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Prince Harry Appeals UK Government’s Decision to Remove His Security Detail

Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, is currently challenging the decision of the British government to withdraw his security detail. This move followed his decision to step down from his role as a working member of the royal family and relocate to the United States.

Security Concerns and Legal Proceedings

Expressing the need for protection during visits to the UK, Prince Harry emphasizes safety concerns for himself and his family due to what he perceives as aggressive press tactics. The ongoing three-day hearing in London’s High Court is the latest legal battle in which Prince Harry confronts both the UK government and British tabloid media. Whether he will attend Tuesday’s hearing remains uncertain.

Previous Attempt and Denial: Prince Harry

Earlier this year, Prince Harry attempted to privately finance London’s police force for security purposes, but the proposal was denied by a judge. The government’s argument centered on the notion that officers should not serve as “private bodyguards for the wealthy.”

Citing Safety Concerns

Prince Harry cites concerns about safety and paparazzi harassment as reasons for hesitating to bring his wife, Meghan Markle, and their children back to Britain. His strained relationship with the media traces back to the tragic death of his mother, Princess Diana. Racist attitudes and intrusive media coverage played a role in his decision to leave the UK.

Current Legal Challenge

In the present legal challenge, Prince Harry contests the decision of the Executive Committee for the Protection of Royalty and Public Figures, which opted for a “case by case” provision of security. His argument includes the assertion that the committee unfairly rejected his security request without a personal hearing and without disclosing the panel’s composition.

Home Office’s Perspective

The Home Office argues that any tensions with royal household staff are irrelevant. They maintain that the committee was justified in its decision because Prince Harry had relinquished his working role within the family.

Broader Legal Actions

This case is one of five legal actions Prince Harry has pending in the High Court. Other cases involve prominent British tabloids. A ruling in a case against the Daily Mail, accusing the publisher of libel, is expected on Friday. Additionally, three lawsuits allege unlawful practices by journalists at the Daily Mirror, The Sun, and the Daily Mail, including deception, phone hacking, or hiring private investigators to gather information about Prince Harry.

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