This 1 Horrible Comment About Meghan Markle Blew Up the Internet
After becoming engaged and getting married to Prince Harry, Meghan Markle has been stealing headlines on a daily basis. Most of the time, it has to do with what she wore to an event or royal rules she broke for her wedding. But in early 2018, Markle was in the headlines for a very different reason. Here is the story behind the terrible comment about Markle that blew up the internet, the apparent racism involved (page 4 and 5), and the backlash (page 6).
Who is involved
The controversy started with comments made by Jo Marney. She is a former model and until recently was a member of the UK Independence Party. She began garnering attention when she started dating UKIP leader Henry Bolton. (More on that in just a bit.) The relationship spawned controversy because Bolton reportedly left his wife for Marney just before Christmas 2017.
Next: How are Marney and Markle connected?
What was said
Marney was thrust further into the spotlight when messages between her and a friend talking about Markle became public. In the exchange, Marney went off on a tirade, saying Markle’s “seed will taint the royal family” and lead to a “black king.” She also referred to Markle as a “dumb little commoner” who is “obsessed with race.” When the other person in the messages called Marney a racist, she responded by saying, “So what?”
Next: Clearly, this exchange didn’t stay private.
How did this become public?
The Daily Mail obtained a copy of the messages and revealed them in a screenshot Jan. 14. It wasn’t immediately clear how the Mail came into possession of the messages. Marney very quickly issued an apology, saying her messages were “taken out of context” and not meant to cause any offense.
Next: It gets worse.
Even more explicit
As if that weren’t enough, Marney went further. She continued on to say that she would never have sex with “a n****,” because they’re all “ugly,” “not my thing,” and they “don’t turn me on.” She went on to say, “Not wanting other races and cultures to invade your own culture doesn’t mean I hate their race.”
Taken out of context? Yeah, OK Marney.
Next: What about immigrants?
It seems Marney doesn’t limit her hateful comments. Further in her texts, she lashes out at immigrants by claiming the U.K. is facing “an immigration problem.” She goes on to say, “This is Britain. Not Africa.” She seems to fear folks of other races having positions of power, writing that they are “pushing their way to the top slowly slowly. Next will be a Muslim PM.”
Next: But did her apology smooth things over?
Despite her apology, Marney’s messages immediately blew up all over the internet. Because of their negative and racist nature, the UKIP announced Marney was immediately suspended from the party pending an investigation. “Ukip does not, has not and never will condone racism,” UKIP chairman Paul Oakden told the Mail.
Next: The suspension was just the start.
The saga unraveled further when it was announced on Jan. 15 that Bolton broke up with Marney over her racist comments and the resulting firestorm. “I don’t defend these comments whatsoever,” Bolton reportedly told Good Morning Britain, saying the “romantic side” of their relationship was over. “At the moment it is obviously quite incompatible to continue the relationship,” he said.
Next: Is this Markle’s first run-in with these kinds of comments?
The future royal’s battle
This isn’t the first time racist or sexist comments have been made about Markle since her relationship with Prince Harry became public. Some of the inflammatory comments about her even came from the tabloids. And Kensington Palace released a statement on Prince Harry’s behalf asking for Markle’s privacy because he became worried about her safety.
Next: Now, everyone waits for a response.
Response from the palace?
The royal family has not commented on Marney’s comments about Markle or about the events that followed the Daily Mail’s report. It is unclear whether Kensington Palace will release a statement regarding the incident.
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Additional reporting by John Wolfe