Prince Harry embarks on a legal challenge to personally pay for police protection in the UK

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Prince Harry is seeking a judicial review of the Home Office's refusal to allow him to privately fund police protection for himself and his family when they're in the UK.

A legal representative for Prince Harry confirmed that he wants his wife, Meghan Markle and children, Archie (two) and Lilibet (seven months), to be safe in the UK, but that it's too dangerous without adequate police protection,

A statement (via BBC News) read, "Prince Harry inherited a security risk at birth, for life.

"He remains sixth in line to the throne, served two tours of combat duty in Afghanistan, and in recent years his family has been subjected to well-documented neo-Nazi and extremist threats.

"The UK will always be Prince Harry's home and a country he wants his wife and children to be safe in. With the lack of police protection, comes too great a personal risk."

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Judicial review is the process in which a decision of a public body or government department can be challenged in the High Court. In this case, the application for judicial review was filed in September 2021.

A legal representative for Prince Harry said (via The Guardian), "The Duke and Duchess of Sussex personally fund a private security team for their family, yet that security cannot replicate the necessary police protection needed while in the UK.

“In the absence of such protection, Prince Harry and his family are unable to return to his home.”

It follows an incident in July 2021, when Prince Harry briefly returned to the UK to unveil a memorial of his mother, the late Princess Diana. It was widely reported that Prince Harry's car was chased by reporters as he left.

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After he and Meghan stepped back from royal duties in 2020, Prince Harry lost his taxpayer-funded police security. According to his legal representative, he wants to personally fund police protection in the UK, rather than "impose on the taxpayer."

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