Meghan Markle is about join the royal family as Prince Harry‘s wife, but some people in the fam might need some cultural competency training, especially Princess Michael of Kent. Yeah, we don’t know who she is either, but her government name is Baroness Marie-Christine von Reibnitz and she is married to the Queen’s first cousin.
For a lunch at Buckingham Palace, where Princess Michael of Kent was reportedly going to meet Meghan Markle for the first time, she wore a blackamoor-style brooch on her coat. Blackamoor art depicts African people as exoticized figures and is considered offensive. NYU describes blackamoor art as “Gaudy by nature, and uncomfortably dated — a bit like the American lawn jockey, or Aunt Jemima doll.” Blackamoor is basically the blackface of European art. See Princess Michael of Kent wearing the brooch below.
According to CNN.com, Princess Michael of Kent has apologized via her rep on Friday, “The brooch was a gift and had been worn many times before. Princess Michael is very sorry and distressed that it has caused offense.” What an awful apology. “I’ve worn my racist ornaments before!” Many people aren’t happy with her, including former royal chef Darren McGrady:
She is also getting a rightful dragging on Twitter:
And for anyone who thinks the brooch isn’t a European version of blackface, read the clap back here:
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are scheduled to marry on May 19, 2018. Message to everyone in the royal family: No blackface or blackamoor brooches at the wedding of the mixed-race princess.