Harry not entitled to extra security – court

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The British court has ruled that taxpayers do not have to pay to increase Prince Harry’s personal security when he visits Britain.

The prince took the government to court after he was informed in February 2020 that he was no longer entitled to “the same level of personal security”, funded by tax money, as when he was still a working royal.

The prince and his wife, Meghan, left Britain for California that year. The court heard in December that fear for his safety prevents him from visiting his native country. “Britain is my home and is central to my children’s heritage, but my family and I cannot come here if it is not possible to keep them safe.”

The government’s legal representatives have denied Harry’s claims that he is singled out and treated less favorably than the other royals, as well as that a proper risk analysis was not done.

James Eadie, on behalf of Home Affairs, told the court that it had been decided that Harry is not entitled to the same level of security as before, because he is no longer a working royal and mostly lives abroad.

Judge Peter Lane found the government’s decision was and is “legally correct”. In May last year, the court also found against Prince Harry in a case related to his personal safety.

Harry applied to have a decision by the government reviewed that prohibited him from paying for special protection by the British police himself.

The government argued at the time that it would not be appropriate for wealthy people to “buy” security when it was decided that the use of tax money for this type of security was not in the public interest.