Prince Harry Facing Questions Surrounding U.S. Visa After Admitting To Using Drugs
Prince Harry has made some bombshell revelations in his recent interviews and 2023 autobiography, Spare. The most recent to come under scrutiny is his admission to having experimented with illicit drugs, such as cocaine and magic mushrooms, which has raised questions about whether he declared his past substance use when applying for residency, and why it has not impacted his ability to obtain a U.S. visa.
The Heritage Foundation’s Oversight Project has submitted a request for Prince Harry’s visa documents under the Freedom of Information Act. Experts believe that if the Heritage Foundation’s investigation finds the Duke of Sussex to have lied on his application, he could have his visa revoked and could face deportation.
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Experts say that an admission of drug use is usually grounds for inadmissibility.
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If, however, the investigation finds that he has mentioned his history with illicit drugs, then it would suggest that he has received unfair preferential treatment due to his royal status or as a result of his wife Meghan Markle‘s fame.
Many individuals with a history of substance use have been refused from the U.S. in the past. For example, in 2014, food writer and TV chef Nigella Lawson was banned from an LAX-bound flight from London Heathrow, four months after admitting to experimenting with Class-A drugs.
While the 38-year-old prince claimed to have only engaged in cocaine use in his teenage years, he recalled his experimentation with psychedelics to have been well into his adulthood, at the Los Angeles home of actress Courteney Cox. Earlier this month, the duke told trauma expert Dr. Gabor Maté that hallucinogenic drugs are a “fundamental” part of his life.
“It was the cleaning of the windscreen, the removal of life’s filters — these layers of filters — it removed it all for me and brought me a sense of relaxation, relief, comfort, a lightness that I managed to hold back for a period of time,” he told Maté, admitting that he began “doing it recreationally and then started to realize how good it was for me.”
Despite the backlash, there are some who believe that without a criminal act, immigration officials will not have sufficient reason to launch an investigation.
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