Queen ‘holds the card’ in Prince Harry’s security clash – ‘Doesn’t need another dagger’
Prince Harry's claim about why he has not returned to UK
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The Queen has no decisional power over the Home Office’s move not to allow Prince Harry to pay for police protection while in the UK, royal expert Marlene Koenig noted. But Her Majesty, who has publicly expressed her affection for the Duke of Sussex and his family on multiple occasions, may provide her own input over this matter, the commentator believes.
She wrote on Twitter: “My view: I think Harry’s issue will be handled outside of a judicial review that he and his family will receive appropriate protection regarding the Jubilee.
“The Queen doesn’t need another dagger in the celebration so why not say yes.
“It’s not the Queen’s decision but she has input and can advise that having Harry and his family is important to her because she has stressed several times that they are still family.
“Yes they will be grumbles on both sides but let’s look at the bigger picture.
“The Queen holds the cards in this matter, not Harry.”
Prince Harry and his family have been widely tipped to return to the UK in June to take part in the celebrations for the Queen’s historic Platinum Jubilee.
On Saturday, it emerged Prince Harry had filed a claim for a judicial review against the Home Office over its decision not to allow him to pay out of his own pocket police protection for himself and his family when he travels back to the UK.
A judicial review is a court proceeding during which a judge reviews the lawfulness of a decision or action made by a public body, such as the Home Office.
In a lengthy statement, the Duke’s representative said Prince Harry funds his own security in the US but “cannot replicate the necessary police protection needed” when he is in Britain.
Without proper protection in place for his family, the Duke, his wife Meghan and their children Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana and Archie Harrison can’t travel across the pond, the representative said.
The statement read: “Prince Harry inherited a security risk at birth, for life.
“He remains sixth in line to the throne, served two tours of combat duty in Afghanistan, and in recent years his family has been subjected to well-documented neo-Nazi and extremist threats.
“While his role within the institution has changed, his profile as a member of the royal family has not. Nor has the threat to him and his family.
“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 whilst in the UK.
“In the absence of such protection, Prince Harry and his family are unable to return to his home.”
The statement went on saying the Duke had initially offered to pay for his family’s UK police protection in January 2020, after the Sussexes announced their intention to step back as full-time working royals.
However, the statement claimed, that “offer was dismissed”.
After stating Prince Harry continues to be willing to pay for his own police protection while in the UK not to burden British taxpayers, his representative spoke of a security threat to the Duke during his latest visit to the UK.
The statement read: “During his last visit to the UK in July 2021 – to unveil a statue in honour of his late mother – his security was compromised due to the absence of police protection, whilst leaving a charity event.
“After another attempt at negotiations was also rejected, he sought a judicial review in September 2021 to challenge the decision-making behind the security procedures, in the hopes that this could be re-evaluated for the obvious and necessary protection required.
“The UK will always be Prince Harry’s home and a country he wants his wife and children to be safe in. With the lack of police protection, comes too great a personal risk.
“Prince Harry hopes that his petition – after close to two years of pleas for security in the UK – will resolve this situation.
“It is due to a leak in a UK tabloid, with surreptitious timing, we feel it necessary to release a statement setting the facts straight.”
Following this statement, a Government spokesperson said: “The UK Government’s protective security system is rigorous and proportionate.
“It is our long-standing policy not to provide detailed information on those arrangements. To do so could compromise their integrity and affect individuals’ security.
“It would also not be appropriate to comment on the detail of any legal proceedings.”
Since officially stepping down as working royal at the end of March 2020, Prince Harry returned to the UK in April last year to attend the funeral of his grandfather Prince Philip and in late June, to unveil the statue of Princess Diana at Kensington Palace and attend an event organised by his beloved patronage WellChild.
Meghan has yet to return to Britain and the couple’s firstborn hasn’t been on UK soil since mid-November 2019.
Lili, born in June, has yet to meet in person her royal relatives.
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