Royal wears offensive brooch to meet Meghan Markle

Posted December 23, 2017

The American TV actress and a divorcee penned an essay for Elle UK in 2016, where she addressed the issue, saying: "To describe something as being black and white means it is clearly defined".

Queen Elizabeth's 33-year-old grandson, Harry, fifth-in-line to the throne, and Markle, who stars in the US TV legal drama Suits, announced their engagement last month.

Born Marie Christine, the Princess is married to Queen's first cousin, Prince Michael of Kent, who is the grandson of King George V. Much like the scandal involving the marriage of Wallis Simpson and Edward VII, the prince had to abdicate his title in order to marry the Princess, because she was divorcee.

Princess Michael quickly earned criticism on social media.

As Lainey Gossip first pointed out, the Princess wore a brooch known as a Blackamoor, which New York University explains as "a trope in Italian decorative art especially common in pieces of furniture, but also appearing in paintings, jewelry, and textiles".

Kensington Palace has released the official engagement photos of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, and the royal-to-be's dress was truly fit for a princess!

A British princess apologized on Friday for wearing a brooch considered "racist" to Meghan Markle's first meeting with the royal family.

Princess Michael Sorry for Racist Brooch ... I'm Going to Retire It
Royal wears offensive brooch to meet Meghan Markle

"I knew it was coming, I always do. Now you've given me evolutionary proof!" she reportedly said.

According to PEOPLE, Princess Michael has been accused of racial insensitivity in the past. In 2004, she allegedly told a group of African-Americans at a NY restaurant to "go back to the colonies".

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

In a subsequent TV interview, in which she attempted to defend her remarks she made matters worse, referring to African people as "adorable" as she insisted she was not a racist.

She then added, "I traveled on African buses". I wanted to be a writer.

Blackamoor figures were common on vases and other household items, in paintings and jewellery, with the person usually shown in gaudy, golden robes and with headdress. The items of jewellery are valued at £10,000 or more.