The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are keen to bring their children to Britain to meet the royals. Harry's legal representative stated that he wants his son Archie and seven-month-old infant daughter Lilibet to visit from the United States. However, he is concerned that the visit may be dangerous.
Prince Harry has requested a judicial review of a decision by the Home Office to restrict him from paying for police protection for himself and his family while in the UK. Instead of asking taxpayers to foot the expense after he stepped down as a senior member of the Royal Family, the duke wants to cover the protection himself.
Missing home too much?
Before the Sussexes shifted to California for good, Archie squeezed in a few playdates with his cousins George, Charlotte, and Louis. But it has been more than two years since they last saw each other. Moreover, Lilibet has never met her royal relatives, including the Queen and her grandfather, Prince Charles.
Harry has now claimed that his US-based private security team lacks access to UK intelligence information, which is required to keep his wife and children safe. In a statement, the duke's legal representative said,
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.
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 whilst in the UK.
In the absence of such protection, Prince Harry and his family are unable to return to his home.
Last July, Harry returned for the unveiling of a statue dedicated to his late mother, Princess Diana. However, his car was relentlessly pursued by photographers as he drove away. His mother died in a car accident in 1997 after being chased by paparazzi in Paris. As such, he has already expressed his worry about his family's safety.
Not Royal yet Royal
A police task force - the Royal and VIP Executive Committee are in charge of the list of important public personalities and royals who are protected around the clock by the state. If the lawsuit goes forward, it will result in a High Court struggle between ministers and Harry. His legal representative added,
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.
While his role within the institution has changed, his profile as a member of the Royal Family has not. Nor has the threat to him and his family.
The Queen is fully aware of Harry’s actions, and this would be the first time that a member of the Royal Family is going against Her Majesty's Government.