Prince Harry ‘feels it’s personal’ as Duke battles for British protection rights

Prince Harry ‘feels it’s personal’ as Duke battles for British protection rights
Georgia Pearce

By Georgia Pearce

Published: 05/12/2023

- 10:27

Author and Vanity Fair Royal Editor Katie Nicholl has claimed that Prince Harry feels his battle for British protection rights is "personal".

Speaking to GB News, Nicholl shared the latest on the Duke of Sussex's court battle over his security, which has become a major issue for him after leaving the royal family in 2020 with wife Meghan Markle.

Nicholl told hosts Eamonn Holmes and Isabel Webster: "As far as the Duke of Sussex is concerned, you know he fought two tours in Afghanistan, that's always made him a target.

"He is still if you like it or not, a senior member of the royal family, and his visits to Britain have been limited. In fact, I think he's probably been over here more to be in court than he has to see his family in recent years.

"However, his argument is that yes, he can afford his own security, he does pay for his own security, but that doesn't match up to the special elite for the force of police protection that VIPs, royals get. This is a committee which decide who get this elite level of protection, which Harry believes that he's entitled to.

"Now you'll remember that was stripped of him back in 2020 when he and Meghan stood down as working royals. It was decided that if they gave up those titles, the security also had to go with it. Harry decided he would challenge that decision made by the Home Office and that's why we don't know if he's coming back to be in court for this three day hearing. I suspect he might be doing this remotely, but you know a decision will be made. But it is an appeal. They they did. The Home Office have ruled that he won't get this protection.

"Harry is now going back into court to argue that he should. And interestingly, what he's saying is that the decision that was made by this committee was made by some former Palace staff and Palace staff that he has a bit of an issue with - Edward Young, the late Queen's private secretary, being one of them."

Isabel concluded: "Oh so he feels this is personal!"


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