Prince Harry is “desperate” to get back to the UK this year, according to former royal protection officer Ken Wharfe. Mr Wharfe, who used to guard the late Diana, Princess of Wales and Princes William and Harry as children, told Palace Confidential on MailPlus that the Duke of Sussex “is going to make a real effort to come back here”.
Daily Mail Diary Editor Richard Eden followed this up by suggesting Harry is still keen to have his seven-month-old daughter Lilibet receive a royal christening. A legal representative for the Duke said he wants to bring Lilibet and two-year-old son Archie to visit from the US but they are “unable to return to his home” because it is “too dangerous”.
This comes amid Harry’s legal dispute with the UK Government over a decision not to let him pay for police protection for his family when he is visiting. Harry’s legal representatives said he has filed a claim for judicial review because he wants to fund the security himself, rather than ask taxpayers to foot the bill.
Mr Eden remarked on the security row, saying: “What was very interesting is that the legal letter talked about his children.” He continued: “He was worried that there wouldn’t be protection for his children, which makes me think he might come back on his own, because he may not be given the protection he needs for his children.
“For Prince Philip’s memorial, he may come on his own. He did that when it was the unveiling of Princess Diana’s statue. “Baby Lilibet is seven months old now and she hasn’t been christened yet.
“Royal babies would normally be christened within three months but from what I’ve heard, Harry has made it clear he wants a royal christening for her, the same as Archie had, and so when is that going to happen?”
Mr Wharfe added: “The fact he has gone down this legal route to try and secure protection suggests to me that he is desperate and there is a real reason for him to come to the UK.
“He has two children that the Queen hasn’t effectively seen yet. “The very fact he has made this noise with the British Government to secure protection suggests to me that he is going to make a real effort to come back here. “I think we will see him return this year, for the Platinum Jubilee.”