Prince Harry loses appeal to overturn ruling against his personal security in U.K

Prince Harry has lost his bid to appeal after losing his battle with the Home Office over his personal security arrangements when he visits the UK.


The Duke of Sussex has also been ordered to pay 90 per cent of their legal costs for defending his challenge, which came after he was told he would no longer be given the “same degree” of publicly-funded protection when in the country.


Prince Harry took legal action over the February 2020 decision of the Executive Committee for the Protection of Royalty and Public Figures (Ravec) after being told he would no longer be given the “same degree” of publicly-funded protection when in the country.


In February, retired High Court judge Sir Peter Lane rejected the Duke’s case and concluded Ravec’s approach was not irrational nor procedurally unfair.


However, giving a ruling on Monday, April 15, Sir Peter said that Harry should pay most of the Home Office’s legal costs, but said the government department had committed “breaches” during the legal battle which were “sanctionable”.


The Judge said; 


“They have resulted in the case being largely contested by reference to new grounds, which have not been subjected to the normal permission process.

“The breaches resulted from misapprehensions on the part of the defendant as to the duty of disclosure, which this decision has had to address at some length. It is therefore right that there should be a modest but still significant reduction in the award of costs to the defendant.”


Harry lives in the United States with wife Meghan and their two children after the couple announced they were stepping back as senior royals in January 2020. He returned briefly to the UK on February 6 following his father’s cancer diagnosis.

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