Prince Harry makes major change to official documents as he cuts ties with the UK

Prince HARRY, Duke of Sussex, leaves the Rolls Building at the High Court in London where he testified against Mirror Group Newspapers in the phone hacking case.
Prince Harry has made a huge change in official documents which indicates he won't be returning home to the UK anytime soon -Credit:Thomas Krych/ZUMA Press Wire

Prince Harry seems to have signalled a firm step away from the UK, hinting at no imminent plans for a return, following a significant alteration in official paperwork.

The Duke of Sussex, who relocated to the United States with his wife Meghan Markle and their children, Archie and Lilibet, four years ago, has recently made a telling change.

After being forced to relinquish Frogmore Cottage last year, the couple are now homeless in Britain.

Recent revelations show that Harry has updated his country of residence from the UK to the US on formal documents filed in Britain.

The adjustment pertains to his eco-friendly travel initiative Travalyst, which he launched when still based in the UK, the Mirror reports.

Britain's Prince Harry, right, and wife Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, arrive for the 2024 Royal Salute Polo Challenge to Benefit Sentebale, Friday, April 12, 2024, in Wellington, Fla.
Harry and Meghan relocated to the US four years ago -Credit:AP

A recent submission to Companies House indicates that Harry's "new country/state usually resident" is now listed as the United States, with the amendment dated retroactively to June 29, 2023, around the time Frogmore Cottage was returned to King Charles, who had requested its vacation last March.

A spokesperson for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at the time confirmed: "We can confirm the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been requested to vacate their residence at Frogmore Cottage."

Despite his relocation, Harry has made brief returns to the UK and is anticipated to come back next month to celebrate a decade of the Invictus Games with a commemorative service at St Paul's Cathedral.

Yet, in a recent development, Harry's initial attempt to appeal was denied following his defeat in a High Court case concerning a change to his personal security arrangements when he's in the UK.

The Duke of Sussex initiated legal proceedings against the Home Office after a decision by the Executive Committee for the Protection of Royalty and Public Figures (Ravec) in February 2020 to alter the level of state-funded security he would receive during visits to the UK.

A general view of the exterior of Frogmore Cottage as people lay floral tributes to Prince Philip, Duke Of Edinburgh who died at age 99, nearby on April 10, 2021 in Windsor, United Kingdom.
Harry and Meghan were forced to give up Frogmore Cottage last year, making them homeless in the UK -Credit:Getty Images

This decision was based on the duke's altered "status" after stepping down as a "full-time working member of the royal family " according to information presented to a judge.

In January 2022, Harry's legal team argued: "The U.K. will always be Prince Harry's home and a country he wants his wife and children to be safe in.

"With the lack of police protection, comes too great a personal risk. Prince Harry hopes that his petition-after close to two years of pleas for security in the U.K.-will resolve this situation."

Prince Harry has candidly expressed his sense of belonging in the United States, telling NBC, "Home for me, now, for the time being, is in the States.

"And it really feels that way, as well. We've been welcomed with open arms and have got such a great community up in Santa Barbara."

Despite this sentiment, he faced a setback on Monday when a judicial spokesperson announced that Harry's initial attempt to appeal against a legal decision was unsuccessful.

Nevertheless, he retains the option to directly approach the Court of Appeal to seek permission for an appeal.

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Harry doesn't feel safe bringing his family to the UK due to their lack of police protection -Credit:Alexi Lubomirski

In a separate engagement, Prince Harry made an unexpected appearance at Travalyst's annual general meeting earlier today, where he challenged the travel industry to increase its support for local communities.

Speaking via video link from his Montecito residence, Harry emphasised the importance of these communities to the tourism sector: "Travel and tourism rely on destinations, held together by communities, without which we have nowhere to travel to.

"Communities are the beating heart of travel, and we must do better by the people who are the custodians of the places we visit."

The Travalyst initiative, a sustainable travel project founded by Prince Harry in 2019 when he and his wife Meghan Markle were performing their royal duties, recently reiterated that the Duke of Sussex is instrumental to the organisation's future.

This reinforcement was needed as his name had been absent from a significant announcement regarding its restructure.

The London-based non-profit aims to foster eco-friendly tourism practices through partnerships with leading travel brands like TripAdvisor and Skyscanner.

Prince Harry co-founded travel organisation Travalyst
The duke co-founded Travalyst in 2019 with Meghan -Credit:Getty Images

Despite criticism over his use of private jets, the Prince served as the face of the venture.

Yet the Prince's role seemed minimised last May, as Travalyst announced a new-era "pilot phase" transitioning to an expert panel of five, failing to mention the founder's involvement.

Similarly, the subsequent press releases only referenced Prince Harry in the 'about us' summary at the end, contrasting greatly to previous releases where his input was headlined.

However, word is spreading that the Prince's missing reference to the revamped panel does not denote any change in dedication.

Giving weight to this, Travalyst CEO Sally Davey confirmed: " Prince Harry is the founder of Travalyst and remains an invaluable part of this organisation. His role has not changed in any way, and he is regularly involved in strategic discussions and decisions alongside our partners and board."

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