The Queen’s annual Christmas lunch is the time when some of the more obscure members of the royal family come out of the woodwork, but one is making headlines after she reportedly wore a racist brooch to the occasion.
Princess Michael of Kent, the wife of the Queen’s cousin Prince Michael of Kent, was photographed arriving at the Buckingham Palace event wearing a piece of blackamoor jewellery, which fetishises images of slavery. Historically, the pieces were made by Europeans depicting people of colour in an exoticised way, which is hugely problematic.
Of course, the event was also headline-worthy because it marked biracial actress and duchess-to-be Meghan Markle’s introduction to the wider royal family that she is marrying into. The two apparently met at the event, which leaves us wondering how the former Suits star would have reacted if she’d noticed it.
Now, her spokesperson has apologised for the accessory, saying: 'The brooch was a gift and has been worn many times before. Princess Michael is very sorry and distressed that it has caused offence.'
Unfortunately, Princess Michael has a bit of a history when it comes to making racist comments. In 2004, she was reportedly heard telling a group of people with colour at a New York restaurant to ‘go back to the colonies’, while she also told ITV that she once ‘pretended years ago to be an African, a half-caste African,’ while defending herself against allegations of racism.
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle met in London in July 2016.