Prince Harry's admission of drug use led to the request for his visa applications to be made public

Victory for Prince Harry over controversial US visa

Following the Department of Homeland Security’s denial of a Freedom of Information Act request, Prince Harry’s visa records will not be made available to the public.

The think tank Heritage Foundation argued that the Duke of Sussex’s visa records should be made public after he acknowledged using drugs like marijuana and cocaine in the UK and psychedelic mushrooms in California in his best-selling memoir Spare.

 

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Jimmy Wolfrey, a senior director at DHS, stated in a letter to the organization that “to the extent records exist, this office does not find a public interest in disclosure sufficient to override the subject’s privacy interests.”

Drug abuse is a question that must be answered on visa applications, so it can be difficult for non-Americans to enter the country.

Niles Gardiner, the director of the Heritage Foundation’s Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom, responded by stating that the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) response “shows an appalling lack of transparency by the Biden Administration” and that “we will be contesting their position” in light of the DHS’s efforts to obstruct the Heritage Foundation’s Freedom of Information request.

“There are only three possible ways in which the Duke of Sussex could have entered the United States on a visa: (1) Prince Harry disclosed the full extent of his drug use and received a waiver; (2) DHS blatantly ignored the law; or (3) Prince Harry lied on oath,” the official added.

 

Harry and Eugenie cycling in California
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It is private whether the Duke of Sussex has a waiver, which he must have if he complied with the law given that he currently resides in the United States; (2) it is private whether the government flagrantly disregarded the law in Prince Harry’s case; or (3) that there is a privacy interest in perjury, according to the DHS argument.

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The final decision regarding the disclosure of Prince Harry’s US immigration records will be made by a federal judge in federal court. The application and enforcement of American immigration laws without fear or favor is a crucial issue that concerns the American people, and we are determined to win this case, he said.

 

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry are raising their children in California
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Requests for Harry’s records had also been turned down by Customs and Border Protection, US Citizenship and Immigration Services, and the Office of Biometric Identity Management. The Foundation’s attorney told reporters outside the federal courthouse in Washington, DC, that Prince Harry had lost his right to privacy as a result of highly publicized interviews and his decision to publish an autobiography.

In 2020, Harry and the Duchess of Sussex, an American, moved to the US. They are raising their two kids, Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet, in Montecito, which is two hours north of Los Angeles.

Unknown is Harry’s visa situation.

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