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Prince Harry's Legal Battle: Taxpayer Burden Tops $630,000

Prince Harry's Legal Battle Over Police Protection Costs Taxpayers $630,000+

Prince Harry's legal challenge against the Home Office, denying him automatic police protection, has incurred a significant expense for taxpayers. Figures obtained through a Freedom of Information request reveal the extensive costs of fighting two judicial review claims.

Breakdown of Costs:

  • Counsel fees: Over £180,000 spent on legal representation.
  • Government legal department: A hefty £320,000 allocated for legal support.
  • Court fees: £2,300 incurred during proceedings.
  • E-disclosure: Nearly £10,000 spent on electronic disclosure.

Ravec vs Prince Harry: Justice Lane's ruling in February dismissed Prince Harry's claims after a prolonged legal battle spanning two and a half years. The decision by the Royal and VIP Executive Committee (Ravec) to withdraw state-funded security was upheld as rational and fair.

Prince Harry's insistence that taxpayer-funded security should shield him from paparazzi photography was deemed inappropriate by the court. Despite setbacks, he plans to challenge the verdict, indicating ongoing legal expenses.

Continued Frustration: Prince Harry remains adamant that the lack of guaranteed police protection leaves him vulnerable during UK visits. He now provides 30 days' notice for travel plans, subject to assessment.

In correspondence with Sir Mark Sedwill, the former Cabinet Secretary, Prince Harry expressed frustration over his perceived vulnerability and sought accountability for the decision to remove taxpayer-funded protection in early 2020

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