Prince Harry complained over role of Queens staff in police protection row

Prince Harry "complained" about Queen Elizabeth II's staff after they reportedly failed to follow up on his request for protection, his lawyers claimed.

When he stepped down as a working royal in March 2020, the Duke of Sussex famously lost his access to Met Police bodyguards paid for by the palace.

However at a meeting between Harry and the late Queen, King Charles III, Prince William and royal staff at Sandringham, the prince offered to pay for the team to stay on and continue to protect him at his own expense – but after this request wasn't realised, Harry launched a judicial review lawsuit against the UK Home Office which has been raging on ever since.

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The prince's lawyers wrote: "[Prince Harry] had expressed his willingness to pay for police protection at the Sandringham meeting attended by Sir Edward Young [Private Secretary to Her Majesty the Queen] amongst others, and he never resiled from [abandoned] that position at any time thereafter.

"On the contrary, prior to the issue of his judicial review proceedings he had complained about the fact that neither Sir Edward Young nor Sir Michael Stevens (Keeper of the Privy Purse) had got back to him about whether he could pay for police protection for himself and his family, despite their having said that they would do so."

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Harry's lawyers didn't reveal whether the Duke complained to Young and Stevens directly, to other staff members in the Royal Household, or to members of the royal family.

Court documents reveal the prince even met with one of then-PM Boris Johnson's most senior policy advisors, Sir Mark Sedwill, in his mission to have his security team reinstated.

Sedwill was not only cabinet secretary but also Britain's national security adviser at the time, a role described by think tank The Institute for Government as: "The central coordinator and adviser to the prime minister and cabinet on security, intelligence, defense, and some foreign policy matters."

But despite his discussions with the most senior security officials in the country and members of his family, his concerns for his family's safety and his request for ongoing protection seemed to fall on deaf ears.

The documents continue: "[Prince Harry] believed and hoped that his offer to pay had been and/or would be communicated to those who were responsible for the decision-making, although it became increasingly clear to him that his concerns, in particular as regards his and his family's security, were not being given proper consideration.

"Moreover, and consistently with this belief, [Prince Harry's] email to Sir Edward Young dated 16 April 2020, specifically referred to the offer to pay and to the fact that he was still waiting to hear back from Sir Michael Stevens and Sir Mark Sedwill in respect of it."

Harry and his wife Meghan Markle were granted security at the expense of the palace when they returned to the UK for Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee back in June of this year.

However, it was reported that when the pair returned to Europe in September just prior to the late monarch's death for a series of charity events, they had to pay for their own protection personnel both in the UK and in Germany.

The Daily Star has contacted Harry's representatives and the Palace for comment.

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