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Meghan and Harry faced ‘disgusting and very real’ threats, ex-counterterror chief says



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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and her husband Prince Harry faced “disgusting and very real” threats from right-wing extremists, a former counter-terrorism police chief said.

In an interview with The British Channel 4 News On Tuesday, Neil Basu said the threats against Meghan were serious and credible enough that authorities assigned teams to investigate them.

“If you had seen the material that was written and you received it…you would feel threatened all the time,” said Basu, who was in charge of royal patronage during his time with the Metropolitan Police.

“People have been prosecuted for those threats,” said the Met’s former assistant commissioner.

Since news of her relationship with Prince Harry broke in 2016, Meghan has faced harsh criticism in the British press. The British tabloids in particular have faced allegations that their negative coverage of Meghan fueled racist attacks against her.

The racist bullying on social media got so intense during her first pregnancy that the royal staff was on high alert, amplifying its own digital presence to filter out snide remarks, including the use of the n-word and gun and knife emojis.

The pair said the racist abuse Meghan faced was an important factor that drove them to move to the United States and step back as senior members of the royal family.

In the couple’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey last yearPrince Harry said he felt the palace was not doing enough publicly to combat ongoing racist abuse in the press.

Harry is currently in a legal dispute with the Home Office about the family’s security arrangements when they visit the UK.

According to Basu, the threats against the royal couple came amid a rise in right-wing extremism in Britain.

Basu said in his interview that during his tenure, far-right terrorism was the fastest growing threat the country faced, going from 6% of the counter-terrorism department’s workload in 2015 to more than 20% at the time of his departure. year ago.

Basu, who is of mixed race, said he believes the Interior Ministry should do more to tackle institutional racism.

“I’ve been the only non-white face as a first officer for a long time,” he said. “I don’t think the Interior Ministry cares about this issue at all.”

The Home Office said in a statement to CNN that British Home Secretary Suella Braverman expects police forces in the country to have “zero tolerance for racism in their workplace”.

“We are actively pushing for a culture change in the police force, including through a targeted review of police firings to ensure that officers who are not fit to serve can be removed quickly,” said an interior ministry spokesman.

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