Outrage as Harry and Meghan backer drags Charles and Camilla into protection row


PRINCE HARRY’S bid for police protection has drawn attention to the security arrangements of Prince Charles, as a royal author resurfaced old reports that the future king was paying for extra security guards for Camilla out of his pocket.

The story, which dates back to 2002, brought forward the allegation the Prince of Wales was paying for two full-time security staff for his consort – then Camilla Parker Bowles, now Duchess of Cornwall.

Prince Charles’s spokeswoman said: “Whatever the prince is providing is a private matter.”

Charles, Camilla, Harry and Meghan

A royal author has resurfaced old reports of security arrangements made by Prince Charles (Image: Getty)

Charles and Camilla were not married at the time, so the move fueled speculation about their relationship and sparked scrutiny over the increased protection, although it was done privately and not through the royal protection budget.

The kind of protection the Prince of Wales hired was a trusted retired Personal Protection Officer (PPO).

The first comments of the possibility Prince Harry might hire a formed Scotland Yard PPO to protect Meghan emerged in 2016.

The couple had been dating for around two months and in a statement confirming their relationship, the Duke condemned the “abuse and harassment” his then-girlfriend was being subjected to.

In response to Mr Scobie’s tweet, one Twitter user calling themselves ontvnow wrote: “What’s your point, it clearly says ‘security staff’ not ‘police’.

“Harry is more than welcome to do the same and pay for ‘security staff’ exactly like Charles did.”

Another one, under the name westcoastwoman, said: “It clearly states full-time security staff – not police. Also, Charles is the future Monarch. Harry is not.”

The Duke, who lost his taxpayer-funded police security after stepping back from royal duties in 2020, says his private security team does not have adequate jurisdiction abroad, meaning they cannot replicate the work of police protection in the UK, with their access to local intelligence and legal jurisdiction.

Why Prince Harry is requesting a judicial review explained

In September 2021, Prince Harry filed a claim for a judicial review against a Home Office decision which blocks Harry from personally paying for police protection for himself and his family. Find out why the Duke of Sussex is requesting to pay for police security himself in the UK, without cost to the British taxpayer.

Prince Harry says he needs to ‘ensure’ Meghan and their kids will be safe before visiting the UK (Image: Getty)

A legal representative for Harry said: “Prince Harry inherited a security risk at birth, for life.

“He remains sixth in line to the throne, served two tours of combat duty in Afghanistan, and in recent years his family has been subjected to well-documented neo-Nazi and extremist threats.”

They added he wants to personally fund police protection, “not to impose on the taxpayer”, which he offered in talks with the Queen over the Sussexes’ future role in January 2020 at Sandringham.

The representative said the petition was dismissed.

Through the application for a judicial review, a challenge in the High Court against the decision of a public body or government department, Harry is hoping for trouble-free visits to his home country.

The legal claim, they confirmed, was filed in September.

The representative added: “The UK will always be Prince Harry’s home and a country he wants his wife and children to be safe in.

“With the lack of police protection, comes too great a personal risk.”

Twitter user Annette Kavoki wrote: “This is about punishing Harry for living a successful life in California. They hate he is not struggling. But let them continue. The more they persecute him, the more he is blessed.”

And Poppy said: “His car was chased at high speed by paparazzi during his last visit to London. Just like his mother. He was not protected.”

The Duke’s latest move follows a security incident in London in July 2021 when his car was chased by photographers as he left a charity event.

Clarence House has been approached for comment.


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