UK politician's model girlfriend suspended after reported 'vile' Meghan Markle remarks
UKIP leader Henry Bolton's girlfriend apologized after making "racist" Meghan Markle remarks commenting on the duchess-to-be's biracial background. (Twitter/Reuters)
The model girlfriend of a United Kingdom Independent Party leader was suspended from the political party after she reportedly made âracistâ remarks about Meghan Markle, saying the duchess-to-be has a âtiny brainâ and will âtaintâ the Royal family with âher seed.â
Henry Boltonâs girlfriend, Jo Marney, apologized on Sunday for her âshocking languageâ in a series of text messages she sent to a friend, the Associated Press reported. The 25-year-old , who describes herself as a âpresenter, music journalist, model, actor [and] Brexiteer,â said her words were âtaken out of context.â
In the text messages, published by The Mail on Sunday, Marney said Prince Harryâs âblack Americanâ fiancÃ©e will pave the way for a âblack kingâ in the British monarchy. She also called Markle a âdumb little commonerâ who is âobsessed with race.â She reportedly told her friend that she believed black people were âuglyâ and ânot [her] thing.â
âThis is Britain. Not Africa,â she texted. When he r friend accused her of being racist, she replied: âLol so what... Not wanting other races and cultures to invade your own culture doesnât mean I hate their race. Just means I donât want their cultures invading mine.â
The texts were sent three weeks before her relationship began with Bolton, The Mail on Sunday reported.
Bolton, 54, also addressed the incident while replying to two tweets, including UKIP London Assembly leader Peter Whittle calling Marneyâs comments âdisgraceful.â
âJo was suspended immediately upon us receiving this information,â Bolton tweeted.
Bolton was elected UKIP leader in September, Sky News reported. His relationship with Marney has been shrouded in controversy since he announced earlier this month that he and his wife Tatiana, 42, split. Bolton has two children with Tatiana.
The UKIP leader denied having a âcland estine affairâ with Marney, who is a UKIP member but does not hold an official post in the party. The couple reportedly met just before Christmas.
UKIP chairman Paul Oakden also told The Mail on Sunday: âIn 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.â
Markle, who will marry Harry on May 19 at St. Georgeâs Chapel in Windsor Castle, has previously spoke about being biracial and how that affected her acting career. Kensington Pa lace released a statement in November 2016 formally addressing Harryâs relationship with the then âSuitsâ actress and slamming âoutright sexism and racismâ in articles and social media comments.
Queen Elizabeth's fi rst cousin, Princess Michael of Kent, also received backlash after she showed up to a Christmas lunch in December sporting a brooch in a blackamoor style, which romanticizes slavery and is widely considered racially insensitive. She released a statement through a royal rep saying she was âvery sorry and distressedâ about the backlash the brooch caused.
The Associate Press contributed to this report.
Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter at @bykatherinelamSource: Google News United Kingdom | Netizen 24 United Kingdom