Racist Letter Containing White Powder Was Sent to Meghan Markle, Creating Security Scare
A letter containing white powder – which was thought to be anthrax – was sent to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry earlier this month, The Evening Standard reports. The incident sparked a full security threat and Scotland Yard were called in to investigate, but after running tests, the powder was found to be harmless.
Additionally, the same letter reportedly contained a racist message. The London police department revealed, "an allegation of malicious communications which relates to the same package" is under investigation, according to The Evening Standard.
Officers from the Met's counter-terrorism wing were called to Kensington Palace on Monday, February 12, police confirmed. It is believed that a second letter containing white powder was sent to the Houses of Parliament, addressed to the Home Secretary, Amber Rudd. The two events are believed to be linked.
An investigation has been launched to trace the person who sent the two letters, but so far no arrests have been made.
Although this marks the first public security threat Markle has faced since she became engaged to Prince Harry, Scotland Yard are already on high alert ahead of the royal wedding in May, particularly following the couple's decision to undergo a carriage procession through Windsor after their nuptials.
Markle has already been assigned a security team from the Met's royalty and specialist protection command and, like all official members of the royal family, is receiving round-the-clock protection. These measures will also have ensured that the letter containing the suspicious white powder was intercepted before it got to Markle and Harry.
*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com
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