Prince Harry has long talked about the need for security for himself, Meghan Markle, and their growing family. Some Sussex critics thought he was the boy who cried wolf when he asked the royal family for protection, but now, the former Assistant Commissioner for Specialist Operations for the Metropolitan Police, Neil Basu, is backing up his claims.
In a damning interview with the U.K.’s Channel 4 News, he revealed that the couple was under threat constantly during their time as senior royals. Basu described the threats as “disgusting and very real” and blamed them on the rise of right-wing extremists. He elaborated that many of the security concerns were directed at Meghan, and he empathized with the couple’s plight.
“Absolutely, and 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,” he noted. The threats to Meghan were ongoing and Basu mentioned that “people have been prosecuted for those threats.” The former security expert is speaking out now amid his resignation after claims that he was treated unfairly for his views on “racial and social justice.”
Prince Harry had to challenge his U.K. security arrangements in the court system after losing his royal privileges in February 2020. He was willing to fund their security staff out of his own pocket and was refused, and now, the legal system is handling the couple’s needs on a “flexible, case-by-case” basis. With Basu offering up alarming evidence to back Harry’s claims, this could positively impact the future of the couple’s security situation.ORDER A COPY OF ROB’S NEW BEST SELLING BOOK! Called “America’s Number ONE Gossip Columnist” by The National Enquirer. Rob ‘Naughty But Nice’ Shuter breaks celebrity news every day on his website NaughtyGossip.com where he delivers all the dish about the stars we love in his naughty but nice signature style. You can also catch him co-hosting and breaking celebrity news on Good Day New York, The Today Show, The Talk, Wendy Williams Show, CNN, Extra and Z100’s ‘Elvis Duran.’ Previously, Rob was the Huffington Post’s only celebrity columnist and the former executive editor of OK! Magazine. Rob has also hosted his own Saturday night talk show on Mark Cuban’s channel and his own daily morning show, ‘The Gossip Table,’ on VH1! Breaking some of the biggest entertainment stories, including Jamie Lynn Spears’s pregnancy news, Britney’s first post-meltdown interview, Eva Longoria’s wedding, and baby exclusives for Jessica Alba, Tori Spelling and Mathew McConaughey’s tots, Rob always knows where to find the best scoop. Before Rob was one of the world’s most successful entertainment reporters, he was a publicist working for Jennifer Lopez, Alicia Keys, P. Diddy, Jessica Simpson and Jon Bon Jovi! Now he is bringing all this experience to his new show on I HEART MEDIA in his unique cheeky way, that is always a pinch and never a punch!