Americans want the Duke of Sussex to return to Britain, the head of a leading Washington think tank has said.
Kevin Roberts, president of the Heritage Foundation, is assisting the think tank’s legal action to investigate the Duke’s US visa application following his admissions of drug taking in his memoir, Spare.
Asked whether the Duke should be deported following these revelations, Mr Roberts told The Telegraph: “We don’t like him being in America and we would love for him to come back to you or somewhere.
“I guess we as Americans, we see Prince Harry the same way you see President Biden. You can have him back.”
The Heritage Foundation, the biggest conservative think tank in the United States, has demanded the release of the Duke’s American visa application.
The US government has so far refused to release it, despite a freedom of information request, but a court will rule on whether to compel officials to release his immigration records to the public following pressure from the group.
They are basing their case on US immigration laws, which state that any foreigner “determined to be a drug abuser” is classed as “inadmissible”, although immigration officials can use their discretion to waive the rule.
The Duke admitted in his autobiography – and in television interviews promoting it earlier this year – to taking cocaine, cannabis and magic mushrooms in the past.
He also owned up to taking magic mushroom chocolates – illegal in the US – at a party at the Los Angeles home of Courteney Cox, the actress from the series Friends, in 2016.
In an interview with Variety in February, the Friends star confirmed that Prince Harry had stayed at her house but denied “passing out” psychedelics.
“He did stay here for a couple of days – probably two or three,” Cox said, adding: “I’m not saying there were mushrooms! I definitely wasn’t passing them out.”
Sources close to the Duke have previously indicated that he was truthful on his visa application, suggesting that he did disclose his past drug use.
Mr Roberts told The Telegraph that only “two to three per cent” of the US population “love the nonsense that Harry and Meghan spew” and that in general, Britons “don’t have to worry about Americans being on their side”.
He added that Americans “admire the consistency of the British form of government, which, of course, includes the Royal family”.
In previous court filings, the Heritage Foundation and Mike Howell v US Department of Homeland Security, the think tank argues that the request for the Duke’s visa application is of “immense public interest”.
Mr Roberts’ comments came less than a week after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex claimed that they were involved in a “near catastrophic car chase” involving paparazzi photographers in New York.
The couple, accompanied by Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, had just left an award ceremony in New York last Tuesday when they said they were subjected to a two-hour “relentless pursuit” by a “gang” of at least six paparazzi in blacked-out vehicles.
However, the account the Sussexes released last week did not land quite as they had expected, with New York authorities and other witnesses raising questions about their version of events, particularly the alleged level of intensity.
City authorities played down the severity of the incident, saying that although photographers had made the Sussexes’ journey “challenging” there had been “no reported collisions, summonses, injuries, or arrests”.