Ever since the British Royal Family has announced Prince Harryâ€™s engagement to American actress Meghan Markle, the response in the UK has been a mixed bag of emotions. While most have accepted the union, some seem to have a downright racist opinion on it. The latest to do the latter is the leader of UKIP â€“ Henry Boltonâ€™s girlfriend, Jo Marney.
In a series of private posts sent to a friend,Â Jo Marney worried that Prince Harryâ€™sÂ â€˜black Americanâ€™ fiancÃ©e will â€˜taintâ€™ the Royal Family with â€˜her seedâ€™ and make way for a â€˜black king.â€™
TheÂ 54-year-old UKIP MP is now struggling to hold onto his post after a British tabloid published the string of racist text messages.
Marney also called Meghan a â€˜dumb little commonerâ€™ with a â€˜tiny brainâ€™ who is â€˜obsessed with race.â€™
Her friend posted in reply, â€œracist.â€
â€œLOL, so what? Not wanting other races and cultures to invade your own culture doesnâ€™t mean I hate their race. Just means I donâ€™t want their cultures invading mine,â€ she answered.
British media reported that senior UKIP members had given Bolton an ultimatum: Resign immediately or split with his girlfriend. He then chose to do the latter.
In a painfully awkward interview Monday morning on BBC Radio 4â€™s Today program, Henry Bolton announced the couple was no longer an item.
â€œThe romantic element of the relationship is over, Iâ€™m afraid, as of last night,â€ he said.