Princess Michael of Kent is “very sorry and distressed” following accusations of racism after she was pictured wearing a blackamoor brooch to Buckingham Palace when meeting Meghan Markle for the first time.Embed from Getty Images
Her Royal Highness’s spokesperson said that the Princess is very sorry, and added that she has worn the brooch many times in the past without controversy.
It is understood that the brooch will now be ‘retired’ to avoid a repeat of the situation in future.
On Wednesday, The Queen hosted her family at Buckingham Palace for her annual pre-Christmas lunch before she and Prince Philip set off to Sandringham until mid-February.
However, tensions may have been raised after Princess Michael showed up wearing the offensive piece of jewellery.
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.