PRINCE Harry is facing questions over how he got his US visa after he admitted to taking a variety of drugs.
In his autobiography Spare and several TV interviews, the Duke of Sussex revealed he had tried cocaine, smoked marijuana and experimented with magic mushrooms and ayahuasca.
It raised questions over whether the royal declared his substance history when applying for his residency permit, or if he received special treatment due to his family’s status or wife Meghan Markle’s fame.
Applications are often denied when answering ‘yes’ to the question: “Have you ever violated any law related to possessing, using or distributing illegal drugs?” – or following interviews and rigorous testing.
The Heritage Foundation, a conservative research institute, has requested a copy of Harry’s visa documents from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) under the Freedom of Information Act.
If it is found he lied on his form, he could be kicked out of the country, experts say.
The Heritage Foundation’s attorney and former top Congressional counsel Samuel Dewey told the Daily Mail: “Was preferential treatment given to Prince Harry because of who he was?
“Was the process not followed? If it wasn’t, that’s a big deal.
“Individuals in the past with that history have not been let into the country.”
In 2014, TV chef Nigella Lawson was banned from boarding a flight from Heathrow to Los Angeles four months after she confessed to experimenting with narcotics.
Lawyers believe Harry’s visa could be revoked and he could be deported.
Former federal prosecutor Neama Rahmani told Page Six that “an admission of drug use is usually grounds for inadmissibility” and stressed there is “no exception for royalty”.
Talking to GB News, royal commentator Kinsey Schofield added: “Immigration attorneys here in the States are saying that there are two ways that deportation could loom over Prince Harry.
“That’s if he’s caught doing a crime, which we heard him say in his pay-per-view interview, where he was openly discussing illegal drug use.
“Or if in this visa application, he lied about his drug use, that could actually result in deportation, too.”
In his memoir, the duke, who lives in California, admitted he regularly smoked cannabis and misused alcohol as a teenager.
He then tried cocaine for the first time aged 17 while on a hunting weekend, before snorting “a few more lines” on several other occasions.
In a subsequent TV interview, Harry admitted using Class A ayahuasca, a high from Amazon rainforest vines, to help him cope with the trauma of his mum Princess Diana’s 1997 death.
He also described his hallucinogenic experiences under the effects of magic mushrooms – which included talking to a bin.