Meghan has excuse to never return to UK over protection row, expert claims

A Royal expert has claimed that the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, has a “very good excuse” to never return to the UK.

This is because the Sussexes are reportedly unlikely to be given police protection, they added.

Prince Harry recently applied for a judicial review of a Home Office decision not allowing him to personally pay for police protection for himself and his family when they are in the UK.

The Duke of Sussex said it was 'too dangerous' to bring his family back to Britain, describing fears over their safety.

The Mirror reports that lawyers acting for the Duke of Sussex have written a "pre-action protocol" letter to the Home Office.

Harry's legal team released a statement detailing they will be seeking a judicial review if continued security is not provided by the UK, during their family visits.

Speaking to The Sun, Royal biographer Phil Dampier said he feels that this is a “very good excuse” for Meghan not to return to the UK.

He explained: "I don't think Meghan will ever come back to this country and I think this is a very good excuse for not coming back – I don't think realistically (Harry) expects to win this case."

After stepping away from the Royal Family in 2020, Harry became in effect a private citizen.

It has therefore been argued that if he was to receive protection then any high-profile figure could also claim it.

Mr Dampier went on to say: "Getting his protection reinstated would set a precedent and so it gives them the perfect opportunity to say we can’t come to platinum jubilee celebrations.

"Harry might come over but it gives Meghan a good excuse not to come and also not to bring the children."

A legal representative for the Duke of Sussex said in the statement: "Prince Harry inherited a security risk at birth, for life. He remains sixth in line to the throne, served two tours of combat duty in Afghanistan, and in recent years his family has been subjected to well-documented neo-Nazi and extremist threats.

"While his role within the Institution has changed, his profile as a member of the Royal Family has not. Nor has the threat to him and his family.

"The Duke and Duchess of Sussex personally fund a private security team for their family, yet that security cannot replicate the necessary police protection needed whilst in the UK. In the absence of such protection, Prince Harry and his family are unable to return to his home.

"The Duke first offered to pay personally for UK police protection for himself and his family in January of 2020 at Sandringham. That offer was dismissed. He remains willing to cover the cost of security, as not to impose on the British taxpayer.

"As is widely known, others who have left public office and have an inherent threat risk receive police protection at no cost to them. The goal for Prince Harry has been simple – to ensure the safety of himself and his family while in the UK so his children can know his home country.

"During his last visit to the UK in July – to unveil a statue in honour of his late mother – his security was compromised due to the absence of police protection, whilst leaving a charity event.

"After another attempt at negotiations was also rejected, he sought a judicial review in September 2021 to challenge the decision-making behind the security procedures, in the hopes that this could be re-evaluated for the obvious and necessary protection required.

"The UK will always be Prince Harry’s home and a country he wants his wife and children to be safe in With the lack of police protection, comes too great a personal risk.

"Prince Harry hopes that his petition –after close to two years of pleas for security in the UK – will resolve this situation."

The Daily Star has approached the Sussexes' legal representatives for comment.

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