Kerfuffle at Meghan Markle’s lunch with royals when Queen’s cousin wears a Blackamoor pin
Monday - 25/12/2017 07:40
Princess Michael of Kent has apologized for wearing a brooch featuring the head of a black man
LONDON — Queen Elizabeth II’s cousin has apologized for wearing jewelry that some observers on social media found offensive.
A spokesman for Princess Michael of Kent said late Friday that she is “very sorry and distressed” that a brooch featuring the head of a black man caused offence.
Some social media observers suggested it was a racist slight to Meghan Markle, Prince Harry’s fiancee, whose mother is African-American. The princess has worn the brooch many times before.
The wife of Prince Michael, Queen Elizabeth II’s cousin, was photographed being driven to the monarch’s annual family lunch at London’s Buckingham Palace last Wednesday, Dec. 17, with a Blackamoor accessory pinned to her coat. The style of artwork dates back to the 18th century, when black men and women were often depicted as slaves.
Markle was among the guests.
There was no indication the brooch offended either Markle or Harry.