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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 24 June 2018

UK party suspends leader's girlfriend over racist Meghan Markle remarks

The Mail on Sunday newspaper reported that Jo Marney made racist comments about Markle and black people, including calling them 'ugly'

Meghan Markle meets members of the public following a visit to the Reprezent 107.3FM radion station in Brixton, London on January 9, 2018. Dominic Lipinski - WPA Pool / Getty Images
Meghan Markle meets members of the public following a visit to the Reprezent 107.3FM radion station in Brixton, London on January 9, 2018. Dominic Lipinski - WPA Pool / Getty Images

The UK Independence Party (Ukip) has suspended its leader's girlfriend after she reportedly made racist remarks about Prince Harry's fiancée, Meghan Markle.

In a statement, Jo Marney apologised for the "shocking language" she used in a series of text messages to a friend, but said they had been "taken out of context".

The Mail on Sunday newspaper reported that Ms Marney, 25, made racist comments about Markle and black people, including calling them "ugly".

Markle, who will wed Prince Harry in May, has spoken out about being biracial and how that affected her acting career.

Ukip party leader Henry Bolton said Ms Marney's membership in the party had been suspended immediately. She doesn't hold an official post in the party.

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