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UKIP suspends leader's girlfriend after Meghan Markle texts

PICTURED: Henry Bolton and Jo Marley (Photo credit: Facebook)

THE GIRLFRIEND of Ukip leader Henry Bolton has apologised for racist remarks she made about Meghan Markle, calling them 'reckless and unnecessary'.

Jo Marney, sent a series of racist text messages, which were published by Mail Online where she said Prince Harry's 'black American' fiancee will 'taint' the Royal Family with 'her seed' and pave the way for a 'black king'.

The Mail on Sunday said Marney sent the messages three weeks before her relationship with Mr Bolton started.

When a reply to one of her messages suggested her comments were racist, she added "so what?" and said she did not want other races invading her culture.

Speaking outside her home today (Jan 14) to Mail Online, Marney said: "I'd like to say I'm absolutely devastated by the messages that I've sent and the distress that I've caused anyone by those messages.

CENTRE: Meghan Markle (Photo credit: Getty Images)

"They were unnecessary, they were reckless, they were overly exaggerated purely for effect.

"They were never intended to be put in the public domain and I'd like to take this opportunity to offer my sincere and deepest apologies to anyone I've hurt and for the distress and embarrassment I've caused my family, friends and the party."

The 54-year-old party leader, whose relationship with Marney has also led to demands for him to quit, was told by Ukip West Midlands MEP Bill Etheridge after the texts surfaced: "Go now. Go quietly and leave us to deal with what's left."

Bolton, whose relationship with Ms Marney is under investigation by the party, said today that she had been suspended 'immediately upon us receiving this information'.

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