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Prince Harry made ‘mistake’ in police protection row by ‘overplaying his hand’

Prince Harry's former bodyguard believes the Duke of Sussex has made a "mistake" during his battle with the Home Office.

Permission has been won by Harry to challenge the Government's decision to deny him police protection in Britain after stepping back from his official Royal Family duties and moving to the United States, where he now lives with his wife Meghan Markle and their two children Archie and Lilibet.

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But that legal action has been described as "unwise" by Ken Wharfe – a former police protection officer who previously worked with Harry, his mother Princess Diana and his elder brother William, reports The Express.

Mr Wharfe has argued that Harry and his family would never have been left without protection when they were in the UK.

Last week, the Duke filed a second lawsuit against the Government over its decision not to allow him to pay for police protection for himself and his family when visiting North America after he stepped down from his Royal duties in 2020.

Harry's complaint against the Home Office is over a decision to deny him the right to personally pay for specialist Scotland Yard officers with access to national intelligence to protect the Sussexes when they are in the UK.

The case follows a similar complaint against the Home Office for removing his automatic police protection, which is due to go to a judicial review in the High Court.

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Mr Wharfe told the Mirror’s Pod Save the Queen podcast: "I think it was an unwise thing to do (to take legal action against the British Government and the Metropolitan Police) because that, in essence, raises negative publicity."

Harry and Meghan now rely upon a private security team in the US but their legal representatives argue this team does not have adequate jurisdiction abroad or access to UK intelligence information which is needed to keep the Sussex family safe.

Mr Wharfe said: "I think the Government and the Metropolitan Police would have seen it would have been wrong to see this man, a global icon and celebrity in his own right, step onshore in the United Kingdom without any protection whatsoever."

He added: "So that was never the case that the Government and the police wouldn't have provided a liaison to guarantee his safety and that of his wife and children.

"My own view is that Harry rather overplayed that and that was a mistake on his part. The country does have a responsibility to make sure that he is safe.

"But I don't see the Government or the police for that matter caving in on it. I think Harry will have to work a little bit harder and understand that the Government and the police are here to help him and they will do so."

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