Court: Prince Harry's Security Was Legitimately Yanked

Decision to grant security on case-by-case basis was fair and justified, High Court rules
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 28, 2024 12:30 PM CST
Prince Harry's Protest of Loss of Security Fails
Britain's Prince Harry leaves the Royal Courts Of Justice in London, Tuesday, March 28, 2023.   (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)

Prince Harry was not improperly stripped of his publicly funded security detail during visits to Britain after he gave up his status as a working member of the royal family and moved to the US, a London judge ruled Wednesday, per the AP. Justice Peter Lane said in the High Court that the decision to provide security to the younger son of King Charles III on a case-by-case basis was not unlawful, irrational, or unjustified.

The Duke of Sussex, 39, claimed he and his family were endangered when visiting the UK because of hostility toward him and his wife on social media and relentless hounding by news media. His lawyer argued that the government group that evaluated Harry's security needs acted irrationally and failed to follow its own policies that should have required a risk analysis of the duke's safety.

A government lawyer said Harry had been treated fairly and was still provided protection on some visits, citing a security detail that guarded him in June 2021 when he was chased by photographers after attending an event with seriously ill children at Kew Gardens in west London. The committee that made the decision to reject his security request considered the wider impact that the "tragic death" of his mother, the late Princess Diana, had on the nation, and in making its decision gave greater weight to the "likely significant public upset were a successful attack" on her son to happen, attorney James Eadie said. (Harry failed to persuade a different judge last year that he should be able to privately pay for London's police force to guard him when he comes to town.)

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