Prince Harry is at the center of another court case – this time in the US, where the government is being challenged over its decision to grant him a visa despite admitting to illegal drug use.
The Duke of Sussex’s reference to cocaine, cannabis and magic mushroom use in his memoir Spare has prompted a conservative think-tank to question why he was allowed to enter the States in 2020.
The Heritage Foundation is suing the Department for Homeland Security (DHS) for its immigration records after a Freedom of Information request was denied.
It is argued that the “widespread and continuous media coverage” raises questions about whether Harry was properly vetted by the US government.
The case depends on how he answered two questions on the application form: “Have you ever been addicted or addicted to drugs?” and “Have you ever violated or conspired to violate any controlled substance law?” and could potentially lead to his removal from the country.
It is unclear when the court will rule on whether the documents can be released.
In his controversial memoir, the Duke said cocaine “didn’t do anything for me,” adding, “Marijuana is different, that’s really helped me.”
Nile Gardiner, director of the Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom at the Heritage Foundation, wrote in The Telegraph: “In the face of their substantial admissions of drug use, which normally bar entry into the United States, the American people deserve answers to the serious questions raised by the evidence.” throw up.’ Harry gave that himself.’
He added: “Important questions remain unanswered.” Was Prince Harry 100% truthful in his answers when applying for a US visa? Have American immigration officials looked the other way, played favorites, or failed to adequately respond to any misstatements he may have made?
“While President Biden’s DHS actively disregards immigration law enforcement on America’s southern border, are prominent elites like Prince Harry getting special treatment?”
This comes after Harry became the first king to testify in court in more than a century when he was sworn in as a witness in the High Court in London in his case against Mirror Group Newspapers over alleged unlawful gathering of information.
He described how he had “experienced hostility from the press since I was born” and branded journalists the “mother ship of online trolling”.
The duke accused the tabloids of “inciting hatred and harassment” in his personal life, telling the court that he ultimately “lived up to a lot of headlines” as he was cast as the “playboy prince” and “thicko” he was at the time younger.
But MGN’s Andrew Green KC accused Harry of being “in the realm of total speculation” because he believed the information for a Mirror story had been obtained unlawfully.
The case will continue on Wednesday.
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