Prince Harry to be refused protection as security risk is low, says ex-cop

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Prince Harry won't be given police protection when he comes back to the UK because the risk posed to him by the public is 'too low', according to a former policeman for the Royal Family.

The Duke of Sussex has reportedly threatened to sue over the Home Office's refusal to let him take the "unprecedented" step of paying for police to guard him when he next comes back to his country of birth.

He wants to bring Meghan Markle, his son Archie and baby daughter Lilibet to visit from the US, but claims his family are “unable to return to his home” because it is too dangerous, a legal representative said.

Harry has argued that his US-based security team do not have the sufficient jurisdiction in Britain to be able to protect him properly, and has offered to effectively 'book' police officers for the duration of his next trip at no cost to the taxpayer.

He enjoyed round-the-clock protection in the years before he left his working role in the Royal Family in 2020 and became a private citizen.

But former Head of Royal Protection and Divisional Commander in the Metropolitan Police Dai Davies has hit back at the attempt, saying he had "never heard" of any public figures "hiring" police officers in their day-to-day lives.

He told Mail+: "The fact is, many senior royals are losing their protection. Once you become a plain member of the public like the rest of us, unless there is a serious risk, neither the police nor Scotland Yard will take action.

"At the moment, it is considered that there isn’t a risk, and so they’re not going to take officers away from other royals or other duties to protect him when he decides to be a royal again."

He added that Harry would enjoy police protection automatically if he stays in royal residences during his next visit home.

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