Prince Harry's 'significant tensions' with person close to the Queen flagged during ongoing court battle

Prince Harry's 'significant tensions' with Queen's aide were discussed in court as court battle over his family's security continues

THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS - APRIL 22: Prince Harry Duke of Sussex visits the finals of wheelchair basketball during the Invictus Games at Zuiderpark on April 22, 2022 in The Hague, Netherlands.
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Prince Harry's 'significant tensions' with Queen's private secretary were referenced during his ongoing court battle regarding his family's security when in the UK.


Prince Harry's 'significant tensions' with the Queen's private secretary Sir Edward Young have been revealed in court. This comes only months after Prince Harry discussed his devotion to the Queen and his need to know she's 'protected and got the right people around her' in a TV interview.

The information came to light as Prince Harry begins his battle with the Home Office over UK security measures, which were downgraded after he and Meghan Markle stepped back from royal duties in 2020.

As Prince Harry fears he's 'not safe,' due to inherited risk, he firmly believes that bringing his family to the UK is far too dangerous. A statement from his lawyers previously said, "The UK will always be Prince Harry's home and a country he wants his wife and children to be safe in. With the lack of police protection, comes too great a personal risk."

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 03: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral on June 03, 2022 in London, England. The Platinum Jubilee of Elizabeth II is being celebrated from June 2 to June 5, 2022, in the UK and Commonwealth to mark the 70th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II on 6 February 1952. on June 03, 2022 in London, England. The Platinum Jubilee of Elizabeth II is being celebrated from June 2 to June 5, 2022, in the UK and Commonwealth to mark the 70th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II on 6 February 1952.

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BBC News (opens in new tab) reports that the Prince's lawyer, Shaeed Fatima QC said that the decision was 'materially prejudiced.' This is because he wasn't made aware that the decision, made by the Executive Committee for the Protection of Royalty and Public Figures, or Ravec as it's also known, was blighted by 'procedural unfairness.'

"He didn't know at that stage that the Royal Household was involved at all," explained the QC, who also revealed that he hadn't known that the Queen's private secretary, Sir Edward Young, was involved in the decision.

Challenging the decision in the High Court, Prince Harry's lawyer said he had not been aware Sir Edward Young, the Queen's private secretary with whom he hs 'significant tensions', played a role.

The Duke, who has always said he's willing to pay for any security, previously heard from the lawyer representing the Home Office, Robert Palmer QC, that his willingness to pay was 'irrelevant.'

As it stands, there's also another legal battle going on surrounding this case as Prince Harry cited ‘substantial hurt, embarrassment and distress’ in a libel claim made against the Mail on Sunday. The tabloid reported that the Prince had attempted to keep his legal battle over police protection a secret from the public, which he strenuously denies.

Aoife Hanna
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