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.
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.