An immigration law expert believes Prince Harry may have placed his U.S. visa at risk through recent admissions of drug use in the U.K. and California.
Prince Harry has admitted in Spare, his memoir penned by a ghostwriter, that he has been a user of illicit drugs since he was 17 years old. Harry has gone from one of the most favored members of the royal family to being famous mainly as the cowered husband of American actress Meghan Markle.
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Harry has cooperated with Meghan in the couple’s recent Netflix documentary series, casting a poor light on the late Queen, now-King Charles, and virtually all of the royal family.
Harry’s book details his taking long lines of cocaine and smoking cannabis while attending the ultra-elite Eton College boarding school in England. He also admitted using the same illegal drugs as an adult at his royal residence at Kensington Palace. The memoir also provides lurid details of Harry hallucinating after eating mushrooms at a 2016 California party hosted by actress Courtney Cox.
If readers thought Harry might show decorum in discussing his mushroom drug trip, he didn’t.
The book says in his voice: “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—.”
He described how the toilet also transformed into a human head. “The bowl was its gaping maw, the hinges of the seat were its piercing silver eyes. It said, ‘Aaah’,” he added.
In addition to the embarrassment he has heaped upon his family and himself, Harry might have put his life as a California celebrity at risk.
George Washington University’s Immigration Clinic Professor Alberto Benítez told reporters that it is certain that Harry would have been asked about illegal drug use when he applied for his visa. He added that if Harry had included the statements in his book in his application, “he should have been denied.”
Benítez added that if immigration authorities determine he lied in his application, “one of the repercussions, whatever visa he has, is that it would be revoked, or he’ll be subject to being revoked.”
While the U.S. State Department says that “all visa applications are adjudicated on a case-by-case basis,” regulations state that “current and/or past actions, such as drug or criminal activities” can be grounds for denial of an entry visa.