Meghan Markle faced ‘very real’ threats in UK, ex-counterterrorism head says

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Meghan Markle allegedly faced several credible threats while living in the United Kingdom.

Anil Kanti “Neil” Basu — the former head of counterterrorism for the Metropolitan Police in London — claimed there were “disgusting and very real” threats made against the Duchess of Sussex and her husband Prince Harry in a new interview for Channel 4 News.

“I’ve talked publicly for many years about the threat of extreme right-wing terrorism in this country,” he explained, describing it as UK’s “fastest-growing” threat.

“If you’d seen the stuff that was written and you were receiving it — the kind of rhetoric that’s online — if you don’t know what I know, you would feel under threat all of the time.

Meghan Markle in all black during the during the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey.
Anil Kanti “Neil” Basu claims counterterrorism increased in the UK when the Duchess of Sussex was living there with Prince Harry.
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Basu noted that he and his team investigated the alleged threats against Markle and “prosecuted” several people who were involved.

The interview comes as no surprise, as Harry, 38, has been very vocal in the past about wanting to keep Markle, 41, and their two children — Archie, 3, and Lilibet, 17 months — safe from harm.

Neil Basu talking in an interview.
He alleges the threats made against the royal couple were “disgusting.”
4 News/Twitter

In the Apple+ TV documentary “The Me You Can’t See,” the royal claimed he feared for his wife’s life because of how the paparazzi treated his mother, Princess Diana, up until her fatal car accident.

“History was repeating itself,” he alleged.

“My mother was chased to her death while she was in a relationship with someone who wasn’t white [Dodi Al Fayed], and now look what’s happened,” he continued.

“You want to talk about history repeating itself? They’re not gonna stop until she dies.”

Meghan Markle outside Windsor Castle after Queen Elizabeth II's death.
The “Suits” alum previously talked about the abuse she received from people online.
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A big factor that played into Harry and Markle’s safety concerns was the fact that they were stripped of their security benefits in the UK once they announced they were stepping down as senior members of the royal family and moving to California in 2020.

The Royal and VIP Executive Committee ruled to have the couple’s security removed at the time, which affected the couple’s life tremendously.

Harry’s legal team also previously stated that he and the “Suits” alum did “not feel safe” bringing their kids to the UK.

The team pointed out at the time that the couple’s American security team did not have access to UK government intelligence or jurisdiction there.


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