Princess Michael criticised for wearing 'racist' brooch to meet Meghan Markle

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Princess Michael of Kent, the wife of the Queen's first cousin Prince Michael of Kent, arrived at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday sporting a "blackamoor" brooch on her left shoulder, an 18th Century piece of jewelry that many believe represents racial conquest as the line is known for depicting people of color in positions of servitude.

Princess Michael of Kent is being criticised for a racially offensive brooch she wore to a royal event earlier this week. This means participating in a lot of ceremonial engagements, such as the Queen's annual Christmas lunch, which Markle recently attended with Harry.

"The brooch was a gift and has been worn many times before", a spokesperson for her told People in a statement.

Prince Harry defended Meghan Markle a year ago against gross media reporting out of England.

A source tells TMZ she's going to retire the brooch for good. It features exoticised depictions of of people of colour; sometimes noblemen but more often servants and slaves, leading many to criticise designs for fetishising slavery. The jewelry, dubbed "blackamoor" jewelry is a bust of a black person adorned with a gold crown and colorful crystals.

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But, what did they expect her to wear for her official engagement photos to an actual Prince?

Markle is no stranger to racist responses to her presence in the royal family.

Meghan, whose father, Thomas Markle is white, and mother, Doria Ragland, is black, has previously been vocal about her experiences of racism growing up and within the acting world. Princess Michael of Kent might want to give that letter a close read. In 2004 she was accused of insulting a party of black diners at a stylish NY restaurant when she is alleged to have told them to "go back to the colonies" in a dispute over noise.

Markle, who is engaged to marry Prince Harry in May of next year, spent her first Christmas with the royals at Buckingham Palace this week.

"I always knew that when people who aren't like us claim that hereditary rank is not part of human nature, they must be wrong".

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