The Argument That Tore Prince Harry’s “Simple Goal” To Personally Pay For Police Protection Apart
When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stepped down as working members of the Royal Family, they sadly lost their IPP status. The status grants diplomats taxpayer-funded protection in any country that they visit. Of course this was a huge blow to Harry, who is worried about his family’s safety and about how his fame will continue to affect their lives.
However, after snagging a couple of multi-million dollar deals with the likes of Netflix and Spotify, the Duke could breathe well enough again to file to have the power to pay the UK’s police to handle his security issues in the country. When the application was refused, he opted to go to court and have it granted. But his case was always going to fall apart.
What Is Prince Harry’s Argument In Wanting To Pay the Police For Protection
In the US, Harry is happy to use private bodyguards, so why won’t he do the same in the UK, you ask? For one, UK bodyguards aren’t armed, and Harry argues that his American bodyguards won’t have enough British security intelligence to keep him and his family safe.
A statement by Harry’s rep read: “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.”
The statement further claims that Harry is prepared, and indeed offered, to pay for his own security rather than burden the British taxpayers. It explained that his goal was a “simple” one – to protect his family from anything that would prove a threat to their security. Even though Harry considers the UK his home, the statement added that bringing his children there without the protection would come at a great risk.
What the Government and Security Sources Have To Say About Harry’s Lawsuit
A government spokesperson insisted that the UK’s “protective security system is rigorous and proportionate,” adding: “It is our long-standing policy not to provide detailed information on those arrangements. To do so could compromise their integrity and affect individuals’ security.”
Other security sources said that it’s not plausible to grant Harry taxpayer-funded protection as it might make other high profile and wealthy figures seek it as well.
Speaking to The Times, “This is nothing that the Royal Family can influence… It’s nothing that the Metropolitan Police can influence. If you went down a route of him paying for it, that sets a precedent. Who then becomes the employer? For example, why couldn’t Bill Gates get official projection if he offers to pay?”
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