Prince Harry’s already strained relationship with his father, King Charles III, could be further damaged after the Duke of Sussex’s bid to pay for his own police protection was denied again in court.
“Harry has already made it clear that he doesn’t feel safe in the U.K. and is building his life in California,” royal commentator Shannon Felton Spence told Fox News Digital. “Between the court’s decision this morning and their move out of Frogmore Cottage, I don’t think we should expect to see the Sussex family in the U.K. again for a very long while.”
“The King” author Christopher Andersen agreed, saying, “It’s hard to imagine anything short of a royal funeral or another in-and-out court appearance that would lure Harry — much less Meghan — back to the U.K. anytime soon.”
The British government stopped providing police protection for Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle after the couple stepped back from their senior roles in the royal family in 2020. Since then, Prince Harry has been locked in a legal battle. He argued the protection was still necessary for his family and even offered to personally pay for it.
Further, he said it could strain police resources, set a precedent and be seen as unfair.
Ian Pelham Turner, another royal expert, noted Prince Harry and Markle’s failure to be able to finance their own police protection is “another major blow” to the couple, who have stepped away from their roles as working royals.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle lost their police protection when they stepped back from their senior roles in 2020. (Reuters)
“I personally feel it is an inexplicable decision,” he explained. “I understand this would be an unusual method of paying the Metropolitan Police for security protection and could set a precedent. But, right now, these are new times for the royal family and especially King Charles, and new methods of financing any royal projects should be investigated.
“The sovereign doesn’t interfere with the government. There is an extreme firewall between the two institutions,” Spence said. “That’s how the U.K. constitutional monarchy works. The High Court and the Home Office are government institutions.”
Prince Harry and King Charles have reportedly had a strained relationship since the Duke of Duchess left his role as a working royal. (Wiktor Szymanowicz/Anadolu Agency)
“Plus, the royal family so rarely brings issues through the court. They do not think it is in their interest for longevity of the institution to air their dirty laundry or tell a story of how they were wronged. So, no, the king respects the decision of the High Court.”
If Harry were to win this court case, the British taxpayers would fund the police protection — similar to what the Duke and Duchess of Sussex received before stepping back in 2020 — when they visit in the future.
King Charles cannot overturn the decision made by the courts, royal experts told Fox News Digital. (Associated Press)
Andersen claimed King Charles “really considers himself above such mundane considerations as who does or doesn’t get protection.”