The Duke of Sussex's legal challenge against the Home Office has been heard in the High Court

Prince Harry feels Archie and Lilibet ‘cannot feel at home’ in UK in emotional statement

As heard by the High Court on Thursday, the Duke of Sussex feels that his kids cannot “feel at home” in the UK if it is “not possible to keep them safe” there.

A moving written witness statement that was prepared for Prince Harry’s legal challenge against the Home Office over a change to his security arrangements while visiting the UK was read aloud by his attorney, Shaheed Fatima KC.


Prince Archie lives in Montecito with his mom Meghan Markle and dad Prince Harry
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The father of two gave an explanation for why, after resigning as senior royals in 2020, he and his wife, Meghan Markle, felt compelled to relocate to the US.

With two-year-old Princess Lilibet and four-year-old Prince Archie, the couple resides in Montecito, California.

Harry stated: “My wife and I felt compelled to resign from this position and leave the nation in 2020, which was with great sadness for both of us.

“My home is in the United Kingdom. My children’s heritage is heavily rooted in the UK, and I want them to feel as at home there as they do in the US, where they currently reside. If it is not feasible to keep them safe while they are on UK territory, then that cannot occur.”


Prince Harry and Meghan with their two children


He went on to say: “I cannot put my wife in danger like that and, given my experiences in life, I am reluctant to unnecessarily put myself in harm’s way too.”

After being informed that he would no longer receive the “same degree” of publicly funded security, Harry filed a lawsuit against the Home Office in response to the Executive Committee for the Protection of Royalty and Public Figures (Ravec)’s decision from February 2020.

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Harry and Eugenie cycling in California
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The Government contends that Ravec, whose authority is under the purview of the Home Office, had the right to determine that the duke’s protection should be “bespoke” and evaluated “case-by-case,” and that Harry’s claim should be rejected.

Following a two and a half-day hearing at the Royal Courts of Justice that ended on Thursday, Harry will now have to wait for a judge’s decision regarding his legal action against the Home Office.


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