The Duke of Sussex is unlikey to see his his US visa revoked over his admission of past drug use as he is “somebody important” and therefore probably struck a “special deal”, a royal expert claims. It comes after critics are calling for his visa application documents to be made public over concerns he lied on the forms.
A top lawyer has warned Harry that there is “no exception for royalty” when it comes to an admission of drug use, which is usually grounds for inadmissibility of a US visa.
However, royal photographer Arthur Edwards disagrees with this assessment, suggesting that Harry won’t need to worry unless a state department official says it is a problem.
He explained: “I think the fact a lawyer said it, is all you need to know. I think when someone in the state department says it, you’ve got to worry.
“I think Harry’s going to be safe here. It’s not going to be a problem.”
He said this is because Harry is “somebody important”.
Edwards added: “He’ll have had a special deal done, I’m sure. After all, he was a prince of the realm here. He’s somebody important here and he would be treated like that.”
He reiterated: “And a lawyer said it, that’s a lawyer talking. But it’s when it’s someone from the state department says it, that’s when you need to worry.”
The Duke’s past drug use came under the spotlight after right-wing Heritage Foundation launched a campaign to pressure authorities into releasing details of Harry’s original visa application.
Harry is taking heat as a result of the campaign, with royal editor Robert Jobson, telling TalkTV: “If he’s lied on the forms, that will be a very serious problem for him.
“We know he’s the husband of an American citizen and that’s fine but he’s gone public saying he’s taken all this stuff..”
Royal commentator Emily Andrews cut in: “And he said he’s done it in America as well – at Courtney Cox’s house. And smoking cannabis while he was at Tyler Perry’s house.”
Mr Jobson replied: “It’s not great. You know, there’s not been an awful lot of thought gone into this but the fact is, if that form has been signed and he’s lied, he has got a problem.”
There has so far been no public comment made by American officials over whether the Duke’s visa could be revoked.
Speaking to renowned therapist Dr Gabor Maté earlier this month, Harry said he started taking drugs “recreationally” to handle his traumas and “pains of the past.”
The Duke said: “It was the cleaning of the windscreen, the removal of life’s filters — these layers of filters — it removed it all for me and brought me a sense of relaxation, relief, comfort, a lightness that I managed to hold back for a period of time.”
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