Prince Harry in 'tight corner' as royal expert says 'only three conclusions' to visa row

Harry has been caught up in a US visa row -Credit:Getty Images
Harry has been caught up in a US visa row -Credit:Getty Images

Prince Harry is in a "tricky situation" as a result of his US visa application, according to royal commentator Jennie Bond. She believes there are "only three possible conclusions" to the controversy.

Harry's potential US visa case could result in an "embarrassing outcome" for the Duke of Sussex, who "does seem to have boxed himself into a tight corner", Jennie believes.

The Heritage Foundation, an American conservative think tank, initiated legal proceedings after alleging that the duke either misrepresented his past drug use on his visa application or was favoured by the US government.

Applicants for a US visa are required to disclose any history of drug use. Harry admitted to using substances, including cocaine, in his memoir Spare, published in 2023, three years after he was granted his US residency visa, reports the Mirror.

Jennie, who spent 14 years as the BBC's Royal correspondent, told OK! that Harry has found himself in a "tight corner", having either "lied or received preferential treatment" from the US authorities.

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Jennie remarked: "This is a sticky situation for Harry to find himself in. There seem to be only three possible conclusions: he lied in his visa application, he lied in his book, or he has been made a special case by the American authorities. All of these signal an embarrassing outcome for Harry. I suspect a way will be found to preserve his reputation and his visa, but he does seem to have boxed himself into a tight corner. Given the prevalence of drugs, I don't imagine for a moment that Harry's application is unusual, (assuming he denied drugs)."

Despite any potential issues with his application, Jennie remains optimistic that the US officials might overlook it due to Prince Harry's newfound "love and happiness" with Meghan Markle in California. She continued: "I hope they don't succeed in making an example of him just because of who he is. He has found love and happiness and freedom in the States. I hope he can continue to enjoy it."

Despite the Heritage Foundation's lawsuit seeking to uncover any dishonesty in Prince Harry's application, the Department of Homeland Security is refusing to disclose these documents citing privacy concerns. The campaigners are undeterred, persisting with their demands even as US Ambassador Jane Hartley reassures that the Duke of Sussex will not be deported under President Joe Biden's administration.

This follows former President Donald Trump's assertion that he would deport Harry, like anyone else, if found to have lied on their visa application.

Prince Harry's representatives have been contacted for comment.

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