Meghan and Harry face an ‘appalling and very real’ threat, former counter-terror chief says
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex And her husband Prince Harry faces a “dire and very real” threat from right-wing extremists, a former counter-terrorism police chief has said.
In an interview with Dr Britain’s Channel 4 News On Tuesday, Neil Bose said the threats against Meghan were serious and credible enough that authorities had appointed teams to investigate them.
“If you see things written, and you get it … you always feel under threat,” said Bose, who was in charge of royal security while in the Metropolitan Police.
“People have been prosecuted for these threats,” said the former Met assistant commissioner.
Since news of her relationship with Prince Harry broke in 2016, Meghan has come under fire in the British press. In particular, UK tabloids have faced complaints about their negative coverage of Meghan fueled racist attacks against him.
Racist bullying is so intense on social media During her first pregnancy Royal staff, who were on high alert, stepped up their own digital presence to filter hateful comments, including the use of the n-word and gun and knife emojis.
The couple said Meghan faced racial abuse was a major factor Which forced them to move to the US and return as senior members of the royal family.
In the couple’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey last yearPrince Harry said he felt the palace was not doing enough publicly to combat continued racial abuse in the press.
harry Currently in legal dispute With the Home Office about the family’s safety arrangements when they move to the UK.
According to Basu, the threats against the royal couple came amid a rise in right-wing extremism in Britain.
Bose said in his interview that during his tenure, extreme right-wing terrorism was the fastest-growing threat facing the country, rising from 6% of the Counterterrorism Department’s workload in 2015 to more than 20% at the time of his departure. years ago.
Basu, who is mixed-race, says he believes the Home Office needs to do more to tackle institutionalized racism.
“I was the only non-white face as chief officer for a very long time,” he said. “I don’t think the Home Office cares about this at all.”
The Home Office said in a statement to CNN that UK Home Secretary Suella Braverman expects the country’s police forces to “adopt a zero-tolerance approach to racism in their workplaces.”
A Home Office spokesman said: “We are actively pushing for cultural change in the police, including through a targeted review of police dismissals to ensure that those who are not fit for the job can be removed quickly.”
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