Oooh, the shade! One of Prince Harry’s cousins had the nerve to wear a racially problematic broach while meeting Meghan Markle at a family holiday event.
It looks like someone in the royal family needs a racial sensitivity training.
According to the Huffington Post, Princess Michael of Kent, 72, attended the gathering wearing a brooch featuring a miniature bust of an African woman embellished with gold and colorful jewels. While aesthetically the jewels in the pin are pretty, in brooch is “blackamoor” jewelry, a kind of dated and offensive jewelry that depicts fetishses and romanticizes African slaves.
This is especially eyebrow raising given that Markle is biracial.
Take a look for yourself:
Given the uproar for her accessory choices, she quickly issued an apology. In a statement to People and the Daily Mail, a spokeswoman for Princess Michael said that the brooch was a gift she had worn “many times before.”
“Princess Michael is very sorry and distressed that it has caused offense,” the statement read.