Prince Harry Battle with UK Home Office: What’s Next After High Court Defeat? – 5 Key Takeaways with Sorrow!

Prince Harry Battle with UK Home Office: What’s Next After High Court Defeat?

After losing his dispute with the Home Office on his security arrangements, the Duke of Sussex plans to file an appeal.

In a judgment that dismissed his appeal to the government’s decision to alter the level of his taxpayer-funded personal protection when he visits the UK, Prince Harry lost a High Court dispute against the government on Wednesday.

The duke filed a lawsuit against the Home Office in response to the Executive Committee for the security of Royalty and Public Figures (Ravec) decision from February 2020. The duke had been informed that he would no longer get the “same degree” of publicly-funded security while in the nation.

Prince Harry Battle with UK Home Office
Prince Harry Battle with UK Home Office

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On Wednesday, retired High Court judge Sir Peter Lane dismissed the duke’s argument, finding that Ravec’s strategy was not procedurally unjust nor unreasonable.

He concluded that Harry’s attorneys had adopted “an inappropriate, formalist interpretation of the Ravec process” in his 52-page partially redacted opinion. He also stated that the “bespoke” procedure the claimant’s lawyers had developed was and is legally sound.

The duke is not requesting preferential treatment, but rather a fair and legal application of Ravec’s own rules, guaranteeing that he receives the same consideration as others in accordance with Ravec’s own written policy, a legal representative for Harry stated after the ruling that he will file an appeal.

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Prior to this, the duke’s attorneys informed the court that he had been “singled out” and “treated less favorably” when it came to the decision to modify the extent of his taxpayer-funded personal protection.

They claimed that the strategy for his protection was “unlawful and unfair” as it did not conduct a risk analysis and did not adequately take into account the effects of a “successful attack” on him.

Harry told the court he doesn’t think his kids can “feel at home” in the UK if it’s “not possible to keep them safe.”

The government had said that Harry’s petition had to be rejected, contending that Ravec, whose authority lies with the Home Office, had the right to determine that the duke’s protection need to be “bespoke” and evaluated “case-by-case.”

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Home Office attorneys contended that the duke had been “brought back within the cohort in the appropriate circumstances” and was no longer part of the group whose “security position” Ravec regularly reviewed.

The court was informed that it was “simply incorrect” to infer that there was no proof that the impact problem was taken into account, and that Harry’s mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, was mentioned in the decision-making process.

The duke said at the hearing on Wednesday that he was “disbelieving” that discussions about his family’s safety were taking place without him.

“The claimant asked who would be willing to put him and his family in a position of extreme vulnerability and risk – ‘a position that no one was willing to put my mother in 23 years ago – and yet today, with greater risk, as mentioned above, with the additional layers of racism and extremism, someone is comfortable taking accountability for what could happen,'” the judge wrote in a letter dated February 10 to Sir Mark Sedwill, the cabinet secretary at the time.

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A judge was informed that Ravec’s decision resulted from a change in the duke’s “status” following his cessation as a “full-time working member of the royal family.”

On Wednesday, Sir Peter announced that he had taken Sir Richard Mottram, the previous chair of Ravec, at his word. According to Sir Richard, even in the event that he had been provided with a document outlining Harry’s whole legal case in February 2020, “I would have reached the same decision for materially the same reasons.”

With assistance from the Cabinet Office, the Metropolitan Police, and the royal household, Ravec has assigned the Home Office the task of providing protective security measures for members of the royal family and others.

Due to sensitive information regarding Harry and other famous persons’ security protocols, the bulk of the proceedings took place behind closed doors, with neither the public nor the media allowed access.

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Because making such material public would have “a serious adverse impact on the individuals concerned, as well as being contrary to the public interest, including that of national security,” Sir Peter stated in his conclusion that some information had been redacted.

“We are pleased that the Court has found in favor of the government’s position in this case, and we are carefully considering our next steps,” a Home Office official stated on Wednesday. More commentary would be improper.

“The precautionary security measures put in place by the UK government are strict and appropriate. Our long-standing policy is to withhold specific details about those agreements since doing so may jeopardize their integrity and jeopardize people’s security.

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The duke filed three recent High Court lawsuits, including the security action, coupled with accusations against publishers News Group Newspapers (NGN) and Associated Newspapers Limited (ANL) of illicit information collecting.

Harry and Mirror Group Newspapers reached a settlement earlier this month to resolve the remaining portions of his phone hacking lawsuit.

The duke made the decision to drop his libel suit against ANL in January following a February 2022 Mail on Sunday piece regarding his legal battle with the Home Office.

Harry, who did not attend the court in December, resides in North America with his spouse Meghan and their kids after the pair said in January 2020 that they would be reducing their involvement as senior royals.

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