Prince Harry wins first stage of private security battle against Home Office

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Prince Harry has won the first stage of his legal battle against the Home Office over security arrangements when he and wife Meghan Markle are in the UK.

Harry took action after he was not allowed to pay for police protection for him or his family while in north America.

And now his lawyers have been given permission for a full hearing to take place and to have a judge look over the Home Office's decision.

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Mr Justice Swift said: “The application for permission to apply for judicial review is allowed in part and refused in part.”

The duke’s challenge concerns the February 2020 decision of the Executive Committee for the Protection of Royalty and Public Figures over his security, after being told he would no longer be given the “same degree” of personal protective security when visiting.

According to reports, he originally thought that the decision was an independent one, but later found out that the Royal Household was involved.

Harry’s legal team had sought to argue that the security arrangements set out in a letter from RAVEC, and their application when he visited the UK in June 2021, were invalid.

They claimed that this was due to “procedural unfairness” because he was not given an opportunity to make “informed representations beforehand” to appeal for security or to make his own arrangements in time.

The Home Office declared that Harry's security would be decided on a "case by case" basis, and attempted to have a full judicial review refused – which it was not.

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Home Office representative Sir James Eadie QC claimed that all tensions between Harry and the Royal family were "irrelevant" when it came to his change in Royal status after stepping back from being a "working Royal" a few years ago.

The Daily Star has reached out to Harry and wife Meghan's team for a comment on the matter.

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