King Charles ‘to pay for Andrew’s security’ after saying no to Harry

King Charles is reportedly set to pay for estranged brother Prince Andrew’s private security, despite saying no to son Prince Harry.

Prince Andrew was forced to step down for royal duties in 2019 in light of his connections to convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. As a result, his taxpayer-funded security was pulled.

Meanwhile, the Duke of Sussex’s security was pulled in 2020 after he and wife Meghan Markle decided to step down as senior royals and initially relocated to Canada.

They’ve also not been granted protection when visiting the UK since their decision, sparking the dad-of-two to bring his own team from the US with him.

While the Palace hasn't granted Harry protection, King Charles is likely to pay for Andrew’s – reportedly setting him back £3 million a year, according to The Telegraph.

It’s believed Prince Andrew had written to the Home Office and Scotland Yard to complain about losing his police protection.

OK! have contacted Buckingham Palace for comment.

Sharing his thoughts on the reports, Norman Baker, former Home Office minister and Privy Council member, told The Sun: “Armed protection has always been a status symbol for the likes of Prince Andrew.

“Of course he should pay it himself and not burden the taxpayer because he is a private individual and carries out no public duties. People like David Beckham pay for their own security so why shouldn’t Prince Andrew?"

He added: “We shouldn’t pay for Andrew’s or Harry’s security or any member of the Royal Family that carries out no public duties.”

The reports about Prince Andrew’s security comes as Prince Harry is still embroiled in two legal actions against the Home Office over its decision to withdraw police protection for him and his family when they’re on British soil.

In July the 38 year old royal won a bid to review the decision after Harry’s lawyers asked Mr Justice Swift to grant permission for a full hearing to have a judge review the Home Office’s decision.

Mr Justice Swift said: “The application for permission to apply for judicial review is allowed in part and refused in part.”

Harry’s challenge concerns the February 2020 decision of the Executive Committee for the Protection of Royalty and Public Figures (Ravec) over his security, after being told he would no longer be given the “same degree” of personal protective security when visiting.

Harry’s legal team are seeking to argue that the security arrangements set out in a letter from Ravec, and their application when he visited the UK in June 2021, were invalid due to “procedural unfairness” because he was not given an opportunity to make “informed representations beforehand”.

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