Watch: Prince Harry Wins Small Legal Victory in Royals Family Feud
Prince Harry has been granted a bid to legally challenge the U.K. Home Office's denial of police protection of himself and his family in his native country.
A High Court judge wrote in an approved judgement, filed July 22 and obtained by E! News, that Harry's "application for permission to apply for judicial review is granted," based on several of the claims by the Duke of Sussex.
In September 2021, Harry filed for a judicial review of a February 2020 government decision to deny him the taxpayer-funded security he lost access to after he and wife Meghan Markle announced they were stepping down as senior members of the Royal family. In his filing, he offered to pay for U.K. police protection for himself and their family.
E! News has reached out for comment from the Sussexes and has not heard back. Buckingham Palace has declined comment on issues involving Harry. The Home Office has said it will not comment on ongoing legal proceedings, Sky News reported.
Despite the ongoing legal battle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have continued to visit the U.K. In June, they traveled there with their children, Archie Harrison, 3, and Lilibet "Lili" Diana, 13 months, for Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee celebration. Their daughter celebrated her first birthday during the trip, her first in the country. Harry and Meghan, who are often seen with bodyguards in public, and the Royal family have not disclosed what security arrangements were granted to the family.
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There will be a high court hearing to review the duke's plea for police protection, the July 22 filing states. In the approved judgement, the judge ruled that some parts of four out of five grounds that Harry had claimed for judicial review were "arguable," including Harry's allegations that the decisions by Executive Committee for the Protection of Royalty and Public Figures (RAVEC), a Home Office wing, were "unreasonable" and that "as a matter of fairness, he should have been told the contents of RAVEC's 'policy' before the February 2020 decision was made."