UKIP leader's girlfriend suspended for racist comments about Meghan Markle

Meghan Markle

The crisis engulfing the leader of Ukip deepened today after his girlfriend was suspended for allegedly making racist remarks about Meghan Markle.

"He is already facing criticism about his relationship with Ms Marney after claims he misled the party about his marriage split with his 42-year-old wife, by whom he has two young children".

According to the tabloid, Marney wrote messages to a friend complaining that Markle - an American actress of mixed race who is due to marry Harry in May - would "taint our royal family" with her "seed".

Ms Marney later apologised "unreservedly" for the "shocking language" she used in the messages.

Marney sent the text messages to a male friend three weeks before her relationship with Bolton became public.

"It is quite apparent that he does not have the experience, the nous, or the correct advice to deal with the issues that he faces". He must go quickly, he must go quietly, as soon as possible.

Ms Marney also describes Ms Markle, whose mother is black and whose father is white, as "a scrubber" and a "gender equality t***' who is "obsessed with race" and a 'dumb little commoner".

Marney wrote that Markle, a USA actress whose mother is black and father is white, will "taint" the royal family, the paper quoted one of her messages as saying.

UKIP's Bill Etheridge, a member of the European parliament, said: "The time has come for Henry Bolton to resign as leader of UKIP".

Peter Whittle, former deputy leader of Ukip, called for Marney to be permanently suspended, tweeting: "These are disgraceful remarks".

Senior party officials are to discuss the leader's private life at a crunch meeting over his future later this month.

On Sunday he was accused on Twitter of being in Ms Marney's company when he appeared on television in mid-October. When informed that one of her messages were racist, she replied by saying "so what?" The opinions I expressed were deliberately exaggerated in order to make a point and have, to an extent, been taken out of context.

Bolton, 54, announced on Twitter that his girlfriend "was suspended immediately following our receipt of the information". "Yet I fully recognise the offence they have caused", Marney said in a statement.

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