Princess Michael Responds to Backlash Over Her Racially Insensitive Brooch

Princess Michael apologizes for blackamoor brooch worn to lunch with Meghan Markle

TMZ reports that after facing a tongue lashing from the public, a spokesperson for Princess Michael reached out to tell them that Michael is "very sorry and distressed" and has vowed to never wear the brooch again.

Pointing out the brooch, Lainey Gossip wrote: 'While they were speaking, do you think Meghan noticed the brooch that Princess Michael of Kent was wearing?

Princess Michael of Kent, wife of Queen Elizabeth's first cousin Prince Michael of Kent, arrived to the lunch at Buckingham Palace with a brooch that appeared to be a "blackamoor" jewelry that depicted a black person with a gold crown and crystals.

Princess Michael of Kent leaving after the annual Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace in London on December 20, 2017.

Blackamoor jewellery, which depicts figures with black skin, has been labelled racially insensitive for its links to slavery and servitude. Dolce & Gabbana caused an uproar in 2012 when it included blackamoor heads on a pair of earrings and on fabric prints in its Spring 2013 collection. This isn't the first time, however, the princess has been accused of racism.

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Reportedly back in 2004 while dining in New York City, the Princess told several African-American diners to "go back to the colonies". She later denied making the remark, but her comments in doing so were racially charged themselves. Princess Michael of Kent might want to give that letter a close read. It was the first year Meghan Markle, newly engaged to Prince Harry, attended - and the first time she was formally introduced to many royal family members.

It's an inappropriate badge for a royal to wear on any day, but many Twitter users pointed out that this occasion was especially poorly chosen.

"I even pretended years ago to be an African, a half-caste African, but because of my light eyes I did not get away with it, but I dyed my hair black", she told ITV.

"I travelled on African buses".

Approximately 50 members of the Royal Family were in attendance for the annual luncheon - the first one attended by Meghan Markle, who will Wednesday Prince Harry in May. The princess added of her trip to Africa, "I had this adventure with these absolutely adorable, special people and to call me racist: it's a knife through the heart because I really love these people".

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