A letter that was sent to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry had to be tested last week, when a suspicious white powder was found within it, sparking fears of an anthrax incident.
The Met Police say they are treating the postal as a racist hate crime, after the letter, addressed to the couple at Kensington Palace, contained a racist message; this falls under the Malicious Communications Act.
The Evening Standard initially reported on the story, and that after testing, the powder was found to be harmless: worrying nonetheless, since Home Secretary Amber Rudd received a similar package last week, too.
Of course, Meghan and Harry were not the ones opening the letter – it would have been a member of staff, who called police upon opening the letter on 12th February at St James’s Palace, where the royal post is sorted.
Counter-terrorism officers attended to investigate.
“Officers are also investigating an allegation of malicious communications which relates to the same package, and it is being treated as a racist hate crime,” a statement from Scotland Yard said.
“The matter is being investigated by officers from the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command.”
Last week, the couple visited Edinburgh to large crowds, and seem to have been very popular with the public since the announcement of their engagement in November. However, Prince Harry did mention racist abuse when he asked the press to leave Meghan alone when they were in the early stages of dating in 2016.
Earlier this year, the leader of UKIP’s girlfriend sent messages about the future Royal saying Meghan was ‘tainting’ the Royal Family as a mixed race woman.