In the wake of a recent legal defeat regarding his personal security, Prince Harry, along with his wife Meghan Markle, may remain in the U.S. indefinitely, surmise royal analysts.
The Duke of Sussex's application for a judicial review of the decision to prohibit him from financing his police protection in the U.K. was denied by Justice Martin Chamberlain. Royal observers suggest that this outcome could deter the Sussexes from returning to the U.K. anytime in the near future.
Shannon Felton Spence, a renowned public speaker and television commentator, shared her insights with Fox News Digital. "Given Harry's expressed concerns about his safety in the U.K. and the recent liquidation of their Frogmore Cottage residence, the likelihood of seeing the Sussexes on British soil anytime soon seems minimal," she said.
This opinion was echoed by American journalist and royal author, Christopher Andersen. "Considering the current circumstances, it's difficult to envision a scenario, barring a royal funeral or a swift court appearance, that would coax Harry and Meghan to return to the U.K.," stated the author of "King."
Ian Pelham Turner, a prominent broadcast journalist, regarded the court's decision to disallow Prince Harry from financing his police protection as a significant setback for the couple who resigned from their royal duties in 2023. "The current times demand innovative funding solutions for royal projects, considering the increased scrutiny the royal family is facing," he commented. He suggested that the British public might view self-financing by the royals as a progressive step.
The court appeal originated from the decision by the Executive Committee for the Protection of Royalty and Public Figures (Ravec), the body responsible for the security of prominent figures, including the British royal family, to decline Prince Harry's request to personally fund his police protection.
Prince Harry's legal team argued in court that Ravec had overstepped its authority in making the decision, a claim disputed by the U.K. Home Office. Their legal team countered, asserting that acquiescing to Prince Harry's proposal could lead to the commodification of protective security, whereby a "wealthy person should be permitted to 'buy' protective security."