British police investigate ‘racist’ package sent to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

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Police are investigating a suspicious package that was sent to Prince Harry and his fiancee, Meghan Markle, as a racist hate crime, Scotland Yard said Thursday.

The Metropolitan Police said “a package containing a substance” was delivered to St. James’ Palace, where Harry has his office, on Feb. 12.

The substance “was tested and confirmed as nonsuspicious,” the police department said.

Counter-terrorism detectives are investigating the incident as an alleged malicious communication offense, “and it is being treated as a racist hate crime,” police said.


The Evening Standard newspaper reported that the package was a letter containing white powder and a racist message.

The prince and Markle are due to marry on May 19 at Windsor Castle.

This month, a letter containing white powder was sent to an office at Parliament, leading to a partial evacuation of the building. It also was found to be nontoxic.