Anthrax scare: white powder sent to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

According to a report by London's Evening Standard, an anonymous letter addressed to the couple was sent to Kensington Palace on February 12 and officials say it contained racist messages and a suspicious white powder.

The powder was found to be harmless, the Evening Standard reported, with the couple informed about what had happened. According to the Evening Standard the package also contained a racist letter.

The paper says it was sent to Kensington Palace in London but delivered to St James's Palace for sorting earlier this month.

Anthrax can be weaponised in powder form and is potentially deadly, The Guardian reports, adding that there have been "a number of scares where harmless white powder has been sent to prominent people", perhaps as a hoax or prank.

A letter addressed to the royal and his actress fiancee and claiming to containing the infectious disease in a white powder form was sent to their Kensington Palace residence on 12 February (18). The incident has sparked a police investigation.

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Scotland Yard said it was aware of the letter and officers from Counter Terrorism Command have launched an investigation.

"Prince Harry is anxious about Ms Markle's safety and is deeply disappointed that he has not been able to protect her", Knauf said then.

Met Police are also attempting to track the sender (s) but so far no arrests have been made.

Harry's communications secretary Jason Knauf said at the time that Markle had been the subject of "a wave of abuse and harassment".

St James's Palace and Kenginston Palace have refused to comment.

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