Meghan Markle joined 50 members of the royal family to Queen Elizabeth’s Christmas Lunch at the Buckingham Palace. There were many of Prince William and Prince Harry cousins and relatives. And while she mixed with extended members of Harry’s family, not all first impressions were pleasant.
Princess Michael of Kent, Queen Elizabeth II’s first cousin, has caused controversy when she was noticed wearing a “racist” and offensive brooch on her coat. The brooch that the princess, who is married to Prince Michael of Kent, is a piece of blackamoor jewelry, which fetishize images of slavery.
It is not clear whether she wore the brooch, which depicts a black man in a gold headdress, to make an offensive statement when she was introduced to Meghan Markle. Or maybe it was a clueless decision to wear the piece of jewelry. However, she was judged for wearing the “blatantly racist” piece to the Palace. It is simply inappropriate.
The European renditions of blackamoor art, mostly made in the 18th century, often depicts dark-skinned Africans in subservient roles in sculptures, figurines, and jewelry.
And it would have been easily ignored if the princess didn’t have the history of racism. However, almost 13 years ago, she allegedly said to a group of black customers in a West Village, NYC restaurant to “go back to the colonies.” She was complaining that they were being too noisy.
Later she didn’t confess and denied the statement and defended herself with even more tone-deaf comments.
In an interview, 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.”
And when she went on a trip to Africa, she shared: “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.”
ummm, did anyone else clock this? notorious racist princess michael of kent wearing a Moor broach while attending lunch with Meghan Markle. pic.twitter.com/Cd8E5gSmyX
— Allison Kotzig (@allisonkotzig) December 20, 2017
Earlier, Meghan Markle has talked about experiencing racism when she was young. And apparently, sometimes it was an obstacle in her acting career.
“I wasn’t black enough for the black roles and I wasn’t white enough for the white ones, leaving me somewhere in the middle as the ethnic chameleon who couldn’t book a job,” she said.