Prince Harry loses latest UK legal challenge over private police protection

Prince Harry loses latest UK legal challenge over private police protection

According to the Press Association, Prince Harry has lost a legal challenge in the UK over payment for private police protection.

The Prince, also known as the Duke of Sussex, had tried to launch a judicial review over the decision to reject his bid to hire British police privately for his personal protection (and that of his family) .

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A judicial review is a legal process that examines how a decision was made by a public body. It does not examine the merits of the decision itself.

When Harry and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex took a step back from the royal family by moving first to Canada and then to California, they lost their right to state-funded police protection.

Harry offered to pay for police protection himself, but his offer was rejected by Ravec, a committee that decides on police protection for royals and other public figures, who feared it would set a precedent so that the rich are “allowed to” buy “protections”. security,” effectively using Metropolitan Police officers as private bodyguards, the Home Office’s legal team said.

According to Harry’s lawyers, however, Ravec did not have “the power to make that decision in the first place”. He therefore asked for a judicial review to challenge how they had made their decision and whether they had the right to make it. The judge, Justice Chamberlain, has now refused leave to proceed with the judicial review.

Last Tuesday, Harry’s legal team attended a day-long hearing at the High Court in London before Judge Chamberlain to advance their case.

The following day, Harry’s spokesperson unexpectedly released a statement that the Prince, Meghan and Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, had been involved in an “almost catastrophic” two-hour car chase with paparazzi in across Manhattan after Meghan was honored at an awards ceremony in the city. The New York Police Department, however, disputed this account, describing the situation as “difficult” but that the group had finally “arrived at their destination and there were no reported collisions, summonses, injuries or arrests”. .

New York City Mayor Eric Adams called the chase “a little reckless and irresponsible” but added: “I would find it hard to believe there was a two-hour high-speed chase. »

Prince Harry has yet another private security legal challenge pending against the UK Home Office, as well as numerous other legal wrangles with newspaper publishers including the Mirror Group newspapers over allegations of phone hacking and Associated Newspapers, publishers of the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday, following allegations they bugged his car and hacked into his bank account. Both newspaper editors strongly deny Harry’s claims.

He is also embroiled in another legal row with the Mail on Sunday over a ‘libelous’ article about his offer to pay for private security.

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