On Saturday, it was revealed that the Duke of Sussex, 37, is involved in a legal bid to pay for police protection in the UK. Harry has said he is unable to bring his family back to Britain because it is too dangerous without police protection.
Prince Harry lost taxpayer-funded police security when he and Meghan stepped back from royal duties in 2020.
Currently, the couple pays for private security in the US, where they now live with their two children.
The Duke has filed a claim for a judicial review against the Home Office decision not to allow him to personally pay for the security whilst in the UK.
A statement released by a legal representative for the Sussexes explained the Duke’s concern for his safety when visiting British soil.
A statement from Harry’s lawyers detailing the legal action read: “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.”
Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams claims the Duke “undoubtedly needs protection” for him and his wife Meghan Markle, and their two children, when visiting the UK due to his prominent position and history.
He adds that in particular Harry’s concerns for safety are vindicated as one of the teenagers jailed for inciting terror attacks on the prince and other targets has now been released.
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Reacting to Harry’s fears for his safety, Mr Fitzwilliams told Express.co.uk: “In a world where there are numerous examples of terror and extremism, a two-time veteran of Afghanistan who has been threatened by fascist extremists, undoubtedly needs protection for himself and his family.
“A case in Britain in June 2019, where one of the neo-Nazis sentenced who threatened Harry, would have already been released, highlights the concern he obviously feels.”
The neo-Nazi threat facing the Sussexes refers to Michal Szewczuk and Oskar Dunn-Koczorowski, who were members of a group calling itself Sonnenkrieg Division, described as the “third-generation” of the banned terrorist group National Action.
The pair shared a series of propaganda posters online, one of which attacked Prince Harry for marrying Meghan.
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An image was shared by the pair in August 2018 that showed Prince Harry with a gun pointed at his head with blood splatters, captioned with the phrase: “See ya later, race traitor.”
The image was posted on the Gab social media site just a few months after Harry married Meghan, now 40, at St George’s Chapel.
An Old Bailey judge described their online propaganda as abhorrent and criminal.
In 2019, Szewczuk, who created the image, was sentenced to four years and three months in a young offender institution, after pleading guilty to two counts of encouraging terrorism and five counts of possession of terrorist material.
While Dunn-Koczorowski, who admitted two counts of encouraging terrorism, was sentenced to an 18-month detention and training order – meaning he has since been released.
A legal spokesperson said the Sussexes believed the UK threat level is particularly high, greater than that faced in the US, and that their US security “cannot replicate the necessary police protection needed whilst in the UK.”
It comes following an incident in London in July 2021, when Harry returned to the UK for the unveiling of the statute of his late mother, Princess Diana, where his vehicle was reportedly chased by photographers as he left a charity event.
In a concluding statement, the spokesperson adds: “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.”