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Britain’s Prince Harry may have received “preferential treatment” when granted his U.S. visa, according to Nile Gardiner of The Heritage Foundation.
Harry, the Duke of Sussex, publicly admitted to drug use in his recent memoir “Spare,” but it’s not known whether the royal disclosed his drug use on his visa application, an admission that can slow the application process or result in its rejection.
The Heritage Foundation Oversight Project filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the Department of Homeland Security asking for a copy of Harry’s application. The request was denied, so Heritage filed a lawsuit, arguing that it is in the public’s interest to know whether Harry lied or not on his visa application. (The Daily Signal is the news outlet of The Heritage Foundation.)
“Everyone should be treated equally before the law,” says Gardiner, who formerly served as a foreign policy researcher for then-British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and currently serves as the director of the Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom at The Heritage Foundation.
“U.S. immigration law should be applied forcefully and fairly, without any kind of favor given to individuals applying,” Gardiner said.
If the royal “lied on his application, that is a very serious offense,” he said. “That would be perjury.”
Gardiner joins “The Daily Signal Podcast” to explain the significance of the legal fight and the possible reasons why DHS has been unwilling to release Harry’s visa application.
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