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 the texts, Marney gave a list of reasons why she doesn’t like Markle. “She’s a ‘gender equality’ t*** She is obsessed with race and her seen with [sic] taint our royal family. Just a dumb little commoner. Tiny brain,” she wrote, adding “She’s black. A dumb little ‘actress’ that no one has heard of. This is Britain, not Africa.”
Marney then laughed off an accusation of racism from her interlocutor. “Lol so what,” she wrote, when the other person called her racist. “She’s a black American. Pushing their way to the top slowly slowly. Next will be a Muslim PM and a black king,” Marney added.
Calls for the suspension and expulsion of Jo Marney, who describes herself as a “Presenter. Music Journalist. Model. Actor. Brexiteer” on Twitter, followed soon after the publication of the article. The text were also described as “racist” by some members of the party, which itself has often had to fend off accusations of racism.
“Her words were blatantly racist and there should be no room for that in UKIP,” wrote party member Jack Penny on Twitter, after calling Marney the “Wallis Simpson of UKIP,” referring to the American divorcee with alleged Nazi sympathies that King Edward VIII married after abdicating.
“Also it would be hypocritical to allow her to stay because he said in the leadership election he was the candidate against racism and nazis so she has to go or he and UKIP are doomed if we let this behaviour happen in the party,” the 16-year-old UKIP activist added.
Penny was one of many voices calling for punishing Marney for her statements. UKIP’s London Assembly Member Peter Whittle called the remarks “disgraceful” and called for her expulsion.
Bolton first responded to Penny’s tweet, saying Marney “was suspended immediately upon us receiving this information” and later addressed Whittle’s tweet in a similar fashion, but did not add any comment in relation to a possible expulsion.
Marney’s texts about Markle weren’t the only time she expressed offensive views. Social media posts unearthed by the British tabloid the Sun after revealing Marney’s relationship with Bolton show her calling London a “shanty town” because of “foreigners bringing their customs over here” and also branding women accusing Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and assault as “whinging little divas.”