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UK party suspends leader's girlfriend over Markle remarks

The U.K. Independence Party has suspended the girlfriend of the party's leader after she reportedly made racist remarks about Prince Harry's fiancee, American actress Meghan Markle

Published on January 14, 2018 8:21AM

Last changed on January 14, 2018 1:14PM

FILE - In this file photo dated Monday, Dec. 25, 2017, Meghan Markle fiancee of Prince Harry walks with members of the British Royal family for the traditional Christmas Day church service, at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, England.  The U.K. Independence Party has suspended the membership of Jo Marney, the girlfriend of the party's leader, Sunday Jan. 14, 2018, after she reportedly made racist remarks about Markle.(AP Photo/Alastair Grant, FILE)

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FILE - In this file photo dated Monday, Dec. 25, 2017, Meghan Markle fiancee of Prince Harry walks with members of the British Royal family for the traditional Christmas Day church service, at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, England. The U.K. Independence Party has suspended the membership of Jo Marney, the girlfriend of the party's leader, Sunday Jan. 14, 2018, after she reportedly made racist remarks about Markle.(AP Photo/Alastair Grant, FILE)


LONDON (AP) The U.K. Independence Party has suspended the membership of the girlfriend of the party's leader after she reportedly made racist remarks about Prince Harry's fiancee, American actress Meghan Markle.

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

The Mail on Sunday newspaper reported that the 25-year-old Marney made offensive comments about Markle and black people, including calling them "ugly."

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

Party leader Henry Bolton said Marney's membership in UKIP was suspended immediately. Marney doesn't hold an official post in the party.



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