A British princess apologized on Friday for wearing a brooch considered “racist” to Meghan Markle’s first meeting with the royal family.
The apology came after Princess Michael of Kent wore a blackamoor brooch on her left shoulder to the queen’s annual Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace. Some deemed it a slight to Markle, who attended the event with her fiancé Prince Harry.
Markle, whose mother is black, will be the first self-identified biracial person to become a high-ranking member of the royal family when she marries Harry in May.
A spokesman for Princess Michael told the Daily Telegraph, “Princess Michael is very sorry and distressed that [the brooch] has caused offence.”
The princess is described on her website as a “Writer, Historian, Lecturer, Interior Designer and Art Consultant.”
The brooch appears to be nearly two inches in length and includes an antiquated depiction of a black figure that many contend exoticizes people of color. Blackamoor art often appeared in European furniture and jewelry between the 13th and 15th centuries, either depicting black individuals as subservient or as members of royalty.