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Prince Harry Loses Lawsuit Against UK Government Over His Security Protection 

Prince Harry’s legal battles reflect his departure from traditional royal protocols, including his willingness to challenge governmental decisions and combat tabloid intrusion.

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Prince Harry Loses Lawsuit Against UK Government Over His Security Protection
Prince Harry. (Image: AP)

A London judge rejected Prince Harry’s plea for publicly funded protection on Wednesday, ruling that the U.K. government’s decision to strip him of security privileges upon his departure from royal duties and relocation to the United States was not irrational. Harry intends to challenge the decision through an appeal, a report in Associated Press revealed.

High Court Judge Peter Lane upheld the government’s February 2020 decision to provide customized security to the Duke of Sussex as needed, deeming it neither unlawful nor unjustified. The ruling, detailed across 51 pages and redacted to safeguard identities and security arrangements, concluded that the approach taken by the Royal and VIP Executive Committee (formerly known as RAVEC) did not breach established standards.

In response, a spokesperson for Harry expressed his intention to continue contesting the ruling, emphasizing his pursuit of fair and lawful treatment according to RAVEC’s own protocols. Harry’s legal action stemmed from concerns over his and his family’s safety during visits to the U.K., citing social media hostility and media scrutiny directed at him and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.

Harry’s legal team argued that RAVEC, comprised of royal staff, Metropolitan Police members, and government officials, acted irrationally and neglected its own guidelines mandating a risk assessment for his safety. However, a government representative contended that Harry had been treated fairly, highlighting instances where security measures were provided during visits, such as an incident in June 2021 when he was pursued by photographers at Kew Gardens.

The committee’s decision took into account the potential public distress in the event of harm to Harry, considering the enduring impact of his late mother Princess Diana’s tragic death. The Home Office expressed satisfaction with the ruling and hinted at seeking reimbursement for legal expenses.

Prince Harry’s legal battles reflect his departure from traditional royal protocols, including his willingness to challenge governmental decisions and combat tabloid intrusion. While some cases, such as his failed attempt to privately finance police protection in London, have not succeeded, others have shown promise, notably his victory against Mirror Group Newspapers for phone hacking.

Despite his strained relationship with certain family members, notably his brother Prince William, Harry remains hopeful for reconciliation, suggesting in his memoir and subsequent interviews that family illness could serve as a catalyst for healing rifts.

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