Prince Andrew to keep tax payer funded security as Harry’s police protection lawsuit wages on

Aug 15, 2022
Prince Andrew will keep his taxpayer-funded security as Prince Harry continues his legal battle for UK police protection. Source: Getty

Despite beings stripped of his royal patronages, Prince Andrew is reportedly being favoured over Prince Harry.

According to The Telegraph, Prince Andrew will continue to receive his publicly funded round-the-clock police protection despite no longer undertaking official royal duties.

The disgraced royals’ entitlement to police protection was reviewed shortly after Andrew’s military honours and titles were removed after he settled a sexual assault lawsuit lodged by one of Jeffrey Epstein’s victims, Virginia Guiffre.

After reviewing his case, the Executive Committee for the Protection of Royalty and Public Figures (RAVEC) “assessed the security threat but concluded that he was still entitled to police bodyguards.”

Though Prince Andrew no longer partakes in royal duties, The Telegraph reports that this entitlement means Prince Andrew will continue to receive personal protection from officers whenever he leaves his home.

The decision has received backlash from royal expert Omid Scobbie who branded the Royal Family “cruel” for allowing the shamed Prince to keep his safety and not allow the same security for Prince Harry and his family.

“It seems cruel in the extreme to allow Prince Andrew round-the-clock police protection but not the future King’s son,” Scobbie said.

“It comes across as the Establishment punishing Harry, yet again, for breaking away from the Firm and sharing his experiences publicly.”

Scobbie added that RAVEC did not “have a publicly visible and defined set of guidelines for this issue.”

However, lawyers representing RAVEC argued that Andrew’s security arrangements were “considered on a case-by-case basis”.

Prince Harry has filed two lawsuits over the decision not to allow him to pay for police protection when he is in the UK. Source: Getty

RAVEC’s decision comes as Prince Harry faces two ongoing legal battles with the UK’s Home Office and Scotland Yard.

Both cases state that Harry should be allowed to have special police protection when he visits the UK from California.

Since stepping down from their senior working roles in 2020, Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, lost publicly funded UK protection, which he claims makes it unsafe for him to visit the UK with his two children, Archie, 3, and Lilibet, 1.

The Sussexes have reportedly cited this as the major reason why they have not returned to Britain as much as they would have liked. Claiming that the risk to them is no lower than when they were working royals.

Harry’s lawyers have also argued that government policy states security is to be provided to those within “immediate line of succession”.

Though Harry is sixth in line and Andrew ninth, RAVEC has said because Andrew is one of the Queen’s four children and a permanent resident of the UK his circumstances and the nature of his security requirements differ from those of Harry’s.

However, Harry’s legal team have rebutted the statement saying: “the UK will always be Prince Harry’s home and a country he wants his wife and children to be in” and without the appropriate protection Harry and his family are unable to return home.

Harry’s ongoing lawsuit with the UK government is still at the preliminary stage, with a spokesperson from the Judicial Office saying that there are currently “no hearings scheduled but the court has received an application.”

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