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Princess of Hungarian origin in trouble at Queen’s Christmas lunch

Princess of Hungarian origin in trouble at Queen’s Christmas lunch

According to, 72-year-old Princess Michael of Kent wore a blackamoor brooch at the Queen’s Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace. She must have forgotten that Meghan Markle, Prince Harry’s mixed-race fiancée would also attend the Christmas lunch.

These kinds of jewellery used to be fashionable in the 17-18th centuries. These blackamoor figures depict African men, wearing them nowadays may cause controversy, just like in the case of Princess Michael of Kent.

It was the first Christmas lunch on which Meghan Markle was a guest, whose mother, Doria Ragland is black and her predecessors were slaves.

Later the princess, who also visited Hungary in April presenting her book, The Queen Of Four Kingdoms, apologised, saying she “is very sorry and distressed that it has offended”.


Princess Michael, whose maternal grandfather was the Hungarian Count Frigyes Szapáry, received the brooch as a gift and had worn it before, as her spokesman claimed. She promised not to wear it again after the awkward incident.

It was not the first racist incident of the princess. In 2004, she told a bunch of black New Yorkers in a restaurant to

“go back to the colonies”

because she felt they were rowdy.

Featured Image: Wikicommons by Flickr user BigTallGuy


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