Royal Relative Accused of Donning Blackamoor Jewelry to Offend Meghan Markle

Royal Relative Accused of Donning Blackamoor Jewelry to Offend Meghan Markle

Princess Michael - the wife of Prince Michael of Kent, has caught the eye of many Royal watchers, who have spotted the offensive piece of jewellery in photos from the Queen's Christmas lunch.

Meghan was seen attending the Queen's Christmas lunch with fiance Harry.

TMZ reports that after facing a tongue lashing from the public, a spokesperson for Princess Michael reached out to tell them that Michael is "very sorry and distressed" and has vowed to never wear the brooch again.

On May 19th, 2018, on Friday, in the chapel of St. George at Windsor Castle, will take place the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

The brooch appears to be "blackamoor" jewelry, a kind of jewelry that originated in Venice in the 16th century.

Some might argue that European renditions of blackamoor art depicted black figures as noblemen, but they still exoticize people of color and are considered dated, racially insensitive, and even taboo today.

Royal Relative Accused of Donning Blackamoor Jewelry to Offend Meghan Markle
Royal Relative Accused of Donning Blackamoor Jewelry to Offend Meghan Markle

According to Mail Online, a statement from Buckingham Palace said: "The brooch was a gift and has been worn many times before". But when people saw the brooch she chose to wear to the event, tongues started wagging. This style of jewelry often depicts exotic or romanticized versions of Africans, particularly slaves.

Princess Michael's decision to wear the brooch comes as Markle and Harry's engagement has renewed discussions about the ongoing culture of racism and classism in British high society.

In 2004, she allegedly told a group of black diners in NY to "go back to the colonies" and later tried to prove she wasn't racist by telling the story of the time "I even pretended years ago to be an African, a half-caste African, but because of my light eyes I did not get away with it, but I dyed my hair black".

Approximately 50 members of the Royal Family were in attendance for the annual luncheon - the first one attended by Meghan Markle, who will Wednesday Prince Harry in May.

She has also been quoted in 1986 as saying that she came from a "better background than anyone else who's married into the royal family since the war, excepting Prince Philip".

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". I wanted experiences from Cape Town to right up in northern Mozambique.

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The note also seemed to express anger over President Donald Trump's recent decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. The FBI executed a search warrant on his home on December 20 and allegedly found multiple firearms and explosives materials.

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