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White powder sent to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle being investigated as 'racist hate crime'

The pair are due to marry on 19 May.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at a reception in Edinburgh.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at a reception in Edinburgh.
Image: Lisa Ferguson/PA Images

A PACKAGE CONTAINING white powder and an allegedly racist message sent to Prince Harry and his fiancée Meghan Markle is being treated as a hate crime, UK police have said on.

Officers from the Metropolitan Police’s counter-terrorism command were called in after the package was received on 12 February at a sorting office in St James’s Palace in central London.

“The substance was tested and confirmed as non-suspicious,” police said in a statement.

Enquiries continue and there have been no arrests, it added.

Contacted by AFP, Prince Harry’s press service at Kensington Palace declined to comment on the report.

“Police are investigating after a package containing a substance was delivered to St James’s Palace on Monday, 12 February,” the police statement added.

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.

The Evening Standard reported police were examining whether the incident was linked to a package containing white powder that was sent to Britain’s parliament on 12 February.

The couple are due to marry in Windsor on 19 May.

When their relationship was first revealed in 2016, Harry issued a strongly-worded statement against media harassment of his mixed-race girlfriend.

Harry’s communications secretary Jason Knauf said at the time that Markle had been the subject of “a wave of abuse and harassment.”

“Prince Harry is worried about Ms Markle’s safety and is deeply disappointed that he has not been able to protect her,” Knauf said then.

© – AFP 2018

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