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published : 2023-09-08

Racist Text Messages Between British Officers Target Meghan Markle

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle step back from royal roles in 2020

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Five retired British police officers have admitted to sending racist text messages about Meghan Markle after a BBC investigation.

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These men, all in their 60s, were arrested and pleaded guilty to sending grossly offensive racist messages by public communication.

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They were former members of London's Metropolitan Police department, having served in the parliamentary and diplomatic protection branch.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle smiling during their wedding ceremony, taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

A sixth former officer denied the same charge and is scheduled to stand trial.

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The messages, exchanged in a closed WhatsApp group, involved derogatory remarks about Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, Prince William, Princess Kate Middleton, and the late Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip.

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Even though the suspects sent the messages between 2020 and 2022, none of them were officers at that time.

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This is not the first time Meghan Markle has faced racial incidents in the United Kingdom.

Meghan Markle giving an interview to Oprah Winfrey, taken with a Nikon D850

In a tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey, Markle and Harry revealed their struggles with royal life, including discussions about Archie's skin color.

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Prince Harry later clarified that the incident didn't qualify as racism, but as unconscious bias.

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The Duke of Sussex emphasized the importance of acknowledging unconscious bias in order to learn and grow as individuals and as institutions.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who married in 2018, stepped away from their senior royal roles in 2020.

A portrait of Archie, Meghan and Harry's firstborn, taken with a Fujifilm X-T4

They have since welcomed two children, Archie and Lilibet.