The Duchess of Sussex received “disgusting and very real” threats while performing her duties as a senior member of the Royal Family britishas revealed by a former senior London Police officer.
According to Neil Basu, former Deputy Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, it is understandable that Meghan Markle felt “threatened all the time”.
Several people have been prosecuted for those threats, Basu revealed to Channel 4 television in his last interview as deputy commissioner.
Prince Harry, who moved to California with his wife in 2020, noted last year that did not feel safe when visiting the UK.
The couple has commented on more than one occasion about the mistreatment they received before leaving, and how this affected their mental health.
Already in 2016, shortly after they both made their relationship public, the prince himself issued a statement to denounce the harassment to which his then-fiancée was being subjected on the internet and social networks.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have stepped down as senior members of the royal family. in 2020 to carve his own path in America.
After leaving the Royal Family, Meghan gave an interview to American presenter Oprah Winfrey in which she revealed that she had suicidal thoughts during her time as a senior member of the British royal family.
The threat from the far right
Meghan Markle is the first person of color who becomes part of the most intimate nucleus of the British royal family.
“If you had seen the things that were written and the things that she received, the kind of speech (about her) that was on the internet, if you didn’t know what I know, you would feel threatened all the time,” Neil Basu said.
Asked if there were any real threats to Meghan Markle from the extreme right, Basu was blunt: “Of course.”
“There were teams that investigated it and people have been prosecuted because of those threats,” he added.
According to the former deputy commissioner, “far-right terrorism” is the fastest growing security problem in the UK.
“When I started in the fight against terrorism in 2015, it was about 6% of our total workload. When I left 15 or 16 months ago, it was more than 20% of our workload,” he said.
Basu, the official UK’s highest ranking colored policemanwas also in charge of protecting the royal family.
He joined the police force in 1992 and has spoken out on racism and his status as a police officer on numerous occasions.
“I speak of race because I know something about it as a 54-year-old mixed-race man,” he said in the interview, in which he also criticized the British government.
The ex-commissioner assured that he finds “inexplicable some of the comments that come out of the Ministry of the Interior”, in reference to the British policy towards refugees.