[Alexi Lubomirski/Kensington Palace]
Prince Harry’s fiancée was confronted with a racist piece of jewellery when she met her future in-laws on Wednesday at the Queen’s annual Christmas lunch.
The biracial actress was invited to the royal occasion, where Princess Michael of Kent – who is married to the Queen’s cousin Prince Michael – was spotted entering Buckingham palace with a dazzling brooch depicting a black servant on her beige coat.
The gold and black piece derives from Blackamoor and there have been petitions to have it removed from circulation, especially in galleries, because it depicts non-white people in subservient roles.
The questionable choice of accessory worn by Princess Michael – who was accused of telling a group of African American diners in New York to “go back to the colonies” in 2004 – was spotted by Lainey Gossip.
They pointed out: “To put it bluntly, this is a piece of jewelry made out of slave imagery.
“And a woman who once told black people to ‘go back to the colonies’ at a restaurant decided that would be what she would wear to the Queen’s Christmas lunch, where the Queen’s grandson was introducing his fiancée, who is biracial, to the extended family for the first time.”
A youthful Meghan Markle attends a charity event in the early noughties [Getty]
Blackamoor jewellery and art was popular in the 18th Century, but is 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.
Princess Michael was born in the Czech Republic and is the daughter of an Austrian father and she was educated in Australia.
She denied she was intentionally racist after the incident grabbed headlines 13 years ago, and in an interview with My Favourite Hymns, she insisted she isn’t racist, saying: “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 have different ways of saying things and doing things.”
Meghan’s father is Dutch-Irish and her mother African-American.
Meghan has been subjected to racism before, and recalled how her mother racially abused in front of her when she was a teenager, telling Elle Magazine: “I was home in LA on a college break when my mom was called the ‘N’ word.
“We were leaving a concert and she wasn’t pulling out of a parking space quickly enough for another driver.”
“Being biracial paints a blurred line that is equal parts staggering and illuminating.
“While my mixed heritage may have created a grey area surrounding my self-identification, keeping me with a foot on both sides of the fence, I have come to embrace that. To say who I am, to share where I’m from, to voice my pride in being a strong, confident mixed-race woman.”