Prince Harry has to accept a slap in court – he is not allowed to buy police protection when visiting his old homeland.
London – Will he be able to accept the decision now? The Supreme Court has dismissed Prince Harry's lawsuit seeking to challenge a 2020 ruling. After Prince Harry (38) stepped down from his royal duties three years ago, he has to do without police protection when visiting the UK. Harry therefore wanted to pay armed police bodyguards out of his own pocket to ensure his safety and that of his family.
No two-class society: "Not appropriate" for Prince Harry to be able to buy police protection
Prince Harry left his British homeland behind in 2020, and the Duke of Sussex now lives with his wife Meghan Markle (41) and their two children Archie (4) and Lilibet (1) in Montecito, California. Since Harry is no longer one of the working royals after the "Megxit", he is no longer entitled to police protection in the United Kingdom. The Supreme Court has now ruled that the 2020 ruling is upheld and that Prince Harry is still not allowed to pay for police protection himself.
At the hearing before the Supreme Court, a defeat of Prince Harry was already indicated. The reason? A two-class society is to be avoided. According to The Mirror, Prince Harry had called for the armed protection force of the Royal and Specialist Protection Command (RASP) to be financed during visits to the UK himself. The Home Office rejected Harry's demand, saying that the Royal and VIP Executive Committee, Ravec, considered it "inappropriate" for wealthy people to buy protective security.
Officials are expected to put themselves in danger in order to protect the client [the protected royal] in the public interest. This is different from ordinary policing and can only be done if the public interest requires it. It is contrary to these principles that a private individual can pay for this security.
Crown Attorney Robert Palmer in court, according to The Mirror
Gossip for Prince Harry in court – after "relentless chase" through New York, of all things
A real slap for Prince Harry – at an inopportune time. At the moment, Harry is likely to see himself confirmed in his concern for the safety of his family. After an event in Manhattan, where Meghan was awarded the "Woman of Vision Award" last week, according to a spokesman for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, there was a "chase by a group of extremely aggressive paparazzi" that ended "almost catastrophically". "This relentless chase, which lasted over two hours, resulted in several near-misses with other drivers on the road, pedestrians, and two NYPD officers."
No police protection for Prince Harry – his lawsuit was shot down in the Supreme Court. (Photomontage) © IMAGO/i Images/picture alliance/dpa/Nick Ansell
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In the meantime, doubts about history have been raised – among other things, US superstar Whoopi Goldberg (67) pointed out that such a chase in New York simply does not work. "I think people in New York know that if it were possible to have car chases in New York, we would all make it to the theater on time," the actress explained on the US talk show "The View". Not the only things the Duke of Sussex would like to correct at the moment, Prince Harry also denies rumours that he has a hotel room to escape from Meghan. Sources used: mirror.co.uk, pagesix.co.uk, edition.cnn.com