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Princess Michael of Kent sorry for wearing ‘racist’ brooch

Princess Michael of Kent has apologised for wearing a brooch that has been called “racist” by some people online.

Princess Michael of Kent was pictured wearing the brooch after attending the Queen's annual Christmas banquet at Buckingham Palace Photo (C) GETTY IMAGeS
Princess Michael of Kent was pictured wearing the brooch after attending the Queen’s annual Christmas banquet at Buckingham Palace Photo (C) GETTY IMAGeS

The royal, who married the Queen’s first cousin, attended a Christmas banquet at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday wearing a blackamoor brooch.

Meghan Markle attended the royal family’s pre-Christmas party on Tuesday Photo (C) GETTY
Meghan Markle attended the royal family’s pre-Christmas party on Tuesday Photo (C) GETTY

Prince Harry’s fiance, Meghan Markle, who is mixed-race, was also a guest at the lunch.
A spokesman said the princess “is very sorry and distressed that it has caused offence”.

Princess Michael of Kent, the wife of Prince Michael of Kent, the Queen’s first cousin, was pictured arriving at Buckingham Palace wearing a brooch on her left shoulder which appeared to be “blackamoor” jewelry
Princess Michael of Kent, the wife of Prince Michael of Kent, the Queen’s first cousin, was pictured arriving at Buckingham Palace wearing a brooch on her left shoulder which appeared to be “blackamoor” jewelry

Blackamoor figures and sculptures are exotic figures which usually depict African men and were prominent in the 17th and 18th centuries.

kensingtonroya lThank you so much for all of the wonderful comments following the release of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle's engagement photographs. Photo (C) INSTAGRAM
kensingtonroya lThank you so much for all of the wonderful comments following the release of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle’s engagement photographs. Photo (C) INSTAGRAM

The brooch, coupled with the fact that Princess Michael will have met Ms Markle at the lunch, has sparked controversy on social media websites.

The brooch is a bust of an African man Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES
The brooch is a bust of an African man Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES

Spokesman Simon Astaire added: “The brooch was a gift and has been worn many times before.”

It is understood the princess will not wear the brooch in future.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have today released their official engagement portraits taken at Frogmore House, with in an intimate black and white shot seeing the couple pose face to face
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have today released their official engagement portraits taken at Frogmore House, with in an intimate black and white shot seeing the couple pose face to face
The second photo sees the couple posing on the steps of the house with the bride-to-be in a dress costing almost £50,000
The second photo sees the couple posing on the steps of the house with the bride-to-be in a dress costing almost £50,000

Source: BBC COM

Tags: Duke of Kent, Duchess of Kent, Simon Astaire, Brooch, Queen’s first cousin