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British princess apologises for wearing ‘racist’ brooch

Princess Michael of Kent, who married Queen Elizabeth II’s first cousin, attended a Christmas banquet at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday wearing the blackamoor brooch, reports the BBC.

world Updated: Dec 23, 2017 17:02 IST
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Princess Michael of Kent, who married Queen Elizabeth II’s first cousin, attended a Christmas banquet at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday wearing the blackamoor brooch.(AP File Photo)

A British Princess has apologised for wearing a brooch that has been called “racist” by some people on the social media, the media reported on Saturday.

Princess Michael of Kent, who married Queen Elizabeth II’s first cousin, attended a Christmas banquet at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday wearing the blackamoor brooch, reports the BBC.

Blackamoor figures and sculptures are exotic figures which usually depict African men and were prominent in the 17th and 18th centuries.

A spokesman said the princess “is very sorry and distressed that it has caused offence”.

“The brooch was a gift and has been worn many times before.”

Prince Harry’s fiance, Meghan Markle, who is mixed-race, was also a guest at the lunch.

The brooch, coupled with the fact that Princess Michael will have met Markle at the lunch, has sparked controversy on social media websites.

It is understood the princess will not wear the brooch in future.

First Published: Dec 23, 2017 15:30 IST