recent trips to the Kingdom (including the lightning visit made to his father, a few hours after being informed of the cancer diagnosed to 75-year-old King Charles, and waiting for a new passage in May for the Invictus Games) has been privately protected. The issue of security - from various possible threats, as from intrusions attributed to tabloids and paparazzi - is a very sensitive topic for Harry, traumatized since childhood by the story of his mother Diana (with whom he shares not a few character traits), culminated in the tragic fatal accident in the Alma tunnel, in Paris, in 1997, fleeing from a last nighttime chase by photographers. Alongside the appeal on the escort, the younger brother of the heir to the throne William is carrying forward, moreover, serial legal battles against the major newspapers of the sensationalist British popular press (regularly hostile to him and Meghan), within which he has already obtained, on the contrary, some significant victories in front of the island's courts.
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