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It’s time for me to get back my police protection. Government: Prince Harry says he will take legal action against them if they don’t give the Met security back. He says it isn’t safe for the Sussexes to come back to visit with only private bodyguards.


The Mail on Sunday has learned that Prince Harry is pursuing legal action against the government over its decision to remove his UK police security.

Harry’s lawyers have written a ‘pre-action protocol’ letter to the Home Office, indicating that if the Sussexes are not provided with continued security while in Britain – which they make clear he is willing to pay for – they will seek a judicial review.

If the case goes forward, it will result in a High Court battle between Ministers and Prince Harry.

Harry claims that his private security team in the United States does not have access to UK intelligence information, which is required to protect his wife and children.

The Queen has been informed of her grandson’s actions, which are believed to be the first by a member of the Royal Family against Her Majesty’s Government.

‘In a nutshell, Harry’s argument is: “You got the law wrong,” a source said. He believes that removing his security was a mistake. Harry’s lawyers sent a pre-action protocol to the Home Office a few months ago. This is essentially a prelude to a legal challenge.’

The Prince’s lawyers issued an extraordinary statement late last night, after the story broke in early editions of the Mail on Sunday, defending his decision to sue the British government – and insisting that he would not rely on taxpayers to fund his family’s security.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex contacted the Ministry of State for comment but did not respond before publication.  

Prince Harry is taking legal action against the Government over its decision to remove his security, The Mail on Sunday can reveal (Above, Harry and Meghan with bodyguards in New Zealand in 2018)

The Mail on Sunday can reveal that Prince Harry is suing the government over its decision to remove his security (Above, Harry and Meghan with bodyguards in New Zealand in 2018)

Lawyers acting for Harry, who stepped down from Royal duties two years ago, have written a ¿pre-action protocol¿ letter to the Home Office, indicating that they will seek a judicial review if the Sussexes are not provided with continued security while they are in Britain (Pictured, the Sussexes with the Queen at Buckingham Palace in 2018)

Harry’s lawyers have written the Home Office a ‘pre-action protocol’ letter, indicating that if the Sussexes are not provided with continued security while in Britain, they will seek a judicial review. Harry stepped down from Royal duties two years ago (Pictured, the Sussexes with the Queen at Buckingham Palace in 2018)

Suggesting why Harry may have chosen now ¿ two years after 'Megxit' ¿ to launch his legal bid, the source added: 'When Harry came back last April for Prince Philip's funeral [above], he was given security. But when he came back in the summer, he wasn't'

‘When Harry returned to the United Kingdom in April for Prince Philip’s funeral [above], he was provided with security,’ the source continued, implying that this is why Harry may have chosen now – two years after ‘Megxit’ – to file his legal challenge against the United Kingdom. When he returned in the summer, however, he wasn’t the same person.

Following the removal of Harry’s police protection during his most recent visit to the United Kingdom in July, legal action was initiated.

Prior to the funeral, Harry traveled to the United Kingdom with his private security team. On the tarmac at Heathrow, however, he was met by officers from Scotland Yard’s protection division.

However, it was widely assumed that this was not the case when he returned to the United Kingdom in July with his brother William to dedicate a statue of Princess Diana at Kensington Palace.

Immediately following the unveiling, Harry left with bodyguards who were reportedly provided at his own expense after attending a 20-minute reception.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have made it clear that they are not happy about the government taking away their taxpayer-funded security. They think it was a mistake.

When ‘Megxit’ was announced in January 2020, the couple lived in Canada, protected by publicly funded British UK and Canadian security.

At the same time, they were described as “internationally protected people” in the security section of their new website, which detailed their concept of a “new working model.”

The Queen had not approved the ‘working model,’ so the section was quickly removed.

After a series of crisis talks at Sandringham, it was eventually agreed that the Sussexes would no longer use their ‘HRH’ titles, and Harry’s military honors would be taken away.

A ‘Royal and VIP Executive Committee,’ comprised of the Home Secretary, the Metropolitan Police’s royalty protection command chief, and palace officials, reached the conclusion that the couple’s 24-hour protection could no longer be maintained because they were no longer working Royals in the United Kingdom, according to reports.

In March, Harry expressed his dissatisfaction with the decision in a shocking television interview with talk show host Oprah Winfrey, which was broadcast around the world.

When we were in Canada, staying in someone else’s home, I was told that security would be removed on short notice… That was my biggest concern. “Has there been a shift in the nature of the threat or risk?” In response to their justification for a change in status, I inquired further. And, after weeks of waiting, I finally received confirmation that, no, the risk and threat had not changed, but that our change in status, which meant that we would no longer be official Royal Family working members, was the reason for this.

‘My family cut me off financially,’ he continued, ‘and I had to afford security for us.’

Ms Winfrey stated that the couple was not compensated for the interview. Still, Harry had reportedly received a £500,000 fee to give a keynote speech to J P Morgan bankers in Miami at the time. They were given use of a mansion owned by entertainment tycoon Tyler Perry, who also provided security, before moving into their nine-bedroom, £10 million home in Montecito, California.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have made no secret of their unhappiness at the removal of their security. The couple were living in Canada ¿ guarded by publicly funded British UK and Canadian security ¿ when 'Megxit' was announced in January 2020. (Above, Harry and Meghan in Manhattan in September 2021 after visiting the 9/11 memorial pools)

There has been no hiding the fact that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are dissatisfied with the removal of their personal security. Meg and her husband were living in Canada at the time of the announcement of ‘Megxit’ in January 2020, protected by publicly funded British UK and Canadian guarantees. The royal couple (shown above in Manhattan after visiting the 9/11 memorial pools in September 2021) are a couple in love.

Following crisis talks at Sandringham, it was eventually agreed that the Sussexes would no longer use their 'HRH' titles and Harry was stripped of his military honours. (Pictured, Harry and Meghan in New York City last year)

After a series of crisis talks at Sandringham, it was eventually agreed that the Sussexes would no longer use their ‘HRH’ titles, and Harry’s military honors would be taken away. (Harry and Meghan were photographed in New York City last year.)

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Ahead of Prince Philip's funeral, Harry travelled to Britain with his private security team, but was met on the tarmac at Heathrow by Scotland Yard protection officers. It is understood that was not the case when he returned to the UK for the unveiling of a statue of Princess Diana at Kensington Palace with his brother William in July (above)

Prince Philip’s funeral was held in the United Kingdom, and Harry traveled there with his private security team. When he arrived at Heathrow Airport, he was greeted by officers from Scotland Yard. In July, he and his brother, Prince William, were scheduled to unveil a statue of Princess Diana at Kensington Palace. We needed a place to live, and he also provided us with security, which gave us some breathing room while we figured out what we were going to do.” Harry’s decision to sue the government may result in further difficulties for his family.

The Queen is also facing new challenges, having recently ordered the removal of Prince Andrew from his military and charitable roles as a result of a sexual abuse allegation leveled against him, which the Queen vigorously denies but which a US judge has decided to pursue.

Before moving into their nine-bedroom, £10 million home in Montecito, California, the Sussexes were given the use of a mansion (above) owned by entertainment tycoon Tyler Perry, who also provided the couple with security

The Sussexes were given a mansion (above) owned by Tyler Perry before moving into their nine-bedroom, £10 million home in Montecito, California, where they now live. Tyler Perry also kept the couple safe.

The title “HRH” will no longer be used by Andrew. He could also lose his £2 million-a-year security detail. The Queen’s second son could also lose his job. Protection is only given to Princess Anne and Prince Edward when they are doing royal things.

Because Beatrice and Eugenie were not working Royals at the time, they had their police protection taken away during a previous review of security costs in 2011.

In the event that Harry wins his case, the judge will decide what kind of remedy or solution to give to him and his family. There could be a lot of money spent on the legal fight. The loser is likely to have to pay both the winner’s and their legal fees. As for the Sussexes, on the other hand, they have a number of lucrative deals, including a reported £18 million deal with Spotify and a deal with Netflix.

Last night, a government spokesperson said: “The UK Government’s protective security system is very strict, but it’s also very fair.”

We have a long-standing policy of not giving out specifics about how those arrangements work. There is also the risk that they could lose their integrity and that people could be at risk.

It also provides a further headache for the Queen only days after she stripped Prince Andrew of his military honours and charity patronages after a US judge ruled that a claim of sex abuse made against him ¿ and vehemently denied ¿ would proceed

Isn’t it true that Prince Harry chooses his moments? Just in case the Queen had forgotten about the nightmare he and the Duchess of Sussex have inflicted on her in recent months, he’s here to remind her that, no matter what other pressing issues she may be dealing with, it’s all about HIM.

What a whining, pitiful bore he’s turned into.

What an entitled, obnoxious scumbag.

Not content with slandering his family, airing his grievances on the front pages of newspapers around the world, and kicking his 95-year-old grandmother when she’s down, he’s now demanding that she – and the British taxpayer – foot the bill.

Prince Harry does pick his moments, doesn't he? Just in case the Queen had temporarily forgotten about the nightmare that he and the Duchess of Sussex have visited upon her in recent months, here he is to remind her that, whatever other pressing issues she might have on her plate, it's all about HIM, writes Sarah Vine

Isn’t it true that Prince Harry chooses his moments? Just in case the Queen had forgotten about the nightmare he and the Duchess of Sussex have inflicted on her in recent months, he’s here to remind her that, no matter what other pressing issues she may be dealing with, it’s all about HIM, writes Sarah Vine.

Let’s be clear: Harry and Meghan decided to leave behind their Royalties and seek a new life in America independently. Theirs and only theirs.

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Let’s be clear: Harry and Meghan decided to leave behind their Royalties and seek a new life in America independently. Theirs and only theirs

That’s understandable; after all, it’s their life and their decision. But own it. Instead, they’ve been blaming everyone else for the past two years.

It was their appalling attitude and determination to see the slightest criticism as an act of aggression that caused all of their problems in the first place, not other people’s attitudes toward them.

Anyone who did not treat them with total sycophancy – even their own family and advisers – became enemies.

Not content with trashing his family, splashing his grievances all over the world's front pages and kicking his 95-year-old granny when she's down, he's now demanding that she ¿ and the British taxpayer ¿ stump up for the privilege

Not content with slandering his family, airing his grievances on the front pages of newspapers around the world, and kicking his 95-year-old grandmother when she’s down, he’s now demanding that she – and the British taxpayer – foot the bill.

At every turn, they cast themselves as ‘victims,’ refusing to accept their own part in this tedious and never-ending drama.

The truth is that they lost their taxpayer-funded security protection when they chose to renounce their Royal status and relocate halfway around the world to California’s sunny highlands.

Why should the British taxpayers continue to foot the bill for two people who have no interest in the United Kingdom or our Royal Family?

Can someone demand they keep their old company credit card if they quit their job for more money and better perks and then badmouth their previous employer all over town?

Despite this, Harry’s request is essentially the same. Harry, if you want security, get your new Netflix friends to pay for it. I’m sure they’ll gladly contribute in exchange for another no-holds-barred rant about the wretched people back home.

If proof were needed, this is it: Prince Harry has evolved into the type of man who would sue his own grandmother for a quick buck.

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