Prince Harry wants the perks of royalty without the responsibility, says Royal commentator

Prince Harry wants the perks of royalty without the responsibility, says Royal commentator
Georgia Pearce

By Georgia Pearce

Published: 07/12/2023

- 08:34

Historian Rafe Heydel-Mankoo said taking his father’s government to court is unprecedented

Prince Harry’s court case against the Home Office over security is unprecedented and shows he wants all the privileges of royalty without the obligations, according to the commentator Rafe Heydel-Mankoo.

He told GB News: “It boils down to essentially Prince Harry, believing that he's entitled to all of the perks and privileges of royalty without any of the obligations and responsibility.

“It's also actually worth pointing out that this is Prince Harry taking his father's government to court. And that's completely without precedent, we’ve never seen a royal do anything like this.

“Prince Harry is alleging that he's been treated unfairly, that he's been singled out. The Home Office is quite clear and refutes that and says, you are no longer a working member of the Royal Family and therefore your security status must be downgraded.”

In a discussion during Breakfast with Eamonn Holmes and Isabel Webster, he continued: “Essentially, they said, look, you are actually getting real protection. You're getting a bespoke level of real protection like any dignitary who comes, we will view each visit on its own merits, and you'll get the right level of security appropriate to that visit.

“One of the reasons we’ve heard was because he didn't think that the security would be sufficient for him, but it was fine for the president of France. They made no complaints about that. The First Lady of America didn't have any problems with security.

“For some reason, Harry thinks that he's a special case. And he has to realise, of course, that he's no longer as important as he once was.”

He added: “He's suffering from that problem of younger brothers being second in line to the throne at one point, now he's fifth in line to the throne. He's not that important.”


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