Prince Harry is stuck between a rock and a hard place. Though it was reported that the father-of-two wants to visit his family this summer, his requests over hiring private security have been denied by the U.K. government. The situation has made him hesitant to return home again as he fears for his family's safety, but at the same time, snubbing the royals during the special time could divide them even further.
"The next few months will be the ultimate test for Harry, the ultimate dilemma," author Tom Bower told Closer. "He insists he adores his grandmother, so will he come back to support her at Prince Philip’s memorial service, and will he come back to support her and celebrate her reign in the Platinum Jubilee? These are milestone moments and, sadly, time is running out."
"If he doesn’t come back, it’s a clear statement of where lies his loyalty and his own interest. He’s had many opportunities to return home and spend time with his family – and hasn’t – but this really will show where his and Meghan’s mindsets are," he continued. "And if they don’t come back soon, and [daughter] Lilibet doesn’t meet the Queen and Harry doesn’t celebrate her life and reign with her, it could be something he comes to regret forever."
In January, a spokesperson released a statement detailing Harry's concerns over visiting England, as the last time he visited by himself, he was met with chaos.
"The Duke and Duchess of Sussex personally fund a private security team for their family, yet that security cannot replicate the necessary police protection needed whilst in the U.K. In the absence of such protection, Prince Harry and his family are unable to return to his home," the statement read. "The Duke first offered to pay personally for U.K. police protection for himself and his family in January of 2020 at Sandringham. That offer was dismissed. He remains willing to cover the cost of security, as not to impose on the British taxpayer. As is widely known, others who have left public office and have an inherent threat risk receive police protection at no cost to them."