Prince Harry lost the right to be guarded by the police, in Great Britain, with his relinquishment of the royal title, a court in London decided, which also rejected the request of the Duke of Sussex to benefit from such services for a fee, writes the BBC .
When Prince Harry decided to give up his royal title in 2020, the Executive Committee for the Protection of Royalty and Public Figures decided to cancel the police protection Harry had enjoyed until then.
This decision was challenged in court by the prince, his lawyers claiming that the institution “exceeded its powers”.
Prince Harry has asked that he continue to be guarded by the police when he is in the UK, offering to pay for these services.
But Britain’s Home Office rejected the proposal, saying it was not appropriate for people “a rich person to be allowed to buy the protection” of the police.
Lawyers for the Duke of Sussex said, however, that there are legal provisions that allow for the payment of “special police services” such as in the case of concerts or sporting events and, as such, “paying for the police is not contrary to the public interest”.
But representatives of the Ministry of the Interior have shown that using “officers as bodyguards” does not compare to the additional protection measures, for which money is given, at events such as football matches.
The court ruled in favor of the Home Office and decided to reject the appeal filed by Prince Harry.
The decision comes shortly after Harry, his wife Meghan and her mother claimed they were car chased by paparazzi in New York in what the couple’s spokesman called a “near catastrophic chase” in which “several collisions were avoided to the limit” and which would have lasted two hours.
Editor : D.R.
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