Prince Harry could face security risk as exact time and date of Invictus event revealed, says source

The royal is set to return to the UK in May.

Prince Harry UK visit
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Prince Harry UK visit

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle caused a big stir when they stepped down as working royals in 2020. Now, the couple have set up a life for themselves in America, with their two children Archie and Lilibet. It seems that every time Prince Harry does or does not come back to the UK for events or visits, it causes a lot of ink to spill. Following his very brief visit back to see his father, King Charles, it was announced that Prince Harry would be back in May.

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He will come back to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Invictus Games. However, there are worries that he may face a ‘serious security risk’ at this event. Here’s why people and concerned, and a summary of what the event itself is all about.

Prince Harry faces a ‘serious security threat’

Prince Harry’s security has been a hot topic ever since there was a legal battle over his security in the UK. The Prince’s level of protection took a hit when he stepped down as a working royal, and he argued that this was not fair - given that this change of status didn’t change his very public profile. However, his challenge of this decision was rejected and he remains on downgraded security when on UK soil.

Now, the exact time and date of the Invictus Games event have been posted online. The schedule of the service, to be held at St Paul’s Cathedral, is publicly available. A source told the Daily Express that this could pose a ‘serious security threat’ for the Prince:

Harry recognizes the potential risks to his security, especially considering the sensitive information he shared in his memoir. That’s why his team were so adamant about keeping his whereabouts on a need-to-know basis.
Whenever he’s appeared at events in the UK in the last few years, there have been last-minute announcements due to this very reason.

The source stated that this level of information being available so far in advance created a ‘serious security risk’.

The Invictus Games event

The event itself is to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Invictus Games. Prince Harry created the international Invictus Games ‘to celebrate the unconquered human spirit, and shine a spotlight on these men and women who served’, according to the foundation’s website. The Invictus Games aim to encourage greater understanding of what it means to serve and provide support to wounded or sick personnel.

Prince Harry is often seen at Invictus events around the world, and is sometimes accompanied by his wife Meghan. However, on this occasion he may well hesitate to bring her and their kids along - given the currently strained relations with his family and the security concerns.

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Sources used:

Express: Prince Harry concerned over 'serious security risk' after date of his UK return leaked

BBC: Prince Harry loses High Court challenge over UK security levels


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