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The leader of Britain's anti-EU, anti-immigration UK Independence Party (UKIP) faced calls to resign today after his girlfriend reportedly made racist remarks about Prince Harry's fiancee Meghan Markle.
Henry Bolton, who was elected in September, said his 25- year-old partner Jo Marney had been suspended from the party after the text messages were published in the Mail on Sunday newspaper.
According to the tabloid, Marney wrote messages to a friend complaining that Markle -- an American actress of mixed race who is due to marry Harry in May -- would "taint our royal family" with her "seed".
"Next will be a Muslim PM (prime minister). And a black king," she was reported to have written.
In a statement, Marney said her remarks were "deliberately exaggerated to make a point" and were taken out of context, but "I fully recognise the offence they have caused".
Bolton is the third elected leader of UKIP since Nigel Farage resigned after helping secure a vote to leave European Union in June 2016, and the party has struggled to find a role.
Oakden said the coming year would be "crucial" for Brexit negotiations, adding: "We need to be behind our leader 100 percent in taking that battle forward.
"Whether or not the party decides it willing to give that support to Henry is for the party to decide."
UKIP MEP Bill Etheridge said: "We are seeing UKIP resources used to defend Henry's private life.
"Henry does not have the experience, the political nous or advice to deal with the issues he faces.... He must go, he must go quickly, he must go as quietly as possible."
Peter Whittle, a UKIP member of the London Assembly, tweeted: "These are disgraceful remarks. This person should not just be suspended from @UKIP but expelled altogether.
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