Royal Expert Suspects Queen Elizabeth II Is Not 'Going To Go Up Against The Government' Over Prince Harry's Security Bid
Queen Elizabeth II is in a tough spot amid Prince Harry's security battle.
As previously reported by OK!, the Duke of Sussex is seeking an appeal after the British government refused to allow him to pay for police protection in the U.K. for him and his family.
Royal expert Kristin Contino told Us Weekly it's hard for the monarch, who is also Harry's grandmother, to not intervene. "She’s [not] going to go up against the government and say, ‘Well, you know, you need to give him security.’ Because right now, the metropolitan police [are] saying they’ve conducted a review and [concluded that] the threat is considered low to him," Kristin explained.
According to the expert, the 95-year-old is, "always going to choose [the] monarch at the end of the day."
The author explained that Harry's request is not a black and white issue. While Harry thinks he needs greater police protection in the U.K., the request is raising questions regarding precedent. "People are saying well, 'Is that setting a precedent for members of the public to pay the police for private security?' And, 'Is the metropolitan police for hirer?'" she told the publication.
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According to Kristin, while royals need some sort of protection, they do not all have the same level of security. She noted that the queen's daughter, Princess Anne, does not have full-time security.
A statement released on behalf of the royal said he "inherited a security risk at birth," given he was born into royalty. Harry and his family are also said to have received, "well-documented neo-Nazi and extremist threats," over the years.
The A House Full of Windsor author explained that while people can see both sides of the situation, it's not likely that the royals are going to "go up against the government" on Harry's behalf after he stepped back from his senior royal duties in 2020.
Harry's statement noted he and his wife, Meghan Markle, fund their own security, but their team "cannot replicate the necessary police protection needed whilst in the U.K." While Harry wants his family to be safe when visiting his homeland, "the lack of police protection, comes too great a personal risk."
The issue has raised questions about whether the Sussexes will attend the queen's Platinum Jubilee in June or Prince Philip's upcoming memorial service after the Duke of Edinburgh passed away in April.