This follows reports that keeping Andrew safe is costing taxpayers £400,000 a year. Dr Shola tweeted: ‘Disgraced Prince Andrew receiving tax funded security as Prince Harry fights to have good security for his family in the UK is cruel and unwarranted.’ She added that it was ‘unacceptable’ that the Duke of York, who has been stripped of his military titles and royal patronages, continues to enjoy the protection of Scotland Yard.
Prince Harry has been embroiled in a row with the Home Office over a decision to strip him of security while in the UK.
Royal expert Omid Scobie said the Royal and VIP Executive Committee (RAVEC), which includes senior members of the Royal Household and former government officials, ‘does not appear to have clear guidelines’ on who can benefit from security in the company. .
He added: “Had they done so, the sensitivities around Prince Andrew and his security arrangements would certainly have come under intense scrutiny.
“Although stripped of all royal patronage and military affiliations after his close friendship with a pedophile billionaire was shamed and millions were paid to rape accuser Virginia Giuffre, protecting Andrew’s Scotland Yard remains an annual cost and undisputed amount of around $500,000 to the UK taxpayer.”
Prince Andrew has vehemently denied the charges leveled against him by accuser Virginia Guiffre.
Earlier this year the Home Office ruled Prince Harry and his family could not get police protection in the UK, despite Harry saying he would pay for it himself.
More recently, the Duke won a bid to take legal action against the Home Office after arguing the Royal Household should not have been involved in the decision.
It was revealed that the Queen’s chief aide was part of the decision-making committee.
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“If the Home Office and the police have considered the risk and judged that it does not warrant 24-hour security, then that is appropriate.
“Seeing him again because of pressure from the Queen is unacceptable.”