Disgusting comments made against Meghan Markle online "would make you feel under threat all of the time," according to a top cop who revealed that he had "teams of people" investigating the comments.
Neil Basu, an assistant commissioner at the Metropolitan Police, said there has “absolutely” been a genuine threat to the Duchess's life on multiple occasions.
Basu, the former head of UK counter-terror policing, added that people had been prosecuted because of their comments.
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“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,” Mr Basu told Channel 4 News, adding: “We had teams of people investigating it.”
Asked if there was a genuine threat to Meghan’s life more than once, he replied: “Absolutely. We had teams investigating it. People have been prosecuted for those threats.”
In his first interview hours before leaving the Metropolitan Police after 30 years, Basu, the country’s most senior officer of colour, told Channel 4 News his views may have cost him the top policing job.
Meghan Markle said she wasn't treated like a black woman until she first met Prince Harry.
She said in an August episode of her podcast Archetypes, things "shifted" once she started dating her 37-year-old husband back in June 2016.
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Meghan responded to Mariah Carey in a conversation about race: “I mean if there’s any time in my life that it’s been more focused on my race, it’s only once I started dating my husband.
“Then I started to understand what it was like to be treated like a black woman, because up until then I had been treated like a mixed woman and things really shifted.”
The Assistant Commissioner also described his dismay at the Home Office’s language on immigration, which revived memories of the racism his parents endured in the wake of Enoch Powell’s “Rivers of Blood” speech.
He set out his personal experience of racism throughout his life – his parents were stoned on the streets following the “Rivers of Blood” speech – and in the police itself.
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