There has long been speculation about when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will next visit the UK, with many hoping the royal couple will return home for the Queen’s anniversary later this year. But recent concerns about Harry’s safety have raised questions about his return visit, with Prince Harry saying the lack of police protection has left him “unable to return home”.
The 37-year-old royal recently applied for a judicial review of the Home Office’s decision not to allow her and her family to pay for their police protection while they were in the UK.
Harry claimed he applied for police protection in January 2020, offered to pay for it in person when he visited the UK, but said the offer was “rejected”.
In a statement, a legal representative for the royal said Britain “will always be Prince Harry’s home and a country he wants his wife and children to be safe”.
But royal expert Camilla Tomini has suggested that Meghan Markle may “obviously not” want to return to the UK.
Writing about Prince Harry’s request for private police protection, Ms Tomini said: “Yet many royal commentators, and indeed former royal bodyguards have pointed out, the couple will automatically engage in the Met Policing of Jubilee because This is an official event.
“It was the same when Harry came over to Prince Philip’s funeral.
“It seems like policing the couple’s private visits to the UK is what – but surely by their very nature, they don’t pose any significant security risk?
Writing in The Telegraph, she said: “Celia Walden wrote a clever piece in these pages on Tuesday in which she suggested that ‘bored Harry is trying to tell us he wants to come home’.
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He also returned in July for the unveiling of a memorial statue of Princess Diana at Kensington Palace.
Meghan was pregnant during Harry’s first visit and was advised not to travel.
In July, she was still recovering from giving birth to Lilibet Diana, a few weeks before the statue’s unveiling.
Lilibet, now 7 months old, born in California, is yet to meet the queen of her namesake.
In a statement, a legal representative for Prince Harry said that “while his role” has changed, his “profile” has not.
It said: “Prince Harry inherited a life-threatening security risk at birth.
“He remains sixth in line to the throne, serves two rounds of combat duty in Afghanistan, and in recent years his family has been subjected to well-documented neo-Nazi and extremist threats.
“While his role within the institution has changed, his profile as a member of the Royal Family has not. Nor is there any threat to him and his family.
“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex personally fund a private security team for their families, yet this protection may not replicate the police protection required within the UK.
“In the absence of such protection, Prince Harry and his family are unable to return home.”