Five Former Metropolitan Police Officers Plead Guilty To Racist Messages About Meghan Markle

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Crimes Against The Royal Family

Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex has always dealt with a great amount of racism, especially while she was living in England as a senior member of the royal family. Now, out of all the cases she and Prince Harry have filed against this mistreatment, it seems like the defendants in question may actually face consequences for their behavior.

Three weeks ago five former MET police officers were charged with “sending by public communication grossly offensive racist messages” (via WhatsApp).

The chat was not exclusively about Meghan Markle, but also included offensive messages about: “Duke of Sussex Prince Harry, the Prince and Princess of Wales, the late Queen Elizabeth II and the late Prince Philip, as well as Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, former Home Secretary Priti Patel, and former Health Secretary Sajid Javid”.

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Racist Police Officers

The defendants are 62-year-old Robert Lewis, 67-year-old Anthony Elsom, 66-year-old Peter Booth, 65-year-old Alan Hall and 65-year-old Trevor Lewton. They were all charged with between one to eight counts of the offense and all pled guilty.

None of the defendants were serving in the Metropolitan Police while the group chat was active; they all served and retired between the years 2001 and 2015, and were involved in the chat from 2020 to 2022.

Though five have pled guilty, six were arrested and charged. Another former Met Police officer, 62-year-old Michael Chadwell, denied one count of “sending by public communication grossly offensive racist messages”, and is due to stand trial on November 6th, 2023.

It is still unclear what the sentences of the other five officers will be.

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