Prince Harry might just have sacrificed his U.S. visa at the altar of commercialization. The royal, in a bout of graphic revelations, admitted to abusing illegal drugs when he was as young as 17.
For George Washington University’s Immigration Clinic’s Professor Alberto Benítez, the admission might cause him to lose his visa as he and his wife Meghan Markle have sought greener pastures in the United States.
Prince Harry Claims Magic Mushrooms, Cannabis, Cocaine Let Him See ‘The Truth’https://t.co/xXl3RGAsYI
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Harry’s ghostwritten autobiography Spare told tales of sniffing cocaine and smoking cannabis at the Eton College boarding school he attended. He revealed his abuse went beyond teenage exuberance as he smoked cannabis at the royal residence of Kensington Palace even when he was an adult.
The prince, who is the fifth in line to the British throne, also admitted to hallucinating on magic mushrooms at a California party hosted by Courtney Cox. Judging by the year the party was held, he was 32 years old at the time and was capable of making responsible decisions.
“Beside the toilet was a round silver bin, the kind with a foot pedal to open the lid. I stared at the bin. It stared back. Then it became . . . a head. I stepped on the pedal and the head opened its mouth. A huge open grin. I laughed, turned away, took a p***,” the royal wrote, not sparing his readers the gory details.
Aside from the further plunge his damaged reputation would take with the embarrassing reveal, Benítez said it holds devastating implications for his relocation to the U.S.
If Prince Harry lied in his application for US residency he should be deported from the United States. The Biden administration would hesitate to do this but there could be calls from the new Republican-led House of Representatives for an investigation. https://t.co/YZqJK54sBE
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According to Benítez, Harry must have been asked about drug abuse during his application for permanent relocation into the U.S. “If he was truthful in his answers, he should have been denied,” the professor and immigration expert stated.
However, if he gave an answer that might be proven to be false in light of his recent revelations, his visa might be revoked and he would be barred from the U.S. Another possible repercussion is “he’ll be subject to being revoked because he lied in the application process.”
Either way, trouble looms in the corner at the prince’s new celebrity paradise as American regulations require that an applicant might be rendered “ineligible for a visa” due to “current and/or past actions, such as drug or criminal activities.”
It is, however, not impossible that he might wiggle his way out as another immigration lawyer told The Telegraph that it is “unlikely that his case would be reopened if immigration authorities were to hear that he previously, years ago, used drugs.”