But to wear it at all—especially at an event where a celebrated biracial duchess-to-be would attend—is simply inappropriate.
It would be easier to look the other way if the princess didn't have history of racism—but she unfortunately does.
Barack Obama paid a heartfelt tribute to the Queen today, calling her 'a real jewel to the world' and 'one of my favourite people' after he and his wife Michelle had an intimate lunch with Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh.
Speaking alongside David Cameron at a Press conference in London, the US President took the opportunity to praise the Queen on the occasion of her 90th birthday - and also joked about the 'smooth ride' he and Mrs Obama had when Prince Philip drove them in his Range Rover.
Update 12/22: A rep for Princess Michael of Kent says she’s “very sorry and distressed” that she wore the blackamoor brooch to the Queen’s Christmas luncheon, TMZ reports.
The piece of jewelry was apparently a gift, which the royal has worn “many times before, without controversy,” according to the site. Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace have not left an official comment.
"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," she said in an ITV interview.
'She is truly one of my favourite people, and should we be fortunate enough to reach 90, may we be as vibrant as she is.
Eagle-eyed royal fans also noticed the brooch and called out the royal for wearing it at the luncheon.ummm, did anyone else clock this?
notorious racist princess michael of kent wearing a Moor broach while attending lunch with Meghan Markle.
And while the former actress mingled with extended members of her fiancé's family, not all first impressions were pleasant.
Princess Michael of Kent—wife of Prince Michael of Kent, Queen Elizabeth II's first cousin—was spotted wearing a racially offensive brooch on her coat while arriving to the palace with her husband.