Princess Michael apologises for wearing 'racist' brooch during lunch with Meghan Markle

Posted December 23, 2017

Princess Michael of Kent wore a "blackamoor" broach on her coat earlier this week at Queen Elizabeth's Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace, which was also attended for the first time by Markle.

The Californian royal-in-waiting is wearing a one-of-a-kind sheer couture dress exclusively revealed by MailOnline to be worth a staggering £56,000. It appears to have been a bust of a black person with a gold and bejeweled crown and clothing. It might not sound of much importance or controversy, but Blackamoor art is seen as racist by many. It's considered controversial because the motif features exoticized portrayals of African servants and slaves.

They nearly always have dark skin and are depicted as being subservient. Last year, Markle's fiancé Prince Harry released a statement in her defense calling out the "racial undertones of comment pieces" and the "outright sexism and racism of social media trolls".

Some questioned whether she deliberately wore it to upset Markle.

Meghan is famously proud of her biracial background, revealing to Elle that her Caucasian father Thomas Markle and African American mum Doria Radlan encouraged her to "say who I am, to share where I'm from, to voice my pride in being a strong, confident mixed-race woman". Yet when your ethnicity is black and white, the dichotomy is not that clear.

"I travelled on African buses. Her beaming smile has gone and her raised brows and widened eyes suggest she's prepared to be surprised and even over-awed".

She will be the first American whose marriage to a member of the Royal Family will be welcomed by them.

Judi James revealed the signs that showed Meghan wasn't her usual confident self, the polar opposite to a beaming Kate who arrived with Prince William and their two children.

Lubomirski, a former assistant to Mario Testino, famed for his photos of Harry's mother Princess Diana, took the pictures this week at the royal retreat of Frogmore House, near Windsor Castle, west of London, where the couple are due to marry on May 19. While I could say Pennsylvania and OH, and continue this proverbial two-step, I instead give them what they're after: 'My dad is Caucasian and my mom is African American.

Princess Michael is not believed to have been sat at the same table as Miss Markle, 36, but would have been introduced to her for the first time at the private family gathering where the Suits star was to be welcomed by her future husband's extended family.