Prince Harry Could Be Denied Entry To The US By Any Border Guard Who Has Read His Admission Of Drug Taking In Spare – Legal Expert Claims

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Prince Harry Could Be Denied Entry To The US By Any Border Guard Who Has Read His Admission Of Drug Taking In Spare – Legal Expert Claims

Prince Harry could be banned from entering the US by any border official who knew about his drug-taking admissions in his autobiography, legal experts have claimed.

The border officials might laugh at him about the admissions if he hadn’t indicated it on his visa application form.

It means the Duke of Sussex could be held back from returning to the US next month after his trip to London, where he is suing Mirror Group newspapers over phone hacking allegations.

The revelations come after it emerged that the US government will appear in federal court next Tuesday to answer questions about Harry’s visa application after he admitted using cocaine, cannabis and magic mushrooms.

Washington DC-based think tank The Heritage Foundation is suing the Joe Biden administration to force officials to release the duke’s immigration files.

Prince Harry is photographed after a night out at London’s Cuckoo Club in August 2006
This is part of the visa application that Prince Harry would need to complete in order to enter the United States

A CBP officer would not be able to question Harry about his past drug use if he had stated it at the time of his visa application, as a decision to issue a waiver would have already been made.

It is unknown whether Harry stated this.

“Every time he enters the US, he has to go through Customs and Border Protection (CBP),” Lahoud said.

“Anyone would get those questions and would be rejected if there is a clear record of drug use [that has not previously been declared].

‘Being a customs broker, I have the right to answer any questions I want. If he has broken any law related to drug use, that is grounds for disqualification, whether or not there is a conviction.”

Mr Lahoud added that he thought it unlikely that this would happen even if Harry had not reported his drug use because he was not a ‘normal citizen’ – agreeing with The Heritage Foundation’s claim that he was ‘a got special treatment because it’s Prince Harry.”

The think tank argues that an explanation of how Harry entered the US – despite later admissions of drug use – is in the public interest.

It also wants to know how Harry answered questions about his drug use on his application.

The case will be heard before a federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on June 6 at 2:30 p.m.

It comes after the think tank failed to make the filing public in March using freedom of information laws.

Mr Lahoud said the case could ‘go either way’ but added that he thought the privacy of immigration data would trump the public interest argument – and that the files would not be released.

He did say, however, that there is a risk that the publicity generated by the lawsuit would leave a “major mark” on Harry’s immigration file, making it more difficult for him to renew his visa.

Mr Lahoud said if it turns out that the duke failed to mention his drug use on his visa application, it “should be withdrawn”.

In ‘Spare’ and the TV interviews that followed, Prince Harry admitted to using illegal drugs

In Spare, Harry revealed that he first used cocaine on a shooting weekend at the age of 17. On other occasions, he did “a few more lines.”

He also admitted to hallucinating at a celebrity-filled event in California and smoking cannabis after his first date with Meghan.

And the Duke spoke of his “positive” experience with the psychedelic drug ayahuasca, saying it “gave me a sense of relaxation, liberation, comfort, a lightness that I could hold on to for a while.”

Harry made the comments in an interview with therapist Dr Gabor Maté, an outspoken proponent of drug decriminalization who has reportedly used Amazonian ayahuasca to treat patients with mental illness.

Harry told him, “(Cocaine) didn’t do anything for me, it was more of a social thing and definitely made me feel like I belonged, I think it probably also made me feel different than I felt, which was kind of the point.

“Marijuana is different, that really helped me.”

It’s unknown what kind of visa Harry has, but it could be a temporary non-immigrant visa called an O-1 for extraordinary ability, which would expire after five years.

Under US law, non-citizens who admit to using drugs illegally or have been convicted of drug offenses may be banned from entering the country.

If they admit this, a waiver will likely be required to gain access, but this can be a difficult and lengthy process.

This may include undergoing a medical examination, including blood and urine tests, a chest X-ray, and an interview to confirm that the applicant is off drug use.

Kaitlyn Davies from specialist immigration firm Davies Legal said it could take ‘months’ for a waiver to be granted, but it is unlikely to be tested ‘because the admission to drug use does not appear to be recent use’.

She also said Harry could get into trouble at border control.

“Formally confessing to cocaine use, without exceptional circumstances, will likely prevent Harry from ever becoming a green card holder or US citizen,” she told DailyMail.com.

“While the confessions in his book would not be ‘formal,’ an interviewing officer could make them formal by interrogating him in some way about his drug use claims.”

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