Prince Harry is asking for full police protection in the UK, saying he needs it because he wants to visit his home country with his wife Meghan Markle and kids Archie and Lili. He wants to ensure the safety of his family. Some argued, but royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams agreed that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have a reason to fear for their security.
Prince Harry Is Being Reasonable With Security Concerns
Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams weighed in on the Duke of Sussex's security request to pay for police protection. According to Fitzwilliams, he "undoubted needs protection" due to his prominent position and history.
"The Duke of Sussex's concerns for safety are vindicated as one of the teenagers, called neo-Nazis, jailed for inciting terror attacks on the Duke and other targets has now been released," Fitzwilliams explained to Express.
He added, "In a world where there are numerous examples of terror and extremism, a two-time veteran of Afghanistan who has been threatened by extremists, undoubtedly needs protection for himself and his family. A case in Britain in June 2019, where one of the neo-Nazis sentenced who threatened Harry, would have already been released, highlights the concern he obviously feels."
Another said Prince Harry served the country and put his own life in line in Afghanistan. At this time, he is the one who needs protection.
Ex SAS soldier Graham Yuill agreed with Fitzwilliams. For him, the duke could be a target, especially in Scotland, where there is a lot of open space.
He also argued that British private security could protect the duke because they are not armed. Only Met police are allowed to bring firearms and that's what Prince Harry is after.
"There are former special forces soldiers and excellent former royal protection officers available in private security firms, but they can't be armed," Yuill explained to Mirror per Express. "So people can have all the training you want, they can look smart and look intimidating, but there's nothing you can do if you're not armed. If a sniper ranges in at 1,500 feet away, if they were to fire a shot, there's no way you can react."
Prince Harry Is Safe In The UK
Meanwhile, former royal protection officers Dai Davies and Ken Wharfe shared the same opinion. They both supported UK Home Office's decision to not allow Prince Harry police protection because his request is "unprecedented" and he is safe in the country. Also, according to them, if ever Prince Harry and his family are in danger, Met police will respond accordingly.Ca
"I would argue robustly against his case that he is not safe in the UK. If ever the British intelligence services did discover a threat to him and his family, they are hardly going to sit on it. It appears that Harry is creating scenarios that do not exist," Davies told Mirror.
"I am not convinced those dangers exist. Of course, if there is a credible threat, the police should without question guard against it – even if this means warning Harry he should not come to Britain," Wharfe wrote on Daily Mail.