The Queen has been urged to grant Prince Harry's demand for Metropolitan police protection by a royal commentator even if "it is breaking the royal
The Queen has been urged to grant Prince Harry’s demand for Metropolitan police protection by a royal commentator even if “it is breaking the royal rules” despite the decision being up to the Home Office. Christina Garibaldi, an US Weekly Correspondent, said fans of the Sussexes had “questions” over why the Royal Family had not stepped into the ongoing security row. This comes as Harry seeks a judicial review of the decision to strip him of his UK police protection team, claiming it is “too dangerous” to return for a visit without Scotland Yard bodyguards.
The Duke of Sussex wants a review of the Home Office decision not to allow him to pay for police protection for his family while in Britain.
Ms Garibaldi, who is co-host of Royally Us, said: “When Prince Harry left the Royal Family, he was stripped of that extra security because they could no longer provide that to him.
“Why wouldn’t the Royal Family give him that extra protection he needs so he can visit.
“I guess it is breaking royal rules, like you said, it takes precedent that if you do it for one, you would have to do it for someone else.
“But you would like to see the whole family get together in a way that makes someone comfortable. You would feel they would go to that length, but they haven’t.”
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She added: “People have a lot of questions.”
Christine Ross, fellow co-host of Royally Us, doubted that Harry would receive Metropolitan Police protection.
She said: “I don’t think they want to set a precedent for this because it opens it up for private citizens to hire Met Police security and that doesn’t seem practical in a day-to-day sense.
“But, I can’t fault Harry for prioritising the safety of his family.”
Harry was last in the UK in July 2021 for a brief visit when he attended the unveiling of a statue for his late mother Princess Diana at Kensington Palace.
Meghan has not been in the UK since March 2020, while their son Archie last saw his family in November 2019.
Harry and Meghan’s daughter Lilibet has never visited the UK and so has never met her great-grandmother the Queen or grandfather Prince Charles.
In light of the security request, a legal representative for Harry released a statement: “Prince Harry inherited a security risk at birth, for life. He remains sixth in line to the throne, served two tours of combat duty in Afghanistan, and in recent years his family has been subjected to well-documented neo-Nazi and extremist threats. While his role within the Institution has changed, his profile as a member of the Royal Family has not. Nor has the threat to him and his family.”
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it continued: “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 whilst in the UK. In the absence of such protection, Prince Harry and his family are unable to return to his home.
“The Duke first offered to pay personally for UK police protection for himself and his family in January of 2020 at Sandringham. That offer was dismissed. He remains willing to cover the cost of security, as not to impose on the British taxpayer. As is widely known, others who have left public office and have an inherent threat risk receive police protection at no cost to them. 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. During his last visit to the UK in July – to unveil a statue in honour of his late mother – his security was compromised due to the absence of police protection, whilst leaving a charity event.
“After another attempt at negotiations was also rejected, 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 UK will always be Prince Harry’s home and a country he wants his wife and children to be safe in With the lack of police protection comes too great a personal risk. Prince Harry hopes that his petition –after close to two years of pleas for security in the UK – will resolve this situation. It is due to a leak in a UK tabloid, with surreptitious timing, we feel it necessary to release a statement setting the facts straight.”