CAUSE The line of police officers protecting Harry is the latest in a series of headaches for the Queen – but certainly a hedge of some deeper issues.
The Duke of Sussex intends to sue the Government to return him to the protection he lost after relinquishing royal duties.
He is seek police protection around the clock – usually reserved for royalty and government officials – when he and his family in the US are visiting the UK.
And the duke said he and his family would not return to British soil until it was safe enough to do so.
Sources say the Queen “will not comply with Harry’s request” while others say the matter is up to the Government.
But some deep problems remain, with royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams describing the row as “a little more complicated than it is being worked on”.
ROYAL RIFT REMAINS
Harry has been viewed as a private citizen since he renounced royal life two years ago – meaning he must provide his own protection of security while visiting the UK.
The duke was given security when he attended Prince Philip’s funeral last April, but has since been left unprotected.
Although he has offered to pay for police bodyguards, insiders insist The Met is not a “private force”.
And although the Queen has little control over the situation, others say it’s odd the royals have not been able to reach a compromise for Harry.
Mr Fitzwilliams told The Sun Online: “In my opinion the matter is a bit more complicated than what is being put forward.
“Especially when there was an incident with the paparazzi over the summer and also given how emotionally affected Harry is by what happened to his mother.
“We have to remember that we are where we are – there is a deep rift between the Sussexes and the rest of the family and that has not been resolved, from all that we know. I got it.”
It comes after Harry’s security was breached last summer, when the paparazzi chased his car as he left a charity event.
Mr Fitzwilliams added: “Technology is one thing, but it is very important that sixth in line to the throne is not involved in a judicial case against the Government.
“It has nothing to do with the Queen but it doesn’t seem right. I’m sure there are ways to go about this – it hasn’t happened before and it shouldn’t be now.”
QUEEN DOESN’T BACK DOWN
It was said The Queen will not help her grandson’s fight – arguably the first legal action of its kind – largely because it’s something she has very little control over.
Royal author Phil Dampier said it was ultimately “not up to the Queen” while the police “generally don’t take care of VIPs” as it would “set a precedent” for other famous stars.
But as Prince Andrew’s legal battle reaches a boiling point at the same time as Harry fights for the security of the UK, it is likely the Queen will want to avoid further drama.
A royal source told The Sun yesterday: “This is not an issue for the Queen. She certainly won’t follow his request.
“That is a problem for Your Majesty’s government. Who receives protection is not a gift that the Queen can decide to give or take away”.
Another added: “[Harry’s] The security requirements in the UK have not been discussed publicly or widely in the family as it was arranged two years ago.
“Honestly, with the health concerns of the Queen and Prince Andrew facing a sex abuse trial, the battle between her grandson and the Government is the last thing she can do. He wants to join.”
HARRY STILL HURT
Meanwhile, Harry has spoken openly about the hurt and harm royal life has caused him since leaving the Company two years ago.
Speaking in his documentary The Me You Can’t See, Harry talks about painful memories from his childhood – including the moment he was photographed with his brother, uncle and grandfather walking behind Diana’s coffin at her funeral.
Understandably, the prince has feared for his family’s safety and privacy ever since, even suggesting Critics ‘won’t stop until Meghan dies’.
Richard Fitzwilliams said: “We know that after the tragic death of his mother he spoke about his emotional trauma and how it affected him every time he heard it. The clicking sound reminded him of that.
“Security kept popping up over and over in the Oprah interview.”
Mr Fitzwilliams added: “That’s what it looks like, too.
“With the tragedy that happened and the technicality aside, there’s so much more to it – there’s the setting, the tragedy of Diana and also an incident with the paparazzi last summer.”
“It’s not a noble thing when the sixth in line for the throne starts taking legal action against the Government because he doesn’t feel safe.”
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