Harry and Meghan to visit UK in September despite ongoing row over police protection
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will travel to Manchester for the first time since the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will travel to Manchester for the first time since the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations for the One Young World Summit, an event that convenes young leaders from more than 190 countries, on September 5. The couple will then head to Germany for the Invictus Games Dusseldorf 2023 One Year to Go event, before traveling back to the UK for the WellChild Awards on September 8. It's worth noting that Meghan is a counselor for the One Young World Summit, alongside Justin Trudeau, Sir Richard Branson, and Jamie Oliver among other famous figures.
Harry and Meghan last visited the country in early June for the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. However, it is not known if their kids Archie or Lillibet will join them for the trip. This comes after reports in July that Queen Elizabeth II invited the family to spend time with them at Balmoral this summer. However, it's unclear whether the Sussexes will visit the 96-year-old monarch during their upcoming trip. "Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are delighted to visit with several charities close to their hearts in early September," a spokesman for the couple said.
The announcement came just weeks after it emerged that the Duke of Sussex had filed a second lawsuit against the UK government and Scotland Yard over their decision to not allow him to pay for police protection whenever he visits the country. Harry is already suing the Home Office over its 2020 decision to remove his taxpayer-funded protection, which he claims has made it unsafe for him to visit Britain with his wife and two kids.
That said, the couple may not be able to meet the Queen in London or Windsor if there are conflicts with her schedule next month. Meanwhile, a bombshell memoir that is set to be released later this year has also threatened to overshadow personal meetings between the Sussexes and senior royals. Harry and Meghan's scheduled visit to Manchester on September 5 is on the same day the Conservative Party is slated to announce the next Prime Minister. According to tradition, the Queen meets the newly elected leader soon afterwards.
Harry's latest lawsuit against the Home Office is understood to still be at an early phase, considering no hearings have been scheduled as yet. The case will focus on a January decision by the Royalty and VIP Executive Committee (RAVEC) that private individuals should not be allowed to pay for police protection. Nonetheless, a second court case is bound to raise tensions between the Sussexes and the Royal Family amid claims that the Queen's Private Secretary, Sir Edward Young, was involved in the decision to deny them protection.
According to the prince's legal team, there have been "significant tensions" between the Duke of Sussex and Sir Edward. Harry took legal recourse against the department after being told he would no longer enjoy the "same degree" of personal protective security while visiting from the US. His representatives had previously expressed his desire to bring his family to visit the UK, but that they were "unable to return to his home" because it was too dangerous, the Daily Mail reported.