'Racist hate crime': Suspicious package sent to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

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The incident at the palace occurred the day before police were called after white powder was sent to an office in Britain's parliament.

The package, addressed to Prince Harry and his fiancée, led to a security scare early last week at St. James's Palace, with specialists from the Metropolitan Police's counter-terror command rushed in to test whether the powder might be the deadly poison anthrax. A letter containing white powder sent to the British prince and his fiancé has sparked an anthrax scare.

The London Evening Standard newspaper and other United Kingdom media outlets said the package had been addressed to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and contained a white powder.

Britain's Prince Harry and his fiancée USA actress Meghan Markle pose for a photograph in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace in west London on November 27, 2017, following the announcement of their engagement. A spokeswoman for the prince, Queen Elizabeth's grandson, said they had no comment on the reports.

There have been no arrests yet but inquiries continue, according to police.

Prince Harry first confirmed his relationship with the American actress, who is mixed-race, in November 2016 by issuing a strongly-worded statement about media harassment and racism against her on social media.


Meghan previously wrote an open letter to Elle, speaking out about her ethnicity.

"The substance was tested and confirmed as non suspicious".

The package was investigated by Scotland Yard before it reached the couple, and the white power was later found to be harmless.

The couple are due to marry in Windsor on May 19. "Officers are also investigating an allegation of malicious communications which relates to the same package", the statement said.

This is the first security incident involving Markle since the wedding was announced, although threats against the royal family are not uncommon.

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