Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were the targets of an anthrax scare when a letter containing white powder was sent to the royal couple at Kensington Palace earlier this month, it has been revealed. CNN reports that the package is being investigated as a "racist hate crime" by the London counter-terrorism command. Luckily, it was intercepted prior to reaching Harry and Meghan and the powder was examined by experts and deemed harmless. The 33-year-old prince and his 36-year-old fiance are aware of the letter, according to the Evening Standard, which further detailed a delivery date of Feb. 12 – the day before the couple travelled to Edinburgh. A similar incident occurred the same week when white powder was sent to the Palace of Westminster and Scotland Yard is now investigating.
Shortly after news of the couple’s romance broke in 2016, Prince Harry made an unprecedented statement calling out the media’s “racial undertones” and “racism of social media” against Meghan, who is biracial (half-black). “Prince Harry is worried about Ms. Markle’s safety and is deeply disappointed that he has not been able to protect her. It is not right that a few months into a relationship with him that Ms. Markle should be subjected to such a storm. He knows commentators will say this is ‘the price she has to pay’ and that ‘this is all part of the game’. He strongly disagrees. This is not a game - it is her life and his,” the statement noted.
It comes amid plans for high security for the couple's wedding day, which will take place at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle on Saturday May 19. The ceremony itself will be held at noon and will last one hour, after which the couple will take part in a carriage procession around Windsor, which will see them travel down Castle Hill and along the High Street. "They hope this short journey will provide an opportunity for more people to come together around Windsor and to enjoy the atmosphere of this special day," Kensington Palace said in a statement.
Harry and Meghan will then return to Windsor Castle for their first reception at St George's Hall, where they will have the chance to toast their union with some 800 guests. Later in the evening, Prince Charles will host a more intimate, private reception for the newlyweds and their close family and friends.