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Prince Harry’s Second Legal Challenge: High Court Ruling Unveiled

In a recent development, Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex, has been unsuccessful in his bid to bring a second legal challenge against the Home Office concerning his security arrangements during visits to the UK.

Prince Harry sought permission from the High Court to challenge a decision that prevented him from privately funding his protective security. His legal team requested a claim against the Home Office and the Executive Committee for the Protection of Royalty and Public Figures (Ravec), which operates under the Home Office, for decisions made in December 2021 and February 2022.

Opposing the claim, the Home Office argued that Ravec deemed it inappropriate for wealthy individuals to privately purchase protective security, including armed officers, when the public interest did not justify publicly-funded protection.

The Metropolitan Police, an interested party in the case, stated that Ravec’s position was reasonable, as it believed that a policing body should not put officers at risk by accepting payment from private individuals.

However, Mr Justice Chamberlain, in his ruling on Tuesday, denied Prince Harry permission to proceed with the second challenge, citing various grounds for rejection.

Prince Harry’s legal team contended that Ravec’s stance contradicted rules explicitly allowing payment for certain police services and undermined public confidence in the Metropolitan Police.

Nevertheless, Mr Justice Chamberlain clarified that Ravec did not express a general opposition to wealthy individuals paying for police services. Ravec’s position specifically addressed protective security services within its jurisdiction, which differ from services provided at sporting or entertainment events. These specialized services involve a limited number of highly trained officers who put themselves in harm’s way to safeguard their principals. Ravec maintained that policy reasons justified restricting payment for such services, while permitting payment for others.

The court previously learned that Prince Harry’s second legal challenge was connected to an earlier claim he filed against the Home Office, challenging the reduction in personal protective security provided during his visits to the UK.

A full hearing for the initial challenge, which also focuses on Ravec’s decision-making, was approved last summer but is yet to take place.

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