The royal family suffered a security scare ahead of the wedding of Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex last year, as reports in the British media have revealed the details of a seemingly ominous death threat that was emailed to a member of the royal family in the lead-up to the big day.
According to British newspaper The Telegraph, the Duke of York received a concerning email just days before the momentous occasion with the alleged sender seeming to hint that there would be a bomb explosion.
Prince Andrew was reportedly sent the message which claimed the wedding – which took place at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, in May 2018 – would be “a blast”.
Mohammad Jibra-Eel Saleh, who also claimed to be the “Muslim Prince of Spain” in the correspondence, has since been arrested and appeared in Leicester Crown Court in relation to the crime.
The Telegraph reports the court heard Saleh contacted Prince Andrew 12 days before the Duke and Duchess of Sussex tied the knot, warning the Queen’s son “we’re at war”. It was also revealed that similar abusive emails were sent to the British Cabinet Office and the Ministry of Defence.
The threatening email to the duke, whose own daughter Princess Eugenie also got married in 2018, reportedly read: “You f***ing stupid British royal family. I am the Muslim Prince of Spain married to the illegitimate daughter of the former King of Spain Juan Carlos’s daughter called Marguerita.
“All you British royal family are going to die for having me arrested and tortured in prison in Netherlands. We’re at war, b***h. Your grandson [sic] wedding is going to be a blast.”
While the email refers to “your grandson” it’s reportedly believed it was in relation to Harry and Meghan’s wedding, with claims that Salah had intended to send the email to Prince Phillip.
Police in the UK tracked down Salah and arrested him two days before the big day. Salah initially pleaded not guilty to the charges but was found guilty in March, despite suspicions he was dealing with mental health issues, The Telegraph reports.
Salah was granted unconditional bail and remains at home until his next court appearance where he is set to face sentencing.
The shocking reports follow news last week that Harry and Meghan will remain private about the birth of their first child which is expected to arrive in late April, early May.
Buckingham Palace confirmed in a statement that the young royals will not follow in the footsteps of Prince William and Kate and instead keep details of their first child under wraps until after they have settled in together.
Rather than posing for photos outside a hospital, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will remain behind closed doors for a short while after welcoming their baby into the world.
“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very grateful for the goodwill they have received from people throughout the United Kingdom and around the world as they prepare to welcome their baby,” the palace said in a statement shared online by ITV Royal Editor Chris Ship.
“Their Royal Highnesses have taken a personal decision to keep the plans around the arrival of their baby private.
“The Duke and Duchess look forward to sharing the exciting news with everyone once they have had an opportunity to celebrate privately as a new family.”