Prince Harry’s lawyers tell the High Court he ‘doesn’t feel safe in the UK’

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  • Prince Harry is seeking judicial review after his claim for payment for British police protection was rejected.
  • The Duke’s lawyer told the court on Friday that he “didn’t feel safe when he was in the UK”.
  • Last year Harry’s car was chased by paparazzi photographers as he left a charity event in London.

A lawyer for Prince Harry told a London court on Friday that the UK “will always be his home”, appealing the government’s refusal to provide the British royal family with police protection even if it paid for it.

Harry and his wife Meghan lost their protection paid for by British taxpayers when they left their frontline royal duties in 2020 and moved to California.

The Duke of Sussex, who was not in court, is seeking judicial review after the Home Office rejected his request to pay himself for British police protection.

The couple have their own private security team in the US, but Harry says they don’t have the proper jurisdiction or access to UK intelligence needed to keep his family safe.

“This claim relates to the claimant not feeling safe while in the UK,” Harry’s solicitor Shaheed Fatima told the Royal Courts of Justice.

“It goes without saying that he wants to return to see his family and friends and continue to support the charities that are close to his heart.

“Above all, it is and always will be his home.

Last summer Harry’s car was chased by paparazzi photographers as he left a charity event in London. The following day, he and his older brother William unveiled a statue of their late mother, Princess Diana.

She died in Paris in 1997 after a high-speed car chase also involving photographers, and Harry’s relationship with the British media remains strained.

Home Office lawyer Robert Palmer dismissed Harry’s offer to pay for police protection as “irrelevant”.

“Police personal protective security is not available on a privately funded basis,” Palmer said in a written brief.

Instead, the government’s ‘Royal and VIP Executive Committee’ (RAVEC) decides whether to provide Harry with police protection based on his reason for being in the UK.

“A case-by-case approach rationally and appropriately allows RAVEC to implement a reactive approach to reflect applicable circumstances,” Palmer said.

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