Prince Harry wants to visit the UK, but he feels it's unsafe to do so.
In a new statement, the Duke outlined a dispute with the British government, who won't let him pay for police protection. He also feels he should have this security since he was born a royal, and because of legitimate threats to his family.
Prince Harry on threats, police, and his UK home
The statement, from a spokesperson, opens: "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."
It goes on to say that Harry funds a security team in the US, but they don't have access to proper intel in the UK. So his family is "unable to return home."
The conflict goes back to January 2020. Prince Harry says the government has repeatedly rejected his offers to pay for police protection in the UK. He also wants to "cover the cost" and not inflict it on the British taxpayer.
"As is widely known, others who have left public office and have an inherent threat risk receive police protection at no cost to them," the statement continues.
"The goal for Prince Harry has been simple – to ensure the safety of himself and his family while in the UK so his children can know his home country."
The message adds that his security was even "compromised" during his most recent UK visit in July. But he was again rejected on the topic shortly after.
He is now seeking a judicial review to re-evaluate the problem. "The UK will always be Prince Harry's home and a country he wants his wife and children to be safe in," adds the Duke's rep.
The statement concludes on an interesting note. It says they've released it after a tabloid leak "with surreptitious timing," so they wanted to "get the facts straight."
You have to wonder if they're implying a campaign is trying to divert attention from the Prince Andrew scandal and its damaging effect on the Royal Family.
We'll have to see how this plays out. Prince Harry was last in the UK in July to unveil a statue of Princess Diana.