Prince Harry Demands UK Police Protection against ‘Neo-Nazi Threats’
'Prince Harry inherited a security risk at birth, for life'
Prince Harry has demanded police security detail while visiting the UK even though he dumped his royal duties.
Harry claimed in a legal challenge that he must have official police protection because his private guards don’t have access to intelligence reports.
The judicial review of the decision could end with a hearing in the High Court over the legality of the prince’s loss of police protection.
A recent statement made by Harry’s legal representative noted official police security detail is needed because “his role within the institution has changed, his profile as a member of the Royal Family has not.”
“Prince Harry inherited a security risk at birth, for life,” the statement read.
“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.”
“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,” it continues.
“In the absence of such protection, Prince Harry and his family are unable to return to his home.”
The prince’s legal representative said Harry is also willing to pay costs for police protection instead of leaving it to the taxpayer.
The case may end being heard in the UK’s High Court, which would be the first time a member of the British royal family has launched a legal case against the Queen’s government.
The case would also create extra controversy because of Harry’s decision to abandon his royal duties in early 2021.
Meanwhile, calls for Prince Andrew to no longer have the costs of his security paid for by the state have also emerged.
Andrew is facing civil action in the United States after being accused of sexual abuse amid the ongoing sex-trafficking case of Ghislaine Maxwell.
The costs of the Prince’s security could reach up to £2 million per annum, according to The Guardian.
Though Prince Harry and Andrew have been ordered by the Queen not to publicly use the title “His Royal Highness,” according to a former minister for the UK’s Home Office, they both likely still qualify to spend public funds.
“[Andrew] has, like Harry, kept his HRH even if he is not using it. But that means he still qualifies to spend public money and qualifies for security,” the former minister, Norman Baker, said, according to The Guardian.
Baker added that he believes Andrew should have the title stripped outright.
“He is no longer carrying out royal duties, so should have the HRH taken away along with his security,” Baker said.
This is not the first time Harry has caused controversy, with his wife, in particular, drawing the race card against the British Royal Family.
As Neon Nettle reported last year, the Duchess of Sussex told Oprah that her son Archie wasn’t made a prince because Buckingham Palace had “concerns” with “how dark” his skin would be because she is mixed-race and Prince Harry is white.
She described her “pain” that Royal officials denied Archie the title of Prince and accused the Palace of failing to protect him by denying him 24/7 security.
Prince Harry - who later joined his wife and Oprah for the last part of the interview - described the conversation as “awkward,” saying it left him “shocked.”