JUST IN: Prince Harry LOSES High Court security battle against UK Home Office

In a big setback for the Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry has lost his security battle with the Home Office.

The Duke of Sussex, 38, was seeking the go-ahead from the High Court to secure a judicial review over a decision that he should not be allowed to pay for his own protective security.

The estranged Duke had sought to keep the Royal and Specialist Protection Command (RASP) armed squad that had safeguarded him before the bitter fall-out with his family when he was in Britain.

When he was told he no longer qualified for its protection after moving to America with wife Meghan Markle, his offer to pay for it was declined.

He chose to fight that judgement in court because he believed he should have been able to pay for the protection in the same way that football clubs pay for officers to keep order at games.

In a ruling on Tuesday, Mr Justice Chamberlain refused Harry permission to bring the challenge, rejecting on a number of grounds.

Therefore, Harry will no longer be able to launch a second High Court appeal against the Home Office.

The royal is pursuing several distinct civil cases in London courts.

More updates to follow.

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