Neil Basu, the former UK counter-terrorism chief, sat down for an interview with Britain’s Channel 4 News. He talked about keeping Royal family safe and confirmed that there were many threats against Meghan Markle and Prince Harry‘s while they lived in Britain. Here’s what Basu had to say about the “disgusting” and “very real” threats against the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
Neil Basu says there were “disgusting” and “very real” threats against Meghan and Harry
Channel 4 News described Basu as having “one of the most challenging jobs in the country.” According to the station, 600 terrorists were convicted during his tenure. Basu was also in charge of protecting the royalty. When asked how he would describe the threats made against Megan and HarryBasu says they were “disgusting and very real.”
“I have spoken publicly for many years about the threat of far-right terrorism in this country,” Basu says during his Channel 4 interview. “I have often been wrongly told to take my eyes off the ball as if I thought that was the greatest threat. I have never called it the biggest threat, but it was the fastest growing.”
Basu says threats against Meghan and Harry increased from about 6% of the department’s total workload in 2015 to more than 20% when they stepped down just over a year ago.
Threats against Meghan and Harry were investigated and, in some cases, prosecuted
Basu says there were “serious and credible threats” against Meghan from the far right. “If you had seen what was written and you were getting it, the kind of rhetoric that is online, if you don’t know what I know, you would feel threatened all the time,” Basu says.
Basu went on to say that there were people on his team who were investigating the threats on Meghan’s life. “We had people looking into it, people have been prosecuted for those things.”
In addition to protecting the royalty, Basu focused on protecting the country from terrorism. When asked about his time in the department and if he ever felt “guilty” for the escaped criminals, Basu says yes. “Do I feel an overwhelming sense of guilt? Yes,” says Basu. “My job comes with a huge job description.”
Basu says he can sum up his job in one sentence: “Your job is to work with MI5 and stop terrorist attacks in this country.” Basu admits that some people lost their lives under his watch and he thinks about this every day.
Meghan Markle has more ‘power’ in the United States, says expert
Meghan had a rough time in Britain, but now that she’s in America, she can relax a bit. Body language expert Judi James says Meghan has more “power” in the United States than in the UK.
“The sky is the limit for Meghan in the United States, a country where a reality show celebrity He was recently in the White House,” says James Express. It is most likely a reference to The newbie star Omarosa Manigault Newman, who served in the Trump administration. “It’s a less cynical country in terms of the pecking order of power, where she and Harry can be admired and even adored without any of the restrictions that celebrity status would have on someone’s career in the UK,” adds James.
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