Prince Harry is seeking a judicial review against a decision by the British government that does not allow him to pay for police protection when he and his family visits the United Kingdom.
According to a statement from Prince Harry’s legal representative, the Duke of Sussex wants to pay for police protection himself to ensure his family’s safety, but he is unable to do so unless the UK Home Office allowed him to.
Harry lost his taxpayer-funded police security in the UK when he officially stepped down from royal duties in 2020 and moved to California with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.
The royal couple have been privately funding their security in the United States after former President Donald Trump said that the U.S. would not pay for their protection.
According to the representative, Harry’s private security team does not have adequate jurisdiction abroad.
“The goal for Prince Harry has been simple — to ensure the safety of himself and his family while in the UK so his children can know his home country,” the representative said.
“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 representative further said.
The representative said that they had decided to make the information public due to a leak in the British tabloid press.
The Mail on Sunday first reported on the legal action.
Harry’s concerns follow an incident in London in 2021 when photographers reportedly chased his car after he left a charity event, following the unveiling of a statue of his late mother Princess Diana.
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