After riling up many on the Internet by wearing a Blackamoor brooch to meet Meghan Markle for the first time, royal relative Princess Michael of Kent says she’s deeply sorry for the uproar the piece, and her decision to wear it, caused.
As shared previously, Princess Michael wore a brooch of the Blackamoor art fashion to Queen Elizabeth’s annual pre-Christmas lunch. It was an event attended by many prominent members of the family, and future members like Meghan Markle, who showed up with her fiancé, Prince Harry. And while the jewelry simply showed a dark-skinned man in a turban, as opposed to some of the more controversial pieces that can display dark-skinned men and women in positions of servitude, it left many with a bad taste in their mouths. For that, she’s apologizing.
According to TMZ, Simon Astaire, a spokesperson for the Queen’s royal cousin said she’s “very sorry and distressed” about the situation. Princess Michael of Kent, wife of Prince Michael of Kent, claimed that the brooch was a gift and she wore the piece quite a few times before the lunch, and without incident.
And while Kensington Palace had no official statement on the matter, a source connected to the royal residence said Princess Michael didn’t mean to offend and after the controversy, would be retiring the brooch.
She has been in the news for making poor decisions when it comes to dealing with matters of race in the past. In 2004, Princess Michael was alleged to have told a group of Black diners at a restaurant she visited while in New York to “go back to the colonies.”
As for whether or not Markle was upset about the brooch or had any thoughts on the apology, we’d say probably not. On Monday, she attended Christmas-day service with the royal family and looked anything but worried about what the Queen’s cousin was wearing or saying.