The US government will make an appearance in a federal court next Tuesday for a unique line of questioning regarding Prince Harry’s visa application after he admitted using illegal drugs.
The Heritage Foundation, a Washington DC-based conservative think-tank, is suing Joe Biden’s administration to compel officials to release the Duke of Sussex’s immigration files.
The organization wants to learn how the prince managed to get into the US, after he confessed his experience using cocaine, mushrooms, and cannabis.
“Widespread and continuous media coverage has surfaced the question of whether DHS properly admitted the Duke of Sussex in light of the fact that he has publicly admitted to the essential elements of a number of drug offenses in both the United States and abroad,” the complaint from the Heritage Foundation said. “United States law generally renders such a person inadmissible for entry into the United States. Intense media coverage has also surfaced the question of whether DHS may have improperly granted the Duke of Sussex a waiver to enter the country on a non-immigrant visa given his history of admissions to the essential elements of drug offenses.”
The federal government, in its response to the lawsuit, suggested the plaintiffs have not demonstrated irreparable harm in seeking a mandatory injunction. U.S. Customs and Border Protection initially denied the plaintiffs’ request for records.
This whole episode could be dicey for Harry, as an admission of drug use can get a visa application rejected. In essence, this is a thinly-veiled deportation threat. He and his wife, Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, moved to Montecito, California, in 2020.