A senior police officer has revealed the Duchess of Sussex was subject to several “disgusting” threats on her life, adding they were “very real” and led to prosecutions.

Neil Basu, the outgoing assistant commissioner of the Metropolitan police, told Channel 4 News that the threats were all deemed credible, saying Meghan Markle would’ve felt “under threat all of the time”.

These threats were made while Prince Harry and Meghan were still living in the UK, and working as senior members of the royal family.

His comments on the threat to Meghan’s life could shed new light on Harry’s determination to grant the couple extra security for any future visits to the UK.

Earlier this year, Prince Harry claimed his family would not feel safe in England under the current security agreements, and The Duke of Sussex subsequently won the right to challenge a Home Office decision not to grant him automatic police protection when he is in the UK – despite offering to pay for it himself.

When asked if there had been many credible threats against Meghan’s life, Basu answered, “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 added, “We had teams investigating it. People have been prosecuted for those threats.”

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This article first appeared on OverSixty.