Princess Michael apologizes for wearing ‘racist’ brooch to Queen’s Christmas lunch
Princess Michael who is married to the Queen’s cousin Prince Michael has apologized for wearing a ‘racist’ brooch to the Queen’s Christmas lunch. In a statement, Princess Michael said it was a gift that she has worn before, adding that she is ‘very sorry and distressed’ to cause offence.
The royal was spotted wearing the item of jewelry as her car arrived at Buckingham Palace for the queen’s annual Christmas lunch which was also attended by Prince Harry‘s mixed race fiancée Meghan Markle.
The Queen’s cousin-in-law had been heavily criticized for wearing the Blackamoor brooch to the meal.
Blackamoor jewelry, which depicts figures with black skin, has been labelled racially insensitive for its links to slavery and servitude. The brooch was first spotted by Lainey Gossip and was condemned as ‘racist’ by some critics.
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?
‘These kinds of pieces depict – and fetishize – Africans in subservient roles. To put it bluntly, this is a piece of jewelry made out of slave imagery.’ Ms Markle was not sitting at the same table as Princess Margaret at the meal, the Daily Mail reported.