A US political candidate has been suspended from Twitter after superimposing an image of the prehistoric 'Cheddar Man' on Meghan Markle's body.
Republican Paul Nehlen edited a photo of Markle and Prince Harry using a reconstruction of the ancient Briton's face. He posted the image on Twitter with a caption, apparently attributed to Harry, which read “honey, does this tie make my face look pale?”
The Cheddar Man's skeleton is one of the oldest ever discovered in Britain. It is thought he had dark skin.
Nehlen, a supporter of Donald Trump who is currently campaigning for election in Wisconsin, later defended the image and tweeted: “Publishing an article *disappearing whites* or *dispossessing whites* of their homelands is wrong; made worse when claiming 'science' to 'prove' whites never existed.
"I made a joke of it. It's not a laughing matter, so I chose to laugh about it."
Although Nehlen's account has now been suspended, the image he sent has been widely shared on the social media site and prompted outrage.
Actor Patrick J Adams, who appears in Suits alongside Markle, slammed the businessman as "a sad and sick man with no sense of shame or class.”
He tweeted that the man should "get a life" and told him not to approach the Royal bride as "she’s got more power, strength, honour and compassion in her fingernail than you’ll ever know in this lifetime. Way above your weight class."