U.S. Government Denies Request to Disclose Prince Harry's visa Records Amid Drug Use Questions

The U.S. government denies disclosing Prince Harry's visa records, sparking a legal battle over transparency and fairness in the immigration system. The case raises questions about Harry's past drug use and potential special treatment.

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U.S. Government Denies Request to Disclose Prince Harry's visa  Records Amid Drug Use Questions

U.S. Government Denies Request to Disclose Prince Harry's visa Records Amid Drug Use Questions

The U.S. government has denied a request to disclose Prince Harry's visa records amid questions about his past drug use. The Heritage Foundation, a Washington D.C.-based think tank, is suing the Biden administration's Department of Homeland Security under the Freedom of Information Act to access the royal's immigration papers.

The Heritage Foundation argues that recent comments by U.S. Ambassador to the U.K. Jane Hartley, who said Harry would not be deported from the U.S. while Biden is president, undermine the administration's position that the documents should be kept secret. However, government lawyers have rejected this argument, stating that Hartley's comments were simply a reaction to former President Donald Trump's suggestion that he might deport Harry if elected again.

The government maintains that Hartley did not reveal any non-public information about Harry's immigration status, and that her comments are consistent with the administration's support that Harry's admission and residence in the U.S. suggests no government impropriety. The Heritage Foundation wants the records released to see if Harry disclosed his past drug use on his visa application and if he received any special treatment.

Why this matters: The case raises questions about transparency and fairness in the U.S. immigration system. It also highlights the ongoing public interest in Prince Harry's life and actions, even after stepping back from his royal duties.

In his memoir 'Spare,' Prince Harry admitted to using illegal drugs, which could potentially disqualify him from immigrating to the U.S. under normal circumstances. Former President Trump has stated that if Harry lied on his immigration application, it would be a criminal offense and he could face deportation. The U.S. government has consistently maintained that nothing untoward took place with Harry's visa application and that his documents do not need to be made public.

The legal battle over Prince Harry's visa records continues, with the U.S. government recently handing over the prince's immigration papers to a judge despite his opposition. The Biden administration stands by its decision to grant Harry a visa, arguing that his memoir is not proof of any wrongdoing. As the case unfolds, it remains to be seen whether the public will gain insight into the details of Prince Harry's immigration process and any potential discrepancies in his application.

Key Takeaways

  • U.S. denies request to disclose Prince Harry's visa records.
  • Heritage Foundation sues Biden admin to access Harry's immigration papers.
  • Gov't argues Hartley's comments don't reveal non-public info on Harry's status.
  • Case raises questions about transparency in U.S. immigration system.
  • U.S. hands over Harry's immigration papers to judge despite his opposition.