Princess apologizes after wearing brooch deemed 'racist' to lunch with Meghan Markle

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Actress Meghan Markle has joined her fiance Prince Harry to attend the royal family's pre-Christmas luncheon at Buckingham Palace.

Princess Michael, as you can see, owns this type of art in jewelry form, and of all the days to pull it out, people online couldn't help but notice she did it on the day she would meet Markle, who is biracial.

Another source connected to Kensington Palace told TMZ that Princess Michael was not trying to insult Meghan or any people of color, and that she's going to retire the brooch.

"I can not help but smile when I look at the photos that we took of them, such was their happiness together", Lubomirski said.

In addition to announcing the date of the couple's wedding ceremony to sketches of her dress floating across the internet, Markle attending Christmas lunch with the Queen and other relatives is a huge step Markle's relationship with the royal family. Markle wore a gorgeous black Ralph & Russo gown with a sheer, embellished bodice and full tulle skirt from the designer's fall 2017 couture collection.

While we don't know if Meghan broached the topic of the brooch with her future in-law, we do know this isn't Princess Michael of Kent's first experience with conscious or unconscious racism. Yet when your ethnicity is black and white, the dichotomy is not that clear.

According to PEOPLE, Princess Michael has been accused of racial insensitivity in the past. In 2004, the NY Times reported an account of her telling a group of black diners in a New York restaurant to "go back to the colonies". She later denied making the remark, but her comments in doing so were racially charged themselves.

Princess Michael has had past controversies involving race. Morphing from Latina when I was dressed in red, to African-American when in mustard yellow; my closet filled with fashionable frocks to make me look as racially varied as an Eighties Benetton poster.

Blackamoor is a style of artwork dating from the 18th century that is usually found in sculpture, jewelry and textiles in which black men and women are often depicted as slaves.

"Princess Michael of Kent revealed she once pretended to be "half-caste" and declared her love for "adorable" Africans", tweeted one person. The items of jewellery are valued at £10,000 or more.

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