Meghan Markle has experienced her first major security scare after a contaminated letter sparked an anti-terror investigation and concerns of a hate crime.
Scotland Yard released a statement offering details on the events that unfolded after the letter was first received at St. James Palace February 12.
“The letter, addressed to her and fiancé Prince Harry, and understood to contain a racist message, led to a security scare, with specialists rushed in to check the powder,” the statement read.
“Officers are also investigating an allegation of malicious communications, which relates to the same package,” the statement continued, adding, “it is being treated as a racist hate crime.”
According to the Guardian, the Met’s counter terrorism group is now involved in the ongoing investigation after a second package containing white power was delivered to the Houses of Parliament just after 11:30 AM Tuesday February 13.
This package, as reported by Jezebel, was addressed to Home Secretary Amber Rudd. The office where the package was delivered was closed, police presence surrounded the Palace of Westminster and a spokesperson for the House of Commons confirmed the powder was found to be “non-harmful.”
Friends, family and fans of Markle and her Prince can breathe a sigh of relief, as their intercepted letter was also found to be “non-suspicious.” However, there still remains the deeply concerning message that the letter contained; serious and offensive enough to garner the consideration of a hate crime.
Scotland Yard’s statement added that no arrests have been made and inquiries continue.
St. James’s Palace has not yet commented on the incident or subsequent investigation, and it remains unclear whether the two packages were related but The Evening Standard has confirmed that Meghan and Harry have been made aware of the letter.
While Markle won’t become an official royal until May, she had already received 24-hour security protection. However, the recent scare has prompted a decision to have the bride-to-be assigned a member of the Met’s royalty and specialist protection command, as reported by ES.
The Suits actress, who identifies as biracial, has been vocal about the struggles of her mixed race heritage, even penning a vulnerable essay for Elle UK titled "I'm More Than an 'Other'" in which she wrote “Just as black and white, when mixed, make grey, in many ways that's what it did to my self-identity: it created a murky area of who I was, a haze around how people connected with me.”
The scare may put added strain on the upcoming nuptials, which include a carriage procession post-ceremony that will travel from St. George’s Chapel to the castle, an excursion that already has Thames Valley Police preparing for anything.
For now, fans of the couple will be eagerly awaiting any news on whether wedding plans will change in the wake of the recent events.anthrax scareMeghan MarklePrince HarryRoyalsScotland Yard