Entertainment: Prince Harry files second lawsuit against UK government over police protection

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Prince Harry has launched another lawsuit against the Metropolitan Police and the Home Office over the decision to not grant him and his family police protection in the UK.

This case will challenge a decision made earlier this year by the Royalty and VIP Executive Committee, which found private individuals could not be allowed to pay for police protection.

A second lawsuit has now been filed by Harry at the High Court with the Home Office and the Metropolitan Police as defendants.

The Duke of Sussex, who spends most of the year in California with wife Meghan Markle and children Archie and Lilibet, had previously claimed it was unsafe for him to return to Britain with his family unless they had police protection.

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Harry's representatives say his American private security team does not have sufficient jurisdiction nor access to national intelligence that is necessary to protect the Sussexes.

Harry's legal team released a statement emphasising the importance of UK police.

"Prince Harry inherited a security risk at birth, for life," it said. "In recent years, his family has been subjected to well-documented neo-Nazi and extremist threats."

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"Security cannot replicate the necessary police protection needed whilst in the UK."

"The UK will always be Prince Harry's home and a country he wants his wife and children to be in" it said, "in absence of such protection, Prince Harry and his family are unable to return home."

His legal team argues that if the prince were allowed to hire the police, he could personally fund his family's protection and it would come at no extra cost to the taxpayer.

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However, government officials insist the Metropolitan Police's bodyguards and national intelligence are not "guns for hire" and that giving way to Harry's demands could incentivise other wealthy people to buy the police force for their own purposes.

Some have critiqued Harry's appeal because they believe this legal process is needlessly using up taxpayer funds. According to The Mirror, defending the case has already cost taxpayers £100,000 (A$174,000).

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A former head of royalty protection at Scotland Yard, Dai Davies, told The Mirror the decision was "nonsensical".

"For a man who allegedly wants to protect his privacy, he goes about a funny way of achieving it. I believe this is personal," said Davies.

"Rather than seek a workable solution, he has taken this route which is fraught with issues. It's insulting."

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But if Harry wins, he would be able to pay for his own police protection which would save taxpayers about £4,000 ($A6988) a day according to estimates from The Hollywood Reporter.

According to a friend of the couple, one of Meghan and Harry's biggest priorities since leaving the royal family was to pay back taxpayer money: "Because it was Harry and Meghan, it was always being used as a stick to beat them with. Paying back the money was one of the first decisions they took"

On September 7, 2020, the couple repaid £2.4 million ($4.1 million) in public money used to renovate their home on the grounds of Windsor Castle.

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