A British court heard that two white nationalist podcasters stated Prince Harry should be “judicially killed for treason” for marrying Meghan Markle and called their son, 3-year-old Archie, an “abomination that should be put down.”
According to the British daily the Sun, the court proceedings reveal a shocking and extreme level of racist abuse directed at the couple.
Prince Harry stated earlier this year that it was “not safe” for him or his family to visit the United Kingdom without special police protection, and he is suing the British government over changes to his and his family’s security standards since they quit functioning as members of the royal family, as per iol reported.
Meghan, 41, has previously called her experience of being abused online “almost unsurvivable,” and in 2020 she told a podcast entitled Teenager Therapy: “I’m told that in 2019, I was the most trolled person in the entire world, male or female.”
While much of the abuse aimed at the Sussex family has been anonymous, British authorities believe that Christopher Gibbons, 38, and his fellow podcast presenter Tyrone Patten-Walsh, 34, openly made threatening and abusive comments on their podcast, Black Wolf Radio, while claiming free speech, according to Yahoo.
The couple, who deny encouraging acts of extreme right-wing terrorism, allegedly praised the 2019 New Zealand mass shooting that killed 51 people at two mosques during Friday prayers in a series of 23 podcasts. They also referred to the victims of the 2017 Manchester Arena suicide bomb attack, in which 22 people attending an Ariana Grande concert were killed, as “sluts.” Patten-Walsh allegedly said, “They start screaming and that’s the bit that really pleases me because I hate those people.”
Prosecutor Anne Whyte QC told Kingston Crown Court, “They thought that if they used the format of a radio show, as good as in plain sight, they could pass off their venture as the legitimate exercise of their freedom of speech. In fact, what they were doing was using language designed to encourage others to commit acts of extreme right-wing terrorism against the sections of society that these defendants hated.”
In an interview with Oprah Winfrey, Meghan and Harry claimed that racism within the royal family was a factor in their decision to leave their jobs as working royals. When Meghan was pregnant, her husband was questioned about the likely skin tone of her then-unborn son, and “concerns” were raised about the issue.
The couple also complained of racist abuse when they first revealed they were dating, with Harry writing a letter decrying “the smear on the front page of a national newspaper; the racial undertones of comment pieces; and the outright sexism and racism of social media trolls and web article comments.”
One British writer, Rachel Johnson, sister of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, wrote in the Washingtonpost when the relationship was first reported that if the couple had children, “the Windsors will thicken their watery, thin blue blood and Spencer pale skin and ginger hair with some rich and exotic DNA.”
Johnson subsequently apologized for making the remark.