Prince Harry is “desperate” to get back to the UK this year, according to former royal protection officer Ken Wharfe. Mr Wharfe, who used to guard the late Diana, Princess of Wales and Princes William and Harry as children, told Palace Confidential on MailPlus that the Duke of Sussex “is going to make a real effort to come back here”. Daily Mail Diary Editor Richard Eden followed this up by suggesting Harry is still keen to have his seven-month-old daughter Lilibet receive a royal christening.
A legal representative for the Duke said he wants to bring Lilibet and two-year-old son Archie to visit from the US but they are “unable to return to his home” because it is “too dangerous”.
This comes amid Harry’s legal dispute with the UK Government over a decision not to let him pay for police protection for his family when he is visiting.
Harry’s legal representatives said he has filed a claim for judicial review because he wants to fund the security himself, rather than ask taxpayers to foot the bill.
Mr Eden remarked on the security row, saying: “What was very interesting is that the legal letter talked about his children.”
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He continued: “He was worried that there wouldn’t be protection for his children, which makes me think he might come back on his own, because he may not be given the protection he needs for his children.
“For Prince Philip’s memorial, he may come on his own. He did that when it was the unveiling of Princess Diana’s statue.
“Baby Lilibet is seven months old now and she hasn’t been christened yet.
“Royal babies would normally be christened within three months but from what I’ve heard, Harry has made it clear he wants a royal christening for her, the same as Archie had, and so when is that going to happen?”
Back in July, it first emerged that Harry and Meghan wanted Lilibet to be christened at Windsor in front of the Queen.
At the time, a royal source told the Mail: “Harry told people that they want to have Lili christened at Windsor, just like her brother. They are happy to wait until circumstances allow.”
Lilibet’s brother, Archie, was christened at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, in 2019.
Over this past Christmas, Harry and Meghan released their first-ever official photograph featuring Lilibet on their holiday card.
Regarding their security provisions, a statement from the legal representative for the Duke read: “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 while in the UK.
“In the absence of such protection, Prince Harry and his family are unable to return to his home.
“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.
“While his role within the Institution has changed, his profile as a member of the Royal Family has not. Nor has the threat to him and his family.”