‘Ask nicely!’ Prince Harry told to 'borrow' Eugenie and Beatrice’s security for UK trip


Rafe Heydel-Mankoo appeared on GB News and discussed how Prince Harry is taking legal action against the Home Office after his request to pay for UK police protection was denied. Prince Harry’s representatives have revealed he is concerned over the safety of his family in the UK and wishes to have police level intelligence protecting him should he return for events, such as the Platinum Jubilee. Mr Heydel-Mankoo dismissed the suggestion, arguing Prince Harry would still likely be alerted to security threats from national security agencies and said he could even ask Princess Eugenie and Beatrice if he could use their private security temporarily.

Addressing concerns that the paparazzi may threaten Prince Harry’s safety if he returns to the UK, Mr Heydel-Mankoo did not believe they posed a huge threat to the prince and said he would still be given protection when at royal events.

He told GB News: “We live in a free country, the paparazzi are a real nuisance, they’re annoying, that can be a nightmare.

“But we live in a country with a free press and quite frankly, you know, being mobbed by paparazzi at Kew Gardens or at Kensington isn’t really sufficient grounds to say that your life is in danger, that’s a gross exaggeration.

“It’s also completely inaccurate for him to say that by not having access to the intelligence he is somehow more at risk than anybody else.

“If there were a real security risk for Prince Harry, our intelligence services would of course take action we have to remember that and they aren’t going to simply let that information not go unnoticed.

“And then, of course, you could expect Scotland Yard to take the necessary action.”

Mr Heydel-Mankoo then offered a suggestion to Prince Harry if he was worried about his security and said he should copy what his cousins do.

He added: “They hire ex-royal protection officers who are extremely skilled and have a lot of history in this area and they’ve also got security clearance in the royal palaces.

“[The only thing is] that they don’t have is a firearm, which is quite understandable.

“And if Prince Harry speaks very nicely to Beatrice and Eugenie, maybe he can borrow their protection officers when he’s in the country.

“And of course, we’re only talking about the occasions when he’s not in royal surroundings because if Harry’s over here, visiting his family, you will, of course, get the same protection that they’re getting by virtue of being on in the same area.”

Prince Harry is taking legal action against the UK Government after he was denied the chance to pay for police protection for him and his family should he visit the UK.

The Duke of Sussex’s legal representatives said he and his family have been subject to extremist threats.

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Concerns were raised following Prince Harry’s return to the UK last year for the unveiling of the Princess Diana statue in Kensington Gardens where he was reportedly chased by photographers.

A representative for Prince Harry 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.

“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex personally fund a private security team for their family, yet that security cannot replicate the necessary police protection needed whilst in the UK. In the absence of such protection, Prince Harry and his family are unable to return to his home.”

Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie lost their taxpayer-funded security team in 2011 following concerns they were racking up huge costs.

Channel 5 documentary “Beatrice and Eugenie: Pampered Princesses?” claimed Prince Andrew was “furious” at the move which was reportedly led by Prince Charles.

The princesses now pay for security privately.


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