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78% of people say Princess Michael was wrong to wear blackamoor brooch

A poll conducted by Royal Central reveals that 78% of people think Princess Michael of Kent was wrong to wear a blackamoor brooch to The Queen’s Christmas dinner at Buckingham Palace.

In total, 1,305 people responded to the poll which asked whether Princess Michael was in the wrong to wear the brooch, especially considering it was the first time she would meet Meghan Markle.

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An overwhelming 62% of people said that HRH shouldn’t wear the offensive brooch under any circumstances, while a further 16% of people said the brooch was inappropriate for the occasion considering Miss Markle would be present.

Only 22% of respondents said that the brooch was an acceptable item of jewellery and believe the piece should be on display.

On Friday, Princess Michael’s spokesperson said that the royal is “very sorry and distressed” following accusations of racism after she was pictured wearing the brooch depicting an African man.

The spokesperson added that she has worn the brooch many times in the past without controversy. The brooch will now be ‘retired’ to avoid a repeat of the situation in future.

The royal, who is married to The Queen’s cousin Prince Michael of Kent, had on display a blackamoor brooch which “fetishise slavery” according to Harpers Bazaar.

The consensus today is that blackamoor art is offensive and has many negative connotations. People have expressed their shock and concern on social media about Princess Michael wearing the brooch.

Blackamoor rose to popularity in the 18th century during the Early Modern Period. They are often African males depicting a servant. Full body depictions involve them in an unrealistic pose to hold for any length of time.

In both 2012 and 2013, fashion house Dolce & Gabanna caused an uproar as they used the art in two separate collections. First earrings and then on a fabric print.

  • Peter Bradshaw

    According to the Christian Bible a previous poll conducted some two thousand years ago resulted in the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Which reminds me of the episode of Yes Prime Minister entitled The Grand Design where the fictional cabinet secretary Sir Humphrey Appleby demonstrates to the prime minister’s private secretary how polling is conducted to get a desired result by asking leading questions. In other words a poll doesn’t necessarily legitimize a position.

    • Ricky

      Sometimes a poll can lead to wonderful things, like the way a recent postal poll cleared the path for marriage equality in Australia.

  • PennieP.

    First. Perhaps Ms Snarkel ought to date and marry someone who is African Decent
    Second. I don’t think she knows what the Broach represents
    Third. That Broach was worn on the outer coat of P Michael of Kent
    Forth.. Maybe she should go to any more Christmas Brunches

    • Caroline

      First, learn how to spell : brooch.
      Second, I don’t think the Queen needs any advice on her guest lists.

  • Mazuri

    I don’t understand how blackamoor jewellery is in any way racist. It is a tribute to the Moors who had a great civilization .

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