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Priti Patel has rubbished claims that Meghan Markle has faced racist press coverage and insisted people of any background can 'get on in life' in Britain.
The Home Secretary today rejected suggestions that racism has driven negative media reports about the Duchess of Sussex saying she had not seen 'things of that nature.'
Ms - Patel - Comments - Royals - Race
Ms Patel's comments come as senior royals race to thrash out plans for Prince Harry and Meghan's future following the couple's bombshell announcement that they plan to 'step back' as senior royals.
The Cabinet minister has been drawn into the row as she will need to be involved in the decision on the future of their taxpayer funded security - said to be between £600,000 to £1million a year - if they take part in fewer royal events.
November - Harry - Abuse - Harassment - US
In November 2016, Harry lashed out at the 'wave of abuse and harassment' the US actress had faced from the media – citing the 'racial undertones of comment pieces' among his concerns.
Ms Patel, speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, said: 'I'm not in that category at all where I believe there's racism at all.
Country - Society - Opportunity - People - Background
'I think we live in a great country, a great society, full of opportunity, where people of any background can get on in life.'
Asked if the media had been in any way racist, she replied: 'I don't think so, no… I certainly haven't seen that through any debates or commentary or things of that nature.'
Royal - Security - Arrangements - Duke - Duchess
Slashing the Royal security arrangements for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be part of the negotiations at today's crunch 'Sandringham Summit',
Sources told the Mail On Sunday that Security Minister Brandon Lewis and Ms Patel have stressed the importance of continued – if reduced – protection for the pair.
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Yet the couple may have their security downgraded with protection squad officers...
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