Prince Harry succeeds in getting part of his Judicial Review made ‘private’

About a month ago, Prince Harry’s lawyers were in the British High Court as part of his Judicial Review hearings regarding security. As we know, Harry has sought a Judicial Review to ensure that he, his wife and his children will receive high-level royal protection if and when they visit the UK. The review is also about whether Harry can reimburse the police for this protection. The police and Home Office’s argument is extremely stupid, and it boils down to “Harry is arrogant because he thinks he needs security, and security follows rank not threat.” Which is idiotic. At a hearing in February, Harry’s lawyers exposed the secretive Ravec sub-bureaucracy which determines which people get police protection, and no one wants Ravec’s inner-workings further exposed. And yet the palace and the police keep leaking all of this horribly libelous sh-t about Harry too. All of which to say, Harry requested that parts of the Judicial Review be made private, and the judge granted that today.

Parts of Prince Harry’s court case against the Home Office over his police protection in the UK will be kept private, the High Court has ruled. Prince Harry is challenging the government’s decision to refuse police security during his visits from the US. The duke has said he currently “does not feel safe” when visiting and has offered to pay for police protection.

Government lawyers said his offer was “irrelevant” to how officials took decisions over Royal Family security.

Following preliminary hearings in the case last month, Mr Justice Swift ruled on Thursday that parts of court documents in the case should be kept confidential. Both the duke and the Home Office had made the application for some parts of the court documents to be kept private.

Thursday’s ruling only covers the redaction of documents and does not decide the duke’s claim against the Home Office or whether it can go ahead.

Prince Harry argues that his private protection team in the US does not have adequate jurisdiction abroad or access to UK intelligence information which is needed to keep his family safe. Robert Palmer QC, for the Home Office, previously told the court the duke’s offer of private funding was “irrelevant” and that “personal protective security by the police is not available on a privately financed basis”.

Speaking on Thursday, Mr Justice Swift said some of the information relied on in the case involved the security arrangements for Prince Harry and other public figures in the UK.

“For obvious reasons information on such matters usually remains confidential,” he said.

[From BBC]

Harry’s motive for wanting parts of this case made private is because – duh – there are significant security threats against him and this is all very sensitive information. People don’t go around, talking about their security personnel’s movements in open court. The reason why the police and Home Office want the case to stay private is that they’re trying to avoid their own exposure and liability. They’re going on record saying that Harry and Meghan don’t need security, how dare they even ask. The Home Office also doesn’t want the members of Ravec exposed in open court. That’s the big question though, who was it in Ravec who determined that the Sussexes should have their security permanently yanked?

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  1. equality says:

    I wonder if this is partly because it will reveal who in the RF is on the board deciding he doesn’t get security.

    • Dropbear says:

      That’s what I think so too. It’d reveal who on Ravec that’s calling the shots or who within the BRF is pulling Raven’s strings,

      • Popsicle W says:

        I am the opposite side on this one. My guess is that the government with a certain member of the RF is holding this up. I think we all downplay the government’s hand in this scheme to rid the country of Harry and Meghan. Remember- it wasn’t just her background they could not accept. It was mostly her politics.

    • Pentellit says:

      Ding! Ding! Ding!

  2. Julia K says:

    It is a real security concern that if the nature of the threats were made public, it could give a copy cat type person some ideas about how to get to them, knowing his own security was unarmed. He is trying to tell them how vulnerable they are without going into specific detail. They just don’t get it.

    • Saucy&Sassy says:

      Julia K, I think they do get it. They just don’t care. They thought they could control Harry this way by not allowing him proper security when he wanted to leave the palace grounds to visit his charities, family and friends. The same is true of Meghan and the children. What these dimwits didn’t factor in was Harry’s ability to ask for a judicial review of the decision. I believe the judge is going to get an eye full when it comes to the risk to the Sussex family. The Home Office should have a much better argument then what we’ve heard about. I think their reasoning is idiotic, but no one asked my opinion. What I find completely ludicrous is that it must have never occurred to them that Harry would seek judicial review of their decision. Idiots.

      Making information regarding the risks, etc., confidential was always going to happen. I want to know if the members of Ravec will be confidential. I don’t see why it would be, but what do I know.

    • Elizabeth Phillips says:

      Don’t know how much inspiration the copy cats need – when Meghan was pregnant, there were people going online to say they were going to stab her in the stomach on a walkabout to prove she wasn’t actually pregnant. That was up for weeks before it was taken down.