Prince Harry has a 'serial habit of taking people to court'

Prince Harry has a 'serial habit of taking people to court'
Georgia Pearce

By Georgia Pearce

Published: 06/12/2023

- 08:53

Former BBC Royal Correspondent Jennie Bond has said that Prince Harry has a 'serial habit of taking people to court'.

Discussing the Duke’s security case against the Home Office, she told GB News:

“I don’t think [the Royals] think that security is a status symbol at all. I think they quite reasonably believe that they are a target and there’s no doubt at all that Harry remains a target, I think.

“I think what the judge has to decide here is whether or not he has been singled out for special and, as he sees it, unfair treatment. Was a risk assessment carried out by RAVEC – his lawyers say it was not carried out in the same way as other people.

“Is the risk to Harry the same as it was before he stepped back from royal duties? He remains a Prince of the Realm. He remains very high in the Line of Succession to the throne and he remains a man who has quite an extensive military service behind him and a man who has written publicly that he has killed 25 Taliban.

“That, I think, the judge has to take into account as to whether he has a legitimate security risk.

“Harry’s lawyers have suggested that the risk assessment wasn’t carried out – they claim. Whether it was or not I have no idea but I have some sympathy with Harry on this because he is a very prominent individual.

“And yet, you can argue of course, he’s found it perfectly easy to come back to the UK on six occasions.

“What he’s arguing is that he feels his family will be in danger if they came back. Again, you can point to the evidence that they have been back since they stepped down from their royal duties and of course you can argue that life in California is probably much more than over here.

“But this is Harry’s belief and I think he has a legitimate case and lots of his cases that he brings so incessantly over here against newspapers and the previous one against the Home Office in which he offered to pay for his security – he lost that one – he does have his serial habit of taking things to court.”

Meanwhile, Sir Jacob Rees-Mogg has agreed that the Duke's new hobby is ‘taking people to court’.

He said: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are great advocates for their privacy. To pursue their own lives free from the tyranny of the British media which holds them in such a tight grip and keeps them in the public limelight.

“And you may wonder what the Sussexes get up to now they have abandoned their royal duties and released practically every detail of their private lives via biography or documentary.

“And the answer revealed itself today as The Duke enjoyed his latest hobby – taking people to court.

“This time, it’s the Home Office over the question of personal security after the committee on security for Royal and public figures cut his level of security after he stepped down as a serving royal.

“Perhaps he was perfectly reasonable. In terms of royal security in this country, I went to an event in Bath with the Citizens Advice Bureau that the Princess Royal was going to and as far as I could tell, the Princess Royal drove her own car, there was a constable on the beat who kept an eye on her car but other than that, there seemed to be no security other than a Lady in Waiting.

“One of the great things about this country is that unlike America, public figures don’t go around with swathes of armed people as essentially a status symbol and there’s a point at which it tips over from being security to being an expression of power.”


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