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

Meghan Markle

Meghan Markle

Earlier today a spokeperson for Princess Michael told TMZthe brooch was a gift she'd worn many times before, but added that the princess was "very sorry and distressed" and had not intended any insult to Markle.

But the only member to make a mark was Princess Michael of Kent.

When I posted about Meghan attending the Queen's annual Christmas lunch yesterday, I included a paragraph about Princess Michael of Kent and her racist bullsh-t.

The offending item of jewellery could be seen clearly pinned to the 72-year-old's coat as she was photographed driving through the gates of Buckingham Palace on Wednesday (20 December).

The selected brooch depicts a "blackamoor", a golliwog-like slave character popularized during the 1800s and turned into jewelry for white aristocracy.

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". Hopefully, the rest of her experience wasn't as eyebrow-raising as it must have been when she met with Princess Michael.

This isn't the first time Princess Michael of Kent was accused of racial insensitivity, either.

In 2004, Princess Michael came under fire when she told a group of black patrons at a New York City restaurant to "go back to the colonies", the Guardian reported at the time.

When Meghan Markle went to meet with her soon-to-be in-laws at a royal Christmas party, one of the other royals wore a racist brooch. I traveled on African buses.

I don't want to take away from the excitement of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's official engagement photos. I wanted to be a writer. I had this adventure with these absolutely adorable, special people and to call me racist: "it's a knife through the heart because I really love these people", she commented.

She also told the Mirror: "With Harry frowning seriously beside her, Meghan suddenly sits looking rather small and childlike".

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