The Duchess of Sussex and husband Prince Harry called the young Althea Bernstein over the weekend to “offer their support and hopefully be a small source of comfort”, after a young woman reported a brutal attack by a group of white men.
According to NBC News, police in Madison has launched a hate crime investigation.
The young woman said a group of white men doused her with lighter fluid and set her on fire.
The police department’s incident report states that Bernstein told investigators that she saw four white men, approach her vehicle before the incident occurred.
“The victim believes she was driving on W. Gorham St. when she stopped for a red light at State St.,” Madison police wrote in a news release.
“Her driver’s side window was down and she heard someone yell out a racial epithet.
“She looked and saw four men, all white.
“She says one used a spray bottle to deploy a liquid on her face and neck, and then threw a flaming lighter at her, causing the liquid to ignite.”
Additionally, the report states that Bernstein was able to put out the flames and drove home.
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He said: “Her and Meghan talked about the importance of self care and allowing herself to heal,” Johnson said, per Channel 3000.
“And she applauded her for the way that she responded and pretty much said, ‘Hey Michael, give me her cellphone number.
“I want to stay in touch. And let me know when you want me to come back and talk to people in Wisconsin.”
Johnson added that Bernstein was “moved” by the conversation with Meghan and Harry.
“She’s struggling,” Johnson also shared.
“It’s a challenge for her, it’s very, very emotional.
“I talked to her three or four times today, and I’ll tell you Meghan lifted her spirits.”
Further, Johnson shared with the Wisconsin news channel that the Duchess advised Bernstein to stay off social media to avoid reading negative comments.