Meghan Markle, wife of Prince Harry, received "despicable" death threats when she and her husband were still working members of the British royal family, a senior police official has claimed.
Neil Basu, a senior officer leaving the London police, said he had to deal with death threats deemed credible against the "Sussex", coming from far-right activists, when he was at the head of the counter-terrorism police.
The police officer's claims, in an interview broadcast on Channel 4 on Tuesday evening, come as Prince Harry has regularly expressed fears for the safety of his family when they lived in the UK.
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Meghan, a mixed-race American actress, and Harry, youngest son of King Charles III, decided in 2020 to distance themselves from the royal family and moved to the United States.
During a smashing interview in March 2021, the couple leveled accusations of racism and callousness against the royal family.
“People have been prosecuted”
Neil Basu, who is leaving the London police force after 30 years of service, called the threats received by the couple "despicable and very real".
“We had teams investigating, people were prosecuted for these threats,” he added.
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Harry, 38, has sued the UK government for police protection when the family moves to the UK.
By ceasing to be working members of the Royal Family, Harry and Meghan lost the law enforcement protection afforded to them at taxpayer expense.
Harry has offered to bear the costs and is contesting in court the refusal which was opposed to him by the Ministry of the Interior.