It's not all wedding dress fittings and visits to Scotland for Meghan Markle. The 36-year-old actress was initiated into the darker side of life as a royal when a package containing white powder was sent to her at St James Palace.

Naturally future Princesses don't go around opening their own mail and the package was intercepted by a member of staff who found white powder and a letter inside. Anthrax, a horrific disease, can be weaponised by being turned into a white powder. In it's respiratory form, there's an 80 per cent chance of death. 

The staffer turned the package over to police for investigation. Police are treating it as a racist hate crime.

There are no details of what the letter said, but it's understood that the note was "racist". Meghan is mixed-race and has been the subject of nasty racist abuse online, particularly since she and Harry announced their engagement.

"The substance was tested and confirmed as non-suspicious," a spokesman for the police said. "Officers are also investigating an allegation of malicious communications which relates to the same package, and it is being treated as a racist hate crime."

No arrests have been made, but we're glad Meghan is safe and sound.

Royal anthrax scare: white powder sent in letter to Meghan Markle