Racist in the Royal Family: Princess Michael of Kent sparked outrage after she wore a “racist” Blackamoor brooch to Queen Elizabeth’s Christmas lunch where Meghan Markle was introduced to the extended family.
Buckingham Palace issued a statement saying, “The brooch was a gift and has been worn many times before.” “Princess Michael is very sorry and distressed that it has caused offence.”
The Daily Mail reports blackamoor jewelry are “now considered to be highly racially insensitive and the word blackamoor has been condemned as a term of abuse for anyone with a dark skin.” In other words, blackamoor jewelry portrays “Africans in subservient roles.”
Blackamoors “first emerged during the Middle Ages when Europeans first encountered the Moors, dark-skinned Muslims from North Africa and the Middle East who came to occupy various parts of the continent.”
“The African figure is typically depicted with a turban, dressed in lavish jewels and are commonly fixed in positions of servitude—such as footmen or waiters. They are usually carved from ebony or painted black in the case of porcelain.”
The problem for Princess Michael of Kent is that this isn’t the first time she has raised eyebrows with racially charged behavior:
In 2004 she was accused of insulting a party of black diners at a smart New York restaurant by allegedly telling them to ‘go back to the colonies’ in a row over noise.
Talking of her extensive travels through Africa she said: ‘I even pretended years ago to be an African, a half-caste African, but because of my light eyes I did not get away with it, but I dyed my hair black.
‘I travelled on African buses. I wanted to be a writer. I wanted experiences from Cape Town to right up in northern Mozambique. I had this adventure with these absolutely adorable, special people and to call me racist: it’s a knife through the heart because I really love these people.’
This is not the way we expected Meghan Markle, who is biracial, to be welcomed into the Royal Family. She became engaged to Prince Harry about a month ago.
Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle, December 2017. pic.twitter.com/WHIMNNZzto
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) December 21, 2017
More from Twitter about Princess Michael of Kent’s “racist” behavior:
Screaming. This woman once said: “I even pretended years ago to be an African, a half-caste African, but because of my light eyes I did not get away with it, but I dyed my hair black” https://t.co/b0geORu3U8
— Charlie Cuff (@CharlieBCuff) December 22, 2017
A sentence I just typed to someone in almost-2018 is "Princess Diana was right about Princess Michael of Kent."
— Anna (@annachronous) December 22, 2017
A not-so-fun fact is that Princess Michael of Kent’s father was an actual Nazi officer. He joined the Nazi party THREE YEARS before Hitler came to power so it’s not as if he was pressured. He was just racist filth. https://t.co/d4KoLBmhJQ https://t.co/xh4wh837Qo
— Heidi N Moore (@moorehn) December 22, 2017