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Partner of UKIP leader suspended by party over racist comments about Meghan Markle

The girlfriend of Henry Bolton, the leader of UKIP, has been suspended from the party after she made deeply offensive and racist comments about royal bride-to-be Meghan Markle.

According to the Mail on Sunday, 25-year-old Jo Marney claimed that Meghan would ‘taint’ The Royal Family with ‘her seed’ and pave the way for a ‘black King’.

In messages to a friend, Miss Marney describes Meghan as ‘a scrubber’ and a ‘gender equality t***’ who is a ‘dumb little commoner… obsessed with race.’

In the conversation, she also says ‘next will be a Muslim PM. And a black king,’ adding ‘this is Britain, not Africa.’

Following The Mail’s report, Miss Marney released a statement, saying: “I apologise unreservedly for the shocking language I used. The opinions I expressed were deliberately exaggerated in order to make a point and have, to an extent, been taken out of context. Yet I fully recognise the offence they have caused.

“No offence was intended and, again, I apologise unreservedly for any such offence or hurt that my messages have caused to members of the public, members of Ukip my friends, family and loved ones.

“I have disappointed them all and let myself down. I cannot sufficiently express my regret and sadness at having done so.”

UKIP chairman Paul Oakden said: “In light of messages that have been brought to my attention, I have taken the decision to immediately suspend her party membership pending an investigation. Ukip does not, has not and never will condone racism.”

It emerged a couple of weeks ago that UKIP Leader, Henry Bolton, was in a relationship with Miss Marney, who is a model.

He is now facing calls to resign, with the party’s National Executive Committee meeting on Thursday to decide his future.

If Mr Bolton resigned or is sacked by UKIP, the party will elect its fifth leader in 18 months.

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