Met Police officers plead guilty to sending racist messages about Duchess Meghan

This has been a long-running story in the UK – some British media outlets got a tip that a group of active police officers had a WhatsApp group where they made racist and offensive jokes about the Windsors, immigrants, Pakistanis, Chinese people and more. One of the biggest headlines was that there were many twisted and racist “jokes” about Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex. While these particular cops were not royal protection officers, they were part of the Met Police’s Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection branch. Meaning, they were guarding Tory officials and diplomats. It also absolutely speaks to Meghan’s lack of safety when she was in Britain, just as it speaks to the institutional racism she faced at every level. In any case, the police officers involved in this WhatsApp group were all fired and they’ve all pleaded guilty to their hate crimes.

A group of retired British police officers admitted to sending racist and offensive messages about Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, and others Thursday.

Robert Lewis, Peter Booth, Anthony Elsom, Alan Hall and Trevor Lewton — all in their 60s — allegedly posted messages in a closed WhatsApp group about Meghan, her husband, Prince Harry; Prince William and his wife, Kate; Queen Elizabeth II; and Prince Philip, The Associated Press reported. Their arrest followed a BBC investigation last year, which resulted in an internal police inquiry.

The five London Metropolitan Police retirees pleaded guilty in a London court to sending grossly offensive racist messages by public communication. They all also spent time as part of the Metropolitan Police’s Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection branch, which guards politicians and diplomats, the AP said.

The Duchess of Sussex and her husband stepped away from royal duties in 2020, saying they faced racism and harassment at the hands of the British media.

[From The Hill]

I read somewhere that the cops were making memes where Kate was “saying” racist sh-t about Meghan. I mean, it speaks to the prevalent attitude in the UK, but it also speaks to Kate’s existence in the cultural zeitgeist as a symbol of white supremacy, of being “perfect” simply because of her whiteness. Once again, I’m so glad that Meghan, Harry and their children are far, far away from these people and that they have their own dedicated private security. Between this and all of the bullsh-t we’ve learned about Ravec (the committee which determines and oversees royal protection), it’s clear that in Britain, Harry and Meghan were never going to be safe.

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  1. Polo says:

    I’ve been happy to see this picked up by the US media because I don’t think they reported on the case previously. I guess it helps that the ex met police officers pleaded guilty.
    It helps reinforce the racist and sexist treatment Meghan received and still continues to receive. I hope a lot of eyes are being opened.

    • ML says:

      I’m glad these officers are being named, shamed and forced to face consequences. However, it doesn’t feel like they’re doing much to get rid of this behavior. Thankfully Meghan is gone, but how about other immigrants and POC?
      Please remember this in a couple of weeks, New York, so you can ask Prince William about it during his visit.

    • Couch Potato says:

      Yeah! The rota rats have denied any racism towards Meghan and the RF used recollection waries to undermind her and Harry’s experience. It’s great that it’s picked up elsewhere. Maybe I’m to cynical, but I doubt this would’ve ever gone to trial if it weren’t for the other RF members also being mentioned in the group.

  2. Bettyrose says:

    It’s the disappointment that keeps on giving. Britain is home to the most multicultural linguistically diverse city on earth. Yes as a result of centuries of colonialism but it’s still an amazing thing and something I always imagined the Brits to be proud of. Brexit-Pandemic-Sussexit has changed my view of Britain so much. I’d still gladly live in London opportunity presenting but stories like this really tarnish the shine of a pace I considered so unique.

    • ML says:

      BettyRose, “multicultural linguistically diverse city on earth” This is New York City. London is number 2.

      • Bettyrose says:

        It’s one of those things that’s hard to measure (like whether Tokyo or Mexico City is more populous). A quick Google search will claim NYC, London, and Manchester (!!) all hold this distinction. But why squabble? English cities are global leaders in multiculturalism. My point stands that it’s incredibly disappointing this isn’t a bigger source of pride.

      • ML says:

        National pride😌
        We spent part of this past summer in the UK, and I (not my Dutch husband) was asked often enough that it became irritating if I were going to learn English, or told that they understood American.

      • Lurker25 says:

        Ahem @bettyrose @ML, Houston is America’s most diverse city. Toronto is recognized as the most diverse in the world using the percent-born-in-another-country metric. Houston has 3rd and 4th Gen vietnamese, Nigerian, Guatemalan, etc (not to mention Mexican since TX belonged to Mexico), so it doesn’t ping even though it should.

      • ML says:

        Lurker25, I have no issue with Houston or Toronto being more diverse. Houston just as American as New York and Toronto is on the same continent. 😁

      • mika says:

        It’s not. It’s Toronto. Look it up.

      • B says:

        ML- how did you keep a straight face being asked if you were going to learn English? That is beyond pretentious.

        I would have laughed, cursed and taken my plastic to the next shop over.

        It’s kind of sad because I’d always sort of wanted to go to England someday but it really doesn’t sound like much fun anymore.

      • ML says:

        B, This specific behavior, either asking if I would be learning English or saying they understood my “American” irritated me by the end of my stay. Brits tend to do this in front of other Brits.
        However, I would not avoid the UK based on this. There are lots of really nice, funny, interesting people who live there! Wales is beautiful, Liverpool is full of energy, English literature comes to life on both the South coast and Northern Lake country and the Scottish are incredibly hospitable.

    • phlyfiremama says:

      Houston is actually the most diverse city in the USA, a metric determined NOT by population percentages but by types of cuisine. Houston has the largest diversity of ethnic and regional restaurants~

      • Bumblebee says:

        Washington D.C. and multiple suburbs of Northern VA enter the discussion…as absolutely the most diverse area in the USA.

  3. Jais says:

    And never was there a peep of condemnation from the RF. Press releases denying Botox and hair extensions but nothing about racism against Meghan. It is beyond shocking. Their actions have always signaled open season and it’s dangerous.

    • Bettyrose says:

      Very dangerous. History has proven time and again that when you get white men riled up over their privilege being usurped they get violent. There’s little question left that factors in the RF, media, and police force were stoking violent sentiment.

    • Amy Bee says:

      @Jais: I mean they can’t condemn what they believe in. A racist institution like the Royal Family would be in solidarity with a racist institution like the Met.

      • Jais says:

        This is true @amybee but it’s still shocking to me that they didn’t at least pretend to care more. I guess it’s like a bat signal to their base. But such a bad look to anyone else. The arrogance of it all.

      • Brassy Rebel says:

        If they didn’t think they needed to condemn the racist remarks in the media, they weren’t going to condemn what was happening within the Met Police force.

      • MF says:

        Reminds me of Trump and the GOP. Not only can they not condemn what they believe in, they know their base is racist. They’ve intentionally cultivated support from racists, so they can’t condemn racism without losing that support.

    • Mary Pester says:

      @Jais, yep, don’t upset the WHITE princess by telling the truth, but here’s a biracial princess, enjoy yourselves,and tell as many lies as you want! It makes me so fking angry. Harry and Megan tried so many times, to tell people what was happening, but the murdoch rags (at the behest of the Palace), kept calling them liars. Well NOW WE SEE the liars, and it’s the institution and the press. This isn’t even the first lot of police officers that were found guilty of this, and what about the white supremesists that were jailed last year, after calling Megan and Archie abominations, and saying they wanted to “put them to death”, no mention of that in America I expect, because the murdoch tentacles are starting to reach everywhere

  4. Normades says:

    Megan was never and will never be safe there. So glad they escaped and hope she never returns.

  5. hangonamin says:

    honestly i’m not shocked old white retired police are racist? does really speak to the whole system of racism in the police force in the UK…and as we know here. interestingly, they were not active police officers when they sent the message per all the news outlets. But i think it’s a clue into the types of attitudes and biases that leak into the system we aren’t even aware of. this is probably only the tip of the iceberg.

    • SarahCS says:

      Someone in the met being found guilty of doing something terrible means it must be a day ending in Y.

  6. Chantal says:

    So these morons posted racist and offensive jokes about their own Queen and other senior royals but said nothing about Chuckles the Clown or his mistress wife? Highly suspicious omission. I’m glad the article led with the egregious behavior towards Meghan. Maybe the idiotic detractors and apologists will finally stop with the bs propaganda that she didn’t face any racism when it’s obvious that it was all around her.

    But this is disgusting. What penalties can they be charged with? Will they get a slap on the wrist? Good grief – Even if Harry gets royal protection officers for his family again after his lawsuit, how can he even trust them with their safety? I hope Meghan and their kids stay far away from the UK bc neither this law enforcement entity nor “the firm” can be trusted.

    • Debbie says:

      Regarding the question of penalties, I wonder if they chose retirement in an effort to avoid termination from their jobs. That may be why they were described as retired officers but, either way, depending on the charges they pled guilty to, I wonder if that would affect their retirement benefits. That could be one way of penalizing public employees for bad behavior when they won’t see any actual jail time.

      • Couch Potato says:

        No doubt they were given the choice of retirement so they can call themselves that instead of fired. I doubt they can do anything about retirement benefits.

      • BeanieBean says:

        I think they were allowed to retire instead of getting fired.

  7. Amy Bee says:

    According to the British press, Meghan never faced racism in the UK. I have no doubt that Meghan constantly faced microaggression and outright racism from KP staff and other Palace officials as well.

  8. Apple says:

    I think a certain segment of the English population decided to use Meghan as a rallying point. It made them feel part of a community. It also makes them feel a kinship with the elite. Like, “oh the aristo’s dont like her either”, when before Meghan they hated kate for being a lump.

    Like prince philip of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderberg-Glücksburg aka qe2 husband said ” its not you it’s the role”. Kate became something because they needed a tool. Now that meghan is gone Kate will slowly become “workshy kate” again.

  9. pollyv says:

    It’s not clear to me from the story. Were these cops retired at the time they committed these offenses or have they retired since then or were they forced to retire? No doubt they’ve kept their full pension regardless of the circumstances.

  10. Jay says:

    I’m glad that these particular racists are being exposed, but I’m sure they are not the only ones. What do you want to bet that the Tory government officials these guys were protecting made similar “jokes” about Meghan?

    It’s no wonder RAVEC doesn’t think the Sussexes need protection – the calls are coming from inside the house!

    • notasugarhere says:

      One of the major anti-Meghan trolls on SM? Proven to be the 40 year old, basement-dwelling, unemployed son of a Met police commander. Thank you Christopher Bouzy for outing that guy, but nothing has been done to get the guy off social media. He keeps making new accounts and all the platforms let him.

  11. Sue E Generis says:

    Notice the way this is being reported. They are naming all the royals as if Meghan was just one of the whole group and they were all demeaned. It’s meant to minimize and hide the fact that it was Meghan who was the target.

  12. BlueNailsBetty says:

    So, to recap, the following are entities that are doing their best to make the UK unsafe for Meghan and her children:

    *Buckingham Palace
    *Kensington Palace
    *The Firm (literal power behind the throne)
    *The British Media
    *The Met police

    • Laura D says:

      Exactly @BlueNailsBetty – but, don’t forget we are continually told she was “welcomed with open arms!” It makes me want to weep.

      Notice how quiet the MSM are about this. It’s just a footnote somewhere on the inside pages. They’re all as guilty as one another. The woman never stood a chance. These people were supposed to protect her. No wonder she doesn’t want to step foot in the UK.

      • BlueNailsBetty says:

        “It makes me want to weep.”

        Same. And that’s just from what we know. I have no doubt it was so much worse but that we don’t know those details.

        Whatever she decides to do I’ll happily support her; if she never sets foot on that island then good for her. If she stealth modes in and out to support charities/small business then good for her. However, I doubt she has plans to go to Salt Island anytime in the near future.

        Also, what is hilarious is that the royals and BM all look down their noses at Hollywood but Hollywood has literally provided safety, refuge, and found family (in addition to Mama Doria and others of Meghan’s bio family) to the Sussexes. That amazing support system is one of the reasons Meghan and Harry are thriving. They are surrounded by genuine love and friendship which is the antithesis of how the royals treat their family and friends.

    • Mary Pester says:

      , I would also add, unless the person is useful to them @bluenailsbetty Exactly

  13. Becks1 says:

    Ugh, what an awful story. Meghan was never safe there, never welcomed.

  14. Eurydice says:

    I don’t remember the details of this story. I get the racism part and how it shows the attitudes toward Meghan – but the police department has said that these cops were no longer working for the department when they posted these messages. So, why would private citizens be arrested for what they posted in a private WhatsApp group?

    • BlueNailsBetty says:

      I don’t understand that either. Maybe some of the “jokes” were “funny” “threats”?

      Also, has it been confirmed they were retired when the “jokes” were made? There seems to be some confusion about that.

      • Eurydice says:

        In the AP article I read the Met police stated that these men were not working for the department when they made those posts between 2020 and 2022. I can only assume that’s true. I remember the BBC broke the story last year and did some kind of investigation, but I don’t remember anything else, like how they got the info.

    • Ellie says:

      @Eurydice This might help. It’s illegal to send these kind of messages in the U.K. using public platforms, whoever you are ❤️

      “s127(1) Communications Act 2003 isa summary offence, punishable by up to six months imprisonment and/or an unlimited fine. There is no right to a trial by jury. The section prevents the improper use of a public electronic communications network to send a grossly offensive, indecent, obscene, or menacing message.

      (1) A person is guilty of an offence if he—

      (a) sends by means of a public electronic communications network a message or other matter that is grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character; or

      (b) causes any such message or matter to be so sent.”

  15. Stonecoldjaneausten says:

    My goodness, and this is just what has been made public. I don’t blame Meghan one bit for never stepping foot in the UK again (if that is, in fact, true).

    I don’t understand the British media and lack of self awareness. My personal take (my husband is English and I’ve lived in the UK, though we now reside in the US) is that many English people don’t like outsiders. I think it’s mostly unconscious because if you were to bring this to their attention, they would deny it. One example is the British obsession with accents. Someone speaks and they’re all listening, determining where you’re from in the UK, and sizing you up. I’d speak, and immediately be asked where I’m from (Canada? America? Australia?).

    When I asked my in laws what’s with the obsession with accents, they’d say it is because they’re so “fascinated” and “interested.” But I found it disconcerting because it felt like an immediate acknowledgment that I’m an outsider. Once they knew which category to put me in, they could determine how far below them I am.

    Not all British people are like this, of course; many are lovely. But I’d say around 75% of people I met would fall into this category.

    • Sue E Generis says:

      Britain has an incredibly rigid and complex caste system. They are bred to focus on that first. The accent determines your tribe, then they move on to class. They are obsessed with hierarchy. You’re correct that I don’t think most ordinary people are even aware of this in themselves because it’s so innate. It’s part of their dna now.

  16. Steph says:

    Kaiser says fired but the article says retired. This is a case where the words matter. It speaks to what the Met will allow. Bc I’m sure even if it was forced whatever benefits they could get upon retiring would still be available.

    I think maybe I’m so hung up on this bc it feels like more of the same. Cops are racists and are continually getting at most slapped in the wrist for it. Maybe bc they also mocked the Queen they might actually face punishment.

    • Debbie says:

      It does not sound like the cops mocked the queen or any other member of the royal family. The writer appears to have lumped in the names of others who were mentioned the racist remarks along with Meghan’s in order to blur the issue or minimize what was done to Meghan and her family. From the small details provided, it seems like the cops used the white family members to say racist things about the Sussex family. So, the whites weren’t being maligned at all and that might explain why the politicians being guarded and the BRF once again took no action and released no statements condemning what happened because after reviewing the whole situation, they all thought, “Eh, we’re fine. It’s only Meghan. Next!” One would think that, even if they didn’t really care about what happened to Meghan’s family, they would at least say something regarding their constituents who were members of the groups being maligned too, but nope, not a word.

  17. QuiteContrary says:

    Remember when Charles and William were furious because Henry issued a statement in 2016 condemning the racism to which Meghan was being subjected?

    As Harry recalled in “Spare,” Charles and William were angry because they hadn’t released statements defending their girlfriends or wives from harassment. As if the commentary about Waity was anything like the hate directed at Meghan.

    Harry was so right when he said his family was unwilling to protect Meghan (and in fact, the family was just fine with the racist vitriol). And H&M were so smart to leave England.

  18. poppedbubble says:

    But tell me how there’s no racism there, only classism. Also, it’s not “allegedly” if they pled guilty.

  19. MinorityReport says:

    It will never happen, but if Charles publicly condemned these officers (which he can do easily since they plead guilty), he could score an easy PR win without doing a damn thing.

  20. ThatsNotOkay says:

    One of the Racist Six is going to trial, so this story isn’t dying yet. It’ll be very interactive to follow…

  21. Vanessa says:

    Once again the media is trying to downplay the real danger that Meghan is in by adding the other Royal family into this situation . It’s exactly the same thing like when Meghan was in the Royal family and people were noticed the vile disgusting racist comments directed towards Meghan on social media. People were talking about it then all of suddenly Kensington Palace release a statement condemning the abuse but had to mention that Kate was also a victim too . The British tabloids and the royal family helped drive the hate and abused directed towards Meghan and wonder why Meghan refuse to step feet in their country .

  22. B says:

    She might be a symbol of supremacy -to- -royalists.-

  23. AC says:

    The UK has a serious racism issue that they literally do not want to admit. To them, it’s only the US who are racists. 🙄

  24. blunt talker says:

    Meghan has every right to feel insafe traveling to the UK-the people who suppose to protect her and her family are using racist rhetoric towards her and some have used it against the kids and Harry-when you talk about putting someone down because you disagree with their life choices-then Meghan has the right for self-preservation and safety for herself and her family-I see why Harry travels in a stealth mode-there people out in the world who want harm to come to them-God please keep the entire Sussex family safe and in your protective hands.