The girlfriend of UKIP’s leader, Jo Marney, has made racist comments about Prince Harry’s fiancee, Meghan Markle, ‘tainting’ the Royal Family, in a series of text messages published by the Mail on Sunday.
In these messages, the model made various comments about Ms Markle and black people. Ms Marney said the American actress would ‘taint’ the royal bloodline with ‘her seed’ and pave the way for a ‘black king’.
She also claimed Meghan has ‘a tiny brain’, describing her as ‘a scrubber’ and a ‘gender equality t***’ who is ‘obsessed with race’ and a ‘dumb little commoner’.
The 25-year-old also wrote that she would never have sex with ‘a negro’ because they are ‘ugly’.
Marney, partner of party leader Henry Bolton, has since been suspended from the party, known for its right-wing views and fiercely anti-EU stance. Bolton declined to comment.
The Mail on Sunday said Ms Marney sent the messages three weeks before her relationship with Mr Bolton started.
Marney with Henry Bolton
— Jo Marney (@Jo_Marney) December 16, 2017
The recipient of the messages, who has not been identified, replied to suggest her comments were racist. Marney wrote back: “so what?” and said she did not want other races invading her culture.
She has apologised and said her messages had been taken out of context, releasing this statement: “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 has confirmed that Ms Marney’s membership to the party has been suspended, but some members have called for her permanent removal. Peter Whittle, who was once deputy leader of UKIP, tweeted: “These are disgraceful remarks. This person should not just be suspended… but expelled altogether.”
When Meghan, 36, and Harry, 33, first started dating, the Prince released a rare statement, accusing the media of racism and intrusion into the actress’ life, noting he was ‘deeply disappointed’ he could not protect her from the harassment.
“Some of this has been very public – the smear on the front page of a national newspaper; the racial undertones of comment pieces; and the outright sexism and racism of social media trolls and web article comments,” the statement said.