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Fight escalates in the British royal family: now Harry goes to court over a dispute over his safety

2023-12-05T15:18:35.361Z

Highlights: Fight escalates in the British royal family: now Harry goes to court over a dispute over his safety. King Charles' youngest son go to court against the order to take custody away from him. The scandal over accusations of racism still resonates. This is the drama that the royal family has been missing in a horribilis week. The Duke of Sussex is taking legal action against the Home Office, over a February 2020 decision, which meant he would no longer receive the "same degree" of personal protection security.


King Charles' youngest son goes to court against the order to take custody away from him. The scandal over accusations of racism still resonates.


This is the drama that the British royal family has been missing in a horribilis week. After they identified King Charles III and the future queen, Kate, Princess of Wales, as the "racists" who wondered what the skin color of Archie, the first child of Meghan and Harry, Duke and Duchess of Sussex, would be, today they have more news of them but in the British Justice.

Harry, the king's son, self-exiled in California and isolated from the "working-class" royal family, has launched a legal challenge before Britain's high court, after being denied the same level of security as other royals when visiting Britain.

Harry is a captain, former Afghanistan veteran, Apache fighter pilot during the Western occupation and "a terrorist target," who was saved from an attack while serving alongside British forces. Now she fears for her family too, if they come to Britain, because the king took away Frogmore Cottage, the house Queen Elizabeth had given them inside Windsor Park.

The removal of custody from the Sussexes was part of this "war of the roses" between the king, his son William and Harry, as they decided to leave the royal family. Today they have private custody, led by former U.S. President Barack Obama's former custodian.

Harry and his wife Meghan Markle, estranged from the British royal family. Photo: REUTERS

The Arguments

In a hearing that the judge considered should be private, for "security reasons", and for three days, it is argued whether the request of the king's son is granted or not. It was decided by the Ravec, a special committee, which included his father's private secretary, the king. But no one alerted Harry to this presence or allowed him to make presentations to defend the need for security.

Prince Harry "has been, unjustifiably, treated less favourably than others" for his security measures when he is in the UK, argued Shheed Fatima (KC), representing the king's said in court on Tuesday morning.

The Duke of Sussex is taking legal action against the Home Office, over a February 2020 decision, which meant he would no longer receive the "same degree" of personal protection security during his visits to the kingdom.

The decision was made by the Executive Committee for the Protection of Royalty and Public Figures (Ravec), which among others includes the king's private secretary.

Shaheed Fatima, KC, on behalf of the Duke of Sussex, said in a written filing: "Ravec should have considered the 'impact' that a successful attack on the plaintiff would have, taking into account his status, background and profile within the royal family, where he was born and will have for the rest of his life, and his continued work of charity and service to the public."

"The plaintiff's consistent position has been — and continues to be — that he should be given state security in light of the threats/risks he faces," Harry's attorney continued.

The Royal Court of Justice building, in the British capital, on Tuesday. Photo: AP

The Duke of Sussex did not attend the hearing in the High Court, where much of the case will be heard in private over the next three days. A decision is expected at a later date.

The right to security

Opening the case, his lawyer said, "The starting point in this case is a person's right to security: there can be no more important right." He said the duke "has fully and adequately engaged with the evidence" and that his "unlawful and unfair treatment" was evident in the documents.

Harry is asking the court to treat him the same way Ravec "has treated other people," he said, arguing that Ravec had chosen "not to follow its own written policy." He said no risk analysis by the Risk Management Board ("RMB") had been conducted, adding, "This is the first time Ravec has decided to deviate from its policy in this way."

"No good reason has been given to single out the plaintiff in this way," attorney Shaheed Fatima continued in her litigation.

He also argued that Harry had the right to submit statements to the Ravec commission, before the decision was made.

The Ghost of Lady Di's Death

Sir James Eadie KC, of the Home Office, said in written submissions that Harry has been treated in a "tailor-made" legal manner, in terms of his security arrangements. He said that, in making the decision, Ravec considers "the risk of a successful attack against that individual."

"In short, Ravec considers the threat faced by an individual, which is assessed by reference to the capability and intent of hostile actors, that individual's vulnerability to such an attack, and the impact such an attack would have on the interests of the state," he said.

Charles III and his son Harry stand cold and distant at the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II in September 2022. Photo: REUTERS

"As a result of the fact that he would no longer be a working member of the royal family and would be living abroad most of the time, his position had changed materially. In such circumstances, protective security would not be provided on the same basis as before. However, in particular and specific circumstances, he would be provided with protective security when he was in Britain," the Home Office lawyer explained.

But Fatima argued that "case-by-case" security provisions lead to "excessive uncertainty."

Sir James said the "tragic death" of Princess Diana was raised during the decision-making process. He added that "there would likely be significant public unrest, if there were to be a successful attack on the plaintiff."

"The decision, and its subsequent application, constituted a legal weighing of relevant factors, in the realization of a consideration of risk, impact and threat," he added.

He said Raven's decision meant Harry could continue to receive security at public expense, "to the extent deemed appropriate in certain circumstances," such as during his visit to the U.K. in June and July 2021 for Princess Diana's memorial events.

Kate and King Charles together in public

When the court hearing takes place, Tuesday will be the first time that King Charles III and Kate, the Princess of Wales, will meet in public, since the Dutch edition of Omid Scobie's "Endgame" revealed that they were "the racists" of the royal family, who referred to what the color of Archie's skin would be. Harry and Meghan's son, the first mixed-race duchess of the Royal Household.

A huge scandal erupted in Britain, after journalist Piers Morgan decided to mention them on British television finally.

The meeting will be at Buckingham Palace with Prince William and Queen Camilla to greet 500 members of the diplomatic corps for Christmas. A British MP is calling for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to be stripped of their titles of nobility in retaliation.

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Source: clarin

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