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Twitter bans US politician for photoshopping 'Cheddar Man' image on Meghan Markle

Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle arrive to visit Social Bite, a social business and cafŽ located in Edinburgh's New Town. Source: AAP

A US Republican candidate has been blocked from Twitter after he superimposed an image over soon-to-be royal bride Meghan Markle's face.

Paul Nehlen, a GOP congressional candidate for the midwestern US state of Wisconsin, has been banned from Twitter after reports he photoshopped an image of Cheddar Man onto Meghan Markle's face.

The tweet reportedly showed Prince Harry with his soon-to-be bride Meghan Markle, but had been altered with a photo of the Cheddar Man with the caption: "Honey, does this tie make my face look pale?”

DNA from a 10,000-year-old skeleton found in an English cave suggests he had dark skin and blue eyes.
DNA from a 10,000-year-old skeleton found in an English cave suggests he had dark skin and blue eyes.

Cheddar Man is believed to be the first modern Briton who lived 10,000 years ago, according to new DNA results from London's Natural History Museum and the University College of London.

Mr Nehlen has decried the research as a "hoax".

Patrick J Adams, Meghan Markle's co-star in the US TV drama Suits, condemned Nehlen as a "sad and sick man".

Twitter confirmed it had permanently suspended Nehlen's account for "repeated violations of our terms and services."

Nehlen has come under fire in recent months after accusations of antisemitism and claims he was "pro-white", according to The Washington Post.

Following the ban, Nehlen released a statement claiming "unlawful election interference" to "suppress right-wing political speech".

"This is the epitome of interfering with a federal election," he said in a statement.

"These are unprecedented, brazen acts of censorship by a corporate monopoly that controls a primary channel of public communication," he added.

"It has severely compromised the integrity of our election processes, and Congress needs to hold public hearings and conduct a full investigation into these matters without delay."

Nehlen later wrote that he wasn't mocking Meghan Markle, but rather the science behind the Cheddar Man "hoax".

"I didn't mock Meghan Markle. I mocked the Cheddar Man hoax," he wrote, before going onto slam fake news.

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