Princess Michael of Kent has caused controversy by wearing a "racist" brooch to the Queen's Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace, that was also attended by Prince Harry's mixed-race fiancee Meghan Markle. The princess, who is married to the Queen's cousin, was pictured wearing a prominent piece of "blackamoor" jewellery pinned to her coat as she arrived at the annual royal family gathering. She is thought to have been introduced to Ms Markle, who was attending her first such lunch after her engagement to Harry was announced last month.
It is not clear if Princess Michael was still wearing the brooch - which depicts a black man in a gold headdress - as the two met. But she was widely condemned for wearing the "blatantly racist" piece to the Palace. Blackamoor art, mostly made in the 18th century, often depicts dark-skinned Africans in subservient roles in sculptures, figurines and jewellery.
Princess Michael of Kent has apologised for wearing a “racist” broach to the Queen's Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace, that was also attended by Prince Harry's mixed-race fiancée Meghan Markle. A spokesman for the princess said she was “very sorry and distressed” that it had caused offence. They added that the brooch “was a gift and has been worn many times before.”