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Prince Harry withdraws legal action against home office over security dispute



The duke offers to cover security costs, but dispute over funding remains.

Prince Harry has withdrawn his legal action against the Home Office in a dispute over security concerns. In a previous court hearing, it was revealed that The Mail on Sunday first reported the duke’s legal action against the Home Office in January 2022. The legal move came as Harry and his family claimed they were “unable to return to his home” due to insufficient police protection in the UK.

In a statement issued on Harry’s behalf at the time, it was mentioned that the duke had offered to personally pay for UK police protection for himself and his family, starting in January 2020 at Sandringham. However, the offer was allegedly dismissed, leading to the security dispute.

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During a previous High Court appearance, Mr. Justice Nicklin was informed that the duke’s offer of private funding for security was not advanced to Ravec (presumably a reference to the Royal and VIP Executive Committee), neither during Harry’s visit in June 2021 nor in any pre-action correspondence.

The Mail on Sunday article claimed that this revelation was a “crushing rebuttal to Harry’s initial public statement that implied he had always been willing to foot the bill.”

A Home Office document prepared for a February 2022 preliminary hearing in Harry’s security claim reportedly stated that his offer of private funding was not advanced at the time of his visit in June 2021 or in any pre-action correspondence.

Recently, a spokeswoman for the publisher confirmed that Prince Harry had withdrawn his case. The dispute over funding for security measures appears to persist despite the duke’s willingness to cover the costs personally.


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