Prince Harry spoke about his security concerns in his book Spare. He admitted that he didn't expect his family would remove his royal protection.
Prince Harry Thought He Wouldn't Lose Security Like Uncle Prince Andrew
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped down from their royal duties in 2020. When they decided to remain in the United States and work instead of serving the monarchy, they were stripped of their royal patronages, military appointments and protection.
In Prince Harry's book, he admitted that he didn't see his family taking away his security.
"Never. Not in this climate of hate. Not after what happened to my mother [Princess Diana]. Also, not in the wake of my Uncle Andrew," he wrote, Us Weekly reported.
"He was embroiled in a shameful scandal, accused of the sexual assault of a young woman and no one had so much suggested that he lose his security. Whatever grievances people had against us, sex crimes weren't on the list."
Prince Andrew was stripped of his military affiliation and royal patronages. He was also forced to step back from his royal duties and not use his HRH title after being embroiled in a sexual assault scandal.
Virginia Giuffre filed a sexual assault case against him in the United States. Prince Harry's uncle settled the case in an undisclosed amount in February. Despite all the controversies involving the Duke of York, he is still protected by the royal family.
Meanwhile, the Sussexes lost their royal security. Prince Harry claimed that the decision robbed them of what he considered was the palace's "obligation" and "implicit promise."
Prince Harry Is Still Fighting For His Protection In The UK
Prince Harry is still fighting for his security protection. According to him, he doesn't feel safe bringing his family wife, Meghan Markle, and kids Archie, 3, and Lilibet, 1, to his home country without royal protection.
"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," the statement about his request for protection read.
"While his role within the Institution has changed, his profile as a member of the royal family has not. Nor has the threat to him and his family."
The Duke of Sussex offered to pay for his protection in the U.K. However, it was denied. His efforts to receive security protection in Britain received mixed responses from the experts.
"He gave up his right to police protection when he abandoned Britain and royal duty," British journalist Piers Morgan tweeted.
Journalist Richard Eden, editor of the Daily Mail Diary, echoed the same sentiment on Palace Confidential podcast. He urged Prince William's brother in a tweet to "stop bleating and accept the consequences of quitting royal duties."
"[Prince Harry] decided to leave [so] he should now accept the consequences. He's not more than the York girls now, so if he feels unsafe in his country, he should stay in this great and safe country where he's living now. He felt safe in Harlem and in London, no?" one Twitter user wrote.
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Meanwhile, some sympathized with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. They believed that he deserved the same protection as the royal family even after he stepped back from his royal duties.
"He was born there, how can you people be this way? He has had threats against his life from extremists. He should be able to visit the country of his birth even if some dislike him. It's not right what the papers are doing. A few disgruntled does not make a whole country," one person wrote.
"Prince Harry INHERITED AT BIRTH the danger to his life, so did his children and his wife when they got together. The media has played a big part in increasing that danger," a second user tweeted. "Refusing him protection is deplorable, unconscionable, depraved and obscene."
Stay tuned for more news and updates about Prince Harry and his book Spare.