Prince Harry’s ongoing legal dispute regarding his security in the UK has stirred public debate, particularly concerning the financial implications for British taxpayers. The dispute centers on the decision by the UK Home Office to reduce his security detail.
Former head of royal protection Dai Davies expressed concerns about the cost of this legal battle to the public. Speaking with GB News, Davies estimated the expenses could exceed £1 million. He highlighted that despite the reduction in official protection, Prince Harry still receives security during royal-related visits to the UK. Davies argued that the issue is being overblown and will be costly for taxpayers.
The exact cost of royal security is confidential for national security reasons. However, the Institute for Government think tank estimates these expenses range from several million pounds to around £100 million annually.
Representing Prince Harry, lawyer Shaheed Fatima KC argued in the High Court that the Prince should be provided state security due to the risks and threats he faces. This legal challenge follows a 2020 decision by the Royal And VIP Executive Committee (Ravec) to scale back the Duke’s security detail after he stepped back from royal duties and relocated to the US.
The issue resurfaced in the public eye following recent discussions about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s son, Archie, prompted by revelations in Omid Scobie’s new book ‘Endgame’. Harry’s legal battle over his security arrangements continues to draw attention, reflecting ongoing debates about the costs and responsibilities associated with royal family members who reside outside the UK.