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Prince Harry is embroiled in an ongoing security row with the Home Office and the Metropolitan Police. When he and his wife Meghan Markle stepped down as senior royals, they lost their taxpayer-funded police protection security. The Duke of Sussex offered to pay for the Met’s services but his request was turned down.

Harry challenged the decision and in July it was agreed that the case would go to court.

The prince has previously said he did not feel safe bringing his family to the UK without police protection.

In January, when news of Harry’s safety issues emerged, the Prince’s legal spokesperson issued a statement explaining the situation, saying: “The UK will always be Prince Harry’s home and a country in which he wants his wife and children to be safe.…

“With the lack of police protection comes too great a personal risk.

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Harry has previously opened up about the impact of his mother’s death. (Image: Getty Images)

Harry was only 12 when his mother died. (Image: Getty Images)

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“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are personally funding a private security team for their family, but this security cannot replicate the police protection needed in the UK.

“Without such protection, Prince Harry and his family cannot return home.”

When Harry and Meghan returned for the Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June, they enjoyed top-notch police security.

Now a longtime reporter has claimed the prince is using the “security card as emotional blackmail” because of what happened to his mother in the summer of 1997.

Mike Parry, the reporter who confirmed the news of Diana the shocking death of the Princess of Wales to the world, spoke to’s Kinsey Schofield about the 25th anniversary of the Princess’s death, discussing the number of staff security guards who would accompany the royal on trips abroad.

As the most famous woman in the world, Diana was often surrounded by security. (Image: Getty Images)

Speaking on an episode of her podcast this week, Ms Schofield asked the broadcaster if he thought the heavy security presence had an impact on Harry’s desire for increased security during his UK visit.

Mr Parry said: ‘I think Harry had to deal with mental illness all his life, from the moment he was photographed walking behind his mother’s coffin – what kind of effect would that have on a little boy, as he was then?

“And I’m sure that mental turmoil plagued him all his life, but remember, William was there too.

“William seems to have coped better by becoming a grown man with responsibilities and having to put the past behind him, live in the present and look to the future, which Harry struggled to do.”

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

Meghan and Harry stepped down from their roles in the Royal Family in 2020. (Image: Getty Images)

“I have to say that I think Harry sometimes uses the security card as a manipulative pawn on the chessboard.

“I think there’s a bit of emotional blackmail because of what happened to his mother.

“There are still many people in this earth who believe that Diana, Princess of Wales was hunted to death by the paparazzi and it was the pressure of her fame that led to her ultimate death.”

Harry previously pointed the blame at the paparazzi who followed Diana’s car through the Alma tunnel in Paris on the night of the tragic car accident.

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Timeline of Meghan and Harry's relationship.

Timeline of Meghan and Harry’s relationship. (Image:

Speaking in the BBC documentary ‘Diana, 7 Days’, the Duke alleged that photographers chasing the car took photos of his mother as she lay dying.

He said: ‘One of the hardest things to accept is that the people who chased her down the tunnel were the same people who were taking pictures of her while she was still dying on the back seat of the car.

“And William and I know that, we’ve been told that many times by people who knew that was the case.

“She had had a fairly serious head injury, but she was alive and well in the back seat.

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Meghan and Harry now live in Montecito, California. (Image:

“And those people who caused the accident instead of helping her were taking pictures of her dying in the back seat.

“And then those photographs came back to the press offices of this country.”

More recently, Harry revealed he fears “history will repeat itself” when it comes to the media’s treatment of Meghan.

In his AppleTV+ docuseries “The Me You Can’t See,” which he co-created with Oprah Winfrey, Harry opened up about the similarities between his childhood with his mother and his relationship with Meghan.

He said: “We are being followed. Photographed, chased, harassed. The clicking of the cameras and the flashes of the cameras make my blood boil. It makes me angry and brings me back to what happened to my mother and what I went through as a child.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

Meghan and Harry started dating in 2016. (Image: Getty Images)

“Not just traditional media, but also social media platforms. I felt completely helpless.

When he noticed how “history was repeating itself”, Harry said he was determined not to let another woman in his life be abused.

He said, “Do I have any regrets? Yeah. My biggest regret is that I didn’t take a stand earlier in my relationship with my wife and speak out against racism when I did.

“History was repeating itself. My mom was chased to death while in a relationship with someone who wasn’t white and now look what happened.

Diana was traveling with her partner Dodi Al-Fayed at the time of her death.

Henri Paul drives a car

Henri Paul (R) was behind the wheel the night of the accident. (Image: Getty Images)

The couple were in Paris when they were involved in the tragic car crash. Diana, Dodi and their driver Henri Paul all died from injuries sustained in the crash, while Princess Trevor Rees-Jones’ bodyguard survived.

Henri Paul, under the influence of alcohol and medication, lost control of the black Mercedes at high speed and subsequently crashed into a pillar in the Alma tunnel.

Two police investigations – one in 1999 and the other in 2008 – concluded the crash was an accident, with blame placed on the driver.

The initial French inquiry found that Mr Paul was solely responsible for the accident, while the UK inquiry nine years later concluded that the collision was the result of negligent driving by Mr Paul and the vehicles of the paparazzi chasing him.

There was no evidence to suggest the paparazzi were pursuing the princess with the intent to kill her.

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