Prince Harry’s past drug use revelations won’t affect U.S. visa, but he ‘should always be careful’: experts

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Prince Harry is facing increasing pressure to make his visa application public after admitting to drug use in the past In his explosive memoir “Spare”.

The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank based in Washington, D.C., is urging the release of the Duke of Sussex’s visa application. The aim is to establish whether the 38-year-old has declared his drug use previously, the British Daily Mail recently reported.

A father of two, who lives in California, made a surprise appearance before the High Court in London on Monday. The British royal family, along with several other high-profile personalities, is suing Associated Newspapers Ltd, publisher of the Daily Mail and Sunday Mail, over illegal information-gathering.

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Prince Harry leaving the Royal Courts of Justice on March 28, 2022 in London.  The Duke of Sussex is one of several claimants in a lawsuit against Associated Newspapers, publisher of the Daily Mail.

Prince Harry leaving the Royal Courts of Justice on March 28, 2022 in London. The Duke of Sussex is one of several claimants in a lawsuit against Associated Newspapers, publisher of the Daily Mail. (Belinda Jiao/Getty Images)

Several legal experts told Fox News Digital that Harry is not at high risk of his visa being revoked given the timing of these incidents.

said legal analyst Chris Melcher, partner with Walzer Melcher and Yoda.

“Everyone should be held accountable to the same standards, and no visa applicant can expect to be denied entry on the basis of past recreational use of illegal drugs when he or she has not faced a conviction for that crime.”

Based in Los Angeles Criminal defense attorney Silva Mejerdychian Agreed.

Prince Harry has been outspoken about his past drug use in his memoir "additional," which was published in January.

Prince Harry has been candid about his past drug use in his memoir Spear, which was published in January. (Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images)

She noted, “Immigration officials will have a hard time granting people visas if simply accepting experimental drug use is problematic, especially when they live in the country.”

Neil Gardiner, director of the Margaret Thatcher Center at the Heritage Foundation, told Fox News Digital that it is in the “public interest” to know and ensure that the royal visa application is “absolutely accurate”. Gardiner is a former aide to the former UK Prime Minister.

“Harry outlined in great detail his history of drug use in his ‘Spear’ memoir,” Gardiner explained. “We want to establish that Harry was honest about his request. This is a serious issue here. We believe there is a clear public interest in releasing Harry’s immigration application.

“The Heritage Foundation calls for accountability and transparency from the Biden administration in issuing Prince Harry’s immigration application,” Gardiner added. “It is important to establish that Prince Harry received no special treatment in his application. Just because he is a prince does not mean he should be treated differently from anyone else applying to the United States.”

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex visited New Zealand in 2018 during a royal tour.  The couple announced that they are moving back as senior members of the royal family in 2020. They now live in California.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex visited New Zealand in 2018 during a royal tour. The couple announced that they are moving back as senior members of the royal family in 2020. They now live in California. (Kirsty Wigglesworth/Pool/Getty Images)

A State Department spokesperson told Fox News Digital that “visa records are confidential under Section 222(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA); therefore, we cannot discuss the specifics of individual visa cases.”

Samuel Dewey, the lead attorney representing the Heritage Foundation, told Fox News Digital in response: “On the legal issue, the State Department cites a law that has no application here because we are seeking records from the DHS (Department of Interior Security). A’s are frequently posted. If you go to USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) reading room You’ll see a whole category for famous individuals- Profiles. And the last one is the mother of the vice president.”

Megan Mark, a former American actress, starred in the legal drama "suit," Born in California.

Megan Mark, the former American actress who starred in the legal drama “Suits”, was born in California. (GT)

While Harry was straightforward, Melcher said he wasn’t surprised by the scrutiny of his US royal visa status. The prince lives in the affluent coastal town of Montecito, California. With his wife, Megan Markle and their two children, Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet.

The United States Immigration and Naturalization Act, 8 USC 1182(a)(2)(A)(i), provides that an immigrant is not eligible to receive a visa or be admitted to the United States if the person “has been convicted of, or who admits to, committing a crime.” or admits to having committed acts that are the essential elements of … any law or regulation of a state, the United States, or a foreign country relating to a controlled substance,” Melcher explained. “An exception is if the person was under 18 at the time the offense was committed or if the maximum penalty available For the offense is one year.

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Two legal experts told Fox News Digital that the Duke of Sussex's US visa status is not in jeopardy.  However, the father of two, being such a high profile figure, must be mindful of his revelations in public.

Two legal experts told Fox News Digital that the Duke of Sussex’s US visa status is not in jeopardy. However, the father of two, being such a high profile figure, must be mindful of his revelations in public. (Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

Based on a literal reading of US immigration law, Harry may be excluded from the US based on his admission to using magic mushrooms, as US Immigration and Naturalization law states that a person is ineligible for admission to the US if they have admitted to using a controlled substance in Violating the law of a foreign country as an adult if the prison sentence available for that violation is at least one year.” “Magic mushrooms are classified as a controlled drug under English law, so possession of the drug before ingestion could be considered a recognizable offense that would disqualify them from entering the United States.

“But it is unclear if Harry was asked about his drug history in any immigration interview, and if so, did he admit to taking magic mushrooms,” Melcher continued. It seems inconceivable that the law would apply to an admission of drug use in an interview with a reporter rather than a government official. Most likely, this issue was not raised in any immigration interview because Harry has not been convicted of any drug offense, he served with distinction in the military and there is no reason for doubt. In that he hooked.”

Megherdichian warned that Harry, Like any high-ranking personyou should be mindful of what he shares publicly.

“As a criminal defense attorney who represents clients with drug cases, I work closely with immigration attorneys who deal with the consequences of their situation in the United States,” she said. At this point, Harry’s mere acceptance of experimental drug use without any contact with law enforcement should not affect his standing in any way.

Prince Harry detailed his traumas in the past, which included the death of his mother, Princess Diana.

Prince Harry detailed his traumas in the past, which included the death of his mother, Princess Diana. (random house)

“In general, high-profile people should always be careful when admitting to illegal drug use,” she warned. “You never know how this could affect you if you get caught in the future.”

In his memoirs, Harry admitted that at the age of 17, he used cocaine several times “to feel. To be different.” He also admitted to using cannabis and magic mushrooms, which left him hallucinating because the toilet was talking to him.

The main issue here, Gardiner argued, was “whether or not the request made by Harry exactly matched the details he laid out in his private diary.”

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“When people apply to the United States, they are asked specifically about drug use,” Gardiner said. “The issue here is his drug use and whether this was fully communicated to the US immigration authorities … whether he was completely honest and transparent in his application, and secondly, whether he received any preferential treatment from officials in connection with his application.”

A spokesperson for the Duke of Sussex did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.

During a candid online chat with trauma expert Gabor Mattei earlier this month, Harry admitted that psychedelic drugs helped him learn about his mother, Princess Diana’s death, and how to move on.

Prince Harry said that psychedelic drugs helped him overcome the death of his mother, Princess Diana.  The Princess of Wales died in 1997 from injuries sustained in a car accident.  She was 36 years old.  At that time, the paparazzi were stalking the princess.

Prince Harry said that psychedelic drugs helped him overcome the death of his mother, Princess Diana. The Princess of Wales died in 1997 from injuries sustained in a car accident. She was 36 years old. At that time, the paparazzi were stalking the princess. (Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)

“It was cleaning the windshield and removing the filters of life — these layers of filters — it took everything away from me and brought me a sense of relaxation, ease and lightness that I had been able to hold back for a while,” Harry explained.

“I started doing it recreationally and then I started realizing how good it was for me,” he continued. “I would say it’s one of the key parts of my life that has changed me and helped me deal with the trauma and pain of the past. They unlock so much of what we’ve suppressed.”

Treatment with narcotic drugs, including the naturally occurring compound psilocybin in mushrooms, is growing in popularity.

LSD has become so affordable that states are working on laws to not only decriminalize, but also legalize regulated psychedelic treatment programs.

It is unclear if the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be in the UK for King Charles' coronation.

It is unclear if the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be in the UK for King Charles’ coronation. (Mark Cuthbert / UK Press)

Gwyneth Paltrow once said that psychedelics would be the new trend in the wellness industry. Michelle Rodriguez took a drug to cope with the death of her Fast and Furious co-star, Paul Walker, and Paul McCartney claims he saw God during an acid trip.

Country musician Casey Musgraves She admitted that her songs “Slow Burn” and “Mother” were inspired by hallucinogens.

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers used the drug to treat his overwhelming fear of death.

“I was definitely afraid of dying,” he said last year. “And the ayahuasca and psilocybin really helped me with that and relieved a lot of the stress around the idea of ​​needing to get things done before I actually died…and took some of that fear away.

King Charles will be crowned on May 6th in London's Westminster Abbey.

King Charles will be crowned on May 6th in London’s Westminster Abbey. (Alastair Grant)

“I think when you see the other side, it makes the idea of ​​death more of a passage and less of an end,” Rodgers explained.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped down as senior members of the royal family in 2020, citing what they described as the intolerable intrusions and racist attitudes of the British media. It is unclear if the couple He will attend the coronation of King Charles at Westminster Abbey, London, on May 6.

Fox News Digital’s Tracy Wright and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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