Since the beginning of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s courtship, there have been a lot of questions about their possible future together. Now that they’ve gotten engaged (and there’s even a wedding day set), people are expressing their happiness for the new couple far and wide. Many people have been overwhelmingly excited to see a black woman become part of the royal family, and the large-scale emotion seems to be happiness for the couple. However, there was a recent gaffe made by another member of the royal family, Princess Michael, that calls into question whether the entire royal family is all that accepting of their pending nuptials.
On the way to a lunch at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the upcoming Christmas holiday, Princess Michael of Kent was photographed wearing a Blackamoor brooch, which, according to The Daily Mail, is “a genre of figurines, small sculptures or jewellery which depict largely men, but sometimes women, with black skin usually from the 18th century.” Flat out, they’re racially insensitive, and many folks called out Princess Michael on Twitter for wearing it.
However, she’s now apologized through a spokesperson. According to The Daily Mail, the statement says, “The brooch was a gift and has been worn many times before. Princess Michael is very sorry and distressed that it has caused offense.” Apparently, she’s worn the racist brooch to many prior brunches, events, and get-togethers and no one thought to tell her it was inappropriate? She may need better friends. For what it’s worth, Princess Michael has said she’ll “retire” the brooch and won’t wear it again.
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