UKIP leader's girlfriend suspended for racist Meghan Markle remarks

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A woman romantically linked to the far-right UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader Henry Bolton was suspended from the party after offensive text messages she wrote about Prince Harry's fiancee, American actor Meghan Markle, were published on the Mail on Sunday.

In a statement to the newspaper Ms Marney said: "I apologise unreservedly for the shocking language I used".

"Whether or not the party decides it willing to give that support to Henry is for the party to decide". At last year's election in June, UKIP won 1.8 percent of the vote.

"This is entirely based on his professional performance, not his private life".

UKIP MEP Bill Etheridge called for Mr Bolton to resign.

"She has to go or he and @UKIP are doomed if we let this behaviour happen in the party", the teenage activist said.

"Henry", he added: "Go now".

This development prompted UKIP chairman Paul Oakden to announce that Marney's membership in the party has been suspended pending an investigation.

Markle, who will Wednesday Harry in May, has spoken publicly and written about being biracial, including how it affected her acting career.

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Peter Whittle, a UKIP member of the London Assembly, tweeted: "These are disgraceful remarks".

"Ukip does not, has not and never will condone racism", he told the Mail on Sunday.

Mr 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 Ukip leader confirmed that he had a "change in my relationship status" in recent weeks, although he denied reports that it had involved "a clandestine affair with a young lady who happens also to be a member of Ukip".

He claimed that his marriage to Ms Smurova was already over when he met Miss Marney, and has said: 'I have no doubt I'm going to come out of this, and Jo and I are going to come out of this as a couple, stronger than we went into it'.

He tweeted: "Utterly false!"

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If Mr Bolton is ousted by the party's ruling National Executive Committee on Thursday, it would leave the party having to elect its fifth leader in barely 18 months.

After Marney's text publications, some UKIP politicians were calling for Bolton's resignation, Reuters reported. When informed that one of her messages were racist, she replied by saying "so what?"