Prince Harry's answers to US visa questions about his drug use is 'personal, private information' and should be kept secret, say lawyers

Tuesday 14 November 2023

Prince Harry's visa application answers to questions about his drug use are private and should not be disclosed, according to lawyers.

The US Department of Homeland Security has argued the answers are "private, personal information".

Harry’s admission to taking cocaine, marijuana and psychedelic mushrooms in his memoir Spare prompted a Washington DC think tank to question why he was allowed into the US in 2020.

After the Heritage Foundation's Freedom of Information request was rejected, it took legal action against the Department for Homeland Security (DHS) arguing the information was of “immense public interest."

The lawsuit also argues US law "generally renders such a person inadmissible for entry" to the country.

In response to the think tank’s submissions that Harry’s US visa application should be released, lawyers on behalf of the DHS said the Heritage Foundation had not demonstrated "possible government misconduct or any other public interest that would overcome Prince Harry’s privacy interest in these records.”

The DHS also said that despite the duke being a "public official" in the UK, he is "not a public official in the United States."

Prince Harry referenced taking cocaine, marijuana and psychedelic mushrooms in his memoir Spare

Their submissions to the court said DHS had “provided the maximum amount of information that it can provide regarding the records it possesses” without revealing Harry’s immigration status.

In his controversial memoir, the duke said cocaine “didn’t do anything for me”, adding: “Marijuana is different, that actually really did help me.”

The Heritage Foundation’s lawsuit argues that US law “generally renders such a person inadmissible for entry” to the country.

In the DHS’s response to the legal claim, they said: “Much like health, financial, or employment information, a person’s immigration information is private personal information."

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