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Prince Harry loses high court battle over police protection

The Duke of Sussex has lost a high court challenge against the government over a decision to downgrade the level of his personal security when visiting the UK.

Prince Harry took legal action against the Home Office after the February 2020 decision of the Executive Committee for the Protection of Royalty and Public Figures (Ravec) to accord him a lesser degree of publicly funded security after he was no longer a working member of the royal family.

Harry’s lawyers told the court in December that his treatment was “unlawful and unfair” and they warned of “the impact on the UK’s reputation of a successful attack” against the duke.

The Home Office successfully argued that his taxpayer-funded security would be decided on a case-by-case basis rather than automatically granted. Harry’s lawyers claimed he was “singled out” and treated “less favourably” in the decision.

Judge Sir Peter Lane rejected the duke’s case and concluded Ravec’s approach was not irrational nor procedurally unfair. In his 52-page partially redacted ruling, Sir Peter said Harry’s lawyers had taken “an inappropriate, formalist interpretation of the Ravec process”.

 

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