Ukip leader's girlfriend, Jo Marney, suspended over 'racist' Meghan Markle comments

Henry Bolton and Jo Marney's selfie

The leader of Britain's eurosceptic UK Independence Party faced calls on Sunday to stand down after a newspaper published racist messages sent by his girlfriend about Prince Harry's fiancee Meghan Markle.

The 54-year-old was already in hot water after he left his wife and two young children for 25-year-old Jo Marney, whom he met in December.

Jo Marney said in a series of text messages to a friend that the Prince's "black American" fiancee will "taint" the Royal family with "her seed" and pave the way for a "black king", according to a report by the Mail on Sunday.

Following the incident, Marney apologized for her comments and said that they were taken out of context.

The suspension comes as Mr Bolton faces an investigation by senior party officials into his private life that may have consequences for his future as UKIP leader. He must go quickly, he must go quietly, as soon as possible.

"It appears to me that the lack of experience in politics from Henry has got the better of him", he said in a video statement, describing the last few months as "hell" for the party.

Party chairman Paul Oakden said he chose to suspend Marney's party membership immediately after he was made aware of the messages.

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"This person should not just be suspended. but expelled altogether", he said.

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". The opinions I expressed were deliberately exaggerated in order to make a point and have, to an extent, been taken out of context.

Marney's boyfriend, Bolton, was also criticized recently after he chose to leave his wife, Tatiana Smurova, so he could be with his much younger girlfriend.

He left his wife Tatiana, 42, who gave birth to their second daughter at London's St Pancras station in 2016 after going into labour on a train, prior to his relationship with Ms Marney becoming public.

Ukip's National Executive Committee is set to meet on Thursday to decide the party leader's fate.

In another text, Marney said that she will never have sex with a "negro" because she considers them "ugly".

In replying Mr Bolton tweeted: "Jo was suspended immediately upon us receiving this information".

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