Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were sent an envelope with white powder, generating an anthrax scare
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were reportedly sent a package filled with white powder at their Kensingon Palace address, but it was intercepted before it could reach them, and analyzed immediately to determine if it was anthrax.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were involved in an anthrax scare recently, when an envelope addressed to them at their Kensington Palace address was discovered to be full of a white powder, feared to be anthrax.
According to the Evening Standard, the letter generated a security scare, and specialists were brought in immediately to analyze the nature of the powder. No letter or package addressed to the royals can directly reach them as there are security measures in place to ensure that they are protected from potential attacks such as this.
Tests conducted on the material proved it to be harmless, but security is on high alert following the scare, as the envelope was clearly intended to be a threat before the royal wedding. The Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism command sent its officers to Kensington Palace on February 12 to investigate the incident. This was the day before police announced that a similar package had been sent to the Palace of Westminster.
The other package containing a white powder that was later deemed to be harmless was sent to Home Secretary Amber Rudd's office in the Houses of Parliament.
Investigators are determining if the packages are connected to each other in any way, and despite attempts to discover the originator of the packages, there have been no arrests made so far.
Meghan, 36, and Harry, 33, were reportedly informed about the envelope, the day before they visited Edinburgh for a public appearance. However, they interacted with the public and even accepted pre-Valentine's Day gifts from well-wishers, despite the heightened security alert.
These envelopes are reminiscent of a number of prank letters sent to scare people after the "anthrax attacks" that claimed the lives of five people in the United States in 2001. Ever since, people have been apprehensive of any white powders received in the mail.
This is reported to be the first security threat for Meghan, who officially become a member of the British Royal Family following her wedding in May. However, she has already been assigned a security detail by the Met’s Royalty and Specialist Protection Command in anticipation of potential security threats.
Scotland Yard has reportedly stepped up security measures in preparation for the Royal wedding, taking precautions against potential threats. There have been no changes in the details for the Royal wedding following the threat, and events will go on as planned.
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