Meghan Markle Faces Royal Family In-Law Wearing Racist Blackamoor Brooch During The Queen's Christmas Party
Photos from the Royal Family Christmas lunch show Princess Michael of Kent wearing a racially insensitive brooch.
Actress-turned royal duchess, Meghan Markle attended the Queen’s annual Christmas lunch on Wednesday, where she crossed paths with one of her new royal relatives who is now under fire for wearing a controversial accessory to the event.
Princess Michael of Kent, the wife of the Queen’s first cousin Prince Michael of Kent, was pictured at Buckingham Palace wearing a “blackamoor” jewelry piece featuring the bust of a black person with a gold crown and colorful crystals.
“Blackamoor” is a genre of art believed to have originated in 16th century Venice that has been criticized for depicting racist, exoticized imagery of black servants and enslaved people.
Princess Michael of Kent’s brooch has drawn even more criticism due to Meghan’s black-biracial background and the fact that she chose to wear it as Markle would be introduced to extended royal family members for the first time.
This isn’t the first time Princess Michael has been accused of racism. In 2004, the New York Times reported an account of her telling a group of black diners in a New York restaurant to “go back to the colonies.”
Meghan Markle has faced racist attacks during her time in the royal spotlight for some time now. Last year, Markle’s fiancé Prince Harry released a statement in her defense calling out the “racial undertones of comment pieces” and the “outright sexism and racism of social media trolls.”