Prince Harry’s Lawyers Declare That the Royal ‘Does Not Feel Safe When He Is in the U.K.’

Prince Harry's legal team just shared a major statement.

When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stepped down from their official roles as senior royals back in 2020, they lost many of the things that came with the titles, including U.K.-funded police protection for themselves and their two young children—Archie, 2, and Lilibet, 8 months. And while the duke tried to personally pay for this protection, his request was denied, and he is now seeking a judicial review.

During a hearing that occurred in London early this morning, the duke's lawyers explained the reasoning behind this request. As reported by the Associated Press, Prince Harry's representative, Shaheed Fatima, said, “[The duke] does not feel safe when he is in the U.K. given the security arrangements applied to him.” She added, “It goes without saying that he does want to come back to see family and friends and to continue to support the charities that are so close to his heart. Most of all, this is—and always will be—his home.”

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This quote arrives only a month after one of the duke's representatives shared a statement that said, “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. In the absence of such protection, Prince Harry and his family are unable to return to his home.”

This message also noted, “The goal for Prince Harry has been simple—to ensure the safety of himself and his family while in the U.K. so his children can know his home country.”

During this weekend's hearing, a representative for the British government, Robert Palmer, said, “Personal protective security by the police is not available on a privately financed basis.” However, as Prince Harry's team has previously pointed out, his situation is quite unique, in that, “His profile as a member of the Royal Family has not [changed]. Nor has the threat to him and his family.”

We hope that things get resolved as quickly as possible, so the queen can meet her namesake great-granddaughter.

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