Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's anthrax scare is being investigated as a racist hate crime

Police recently confirmed that a suspicious envelope filled with a white powder that was addressed to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry was sent to St. James' Palace on February 12, where it was intercepted by security personnel and analyzed immediately by specialists.

Though the substance was deemed to be harmless, the security level around the future royal has been raised, and Scotland Yard is on high alert. Police are investigating the package in connection with a similar package that was sent to the Palace of Westminster the very next day, addressed to Home Secretary Amber Rudd.

Based on the contents of the letter, police have reportedly decided to treat the incident as a "racist hate crime," which makes this the first time that racist threats that were hurled at the Suits actress online have been brought to fruition.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit Edinburgh Castle. (Getty Images)

When the couple first went public with their engagement, Kensington Palace released a statement that addressed the online racist abuse the actress had endured. "[Prince Harry's] girlfriend, Meghan Markle, has been subject to a wave of abuse and harassment," it read.

''Some of this has been very public – the smear on the front page of a national newspaper; the racial undertones of comment pieces; and the outright sexism and racism of social media trolls and web article comments."

One of the racist social media trolls turned out to be Republican contender Paul Nehlen, who was banned from Twitter for posting a photoshopped picture of the Royal couple that had racist overtones and the caption, "Honey, does this tie make my face look pale?"

Meghan Markle has experienced racism all her life, even in Hollywood as a biracial actress, saying "I wasn't black enough for the black roles and I wasn't white enough for the white ones, leaving me somewhere in the middle as the ethnic chameleon who couldn't book a job." Now that the actress is in a highly public role, her security has become a major concern.

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