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Princess apologizes for wearing a 'racist' brooch while meeting Meghan Markle

Princess Michael of Kent had to apologize when she first met Meghan Markle while wearing what many consider to be a racist brooch. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Princess Michael of Kent is apologizing for wearing a brooch with what some say is a racist design when she greeted Meghan Markle, the fiancé of Prince Harry.

Why is the brooch considered racist?

The brooch she wore was in the "Blackamoor" style, which some say bears demeaning images of Africans. Fox News explains that the style "romanticizes slavery and is considered racially insensitive today."

To make the incident even more egregious, Markle is mixed race - half black and half white.

They met at a Christmas lunch hosted by Queen at Buckingham Palace for Markle to meet her extended royal family.

Did the princess do it intentionally?

It doesn't appear so. She explained that the brooch had been in her family for a long time and that she didn't understand the racial problems surrounding the design.

A royal representative released a statement from the princess, saying that the brooch "was a gift and has been worn many times before."

"Princess Michael is very sorry and distressed that it has caused offense," the statement added.

"Princess Pushy"

According to Fox News, Princess Michael of Kent is nicknamed "Princess Pushy" for being "snooty."

Here's a video with a view of the offending brooch:

The highly anticipated royal wedding between Prince Harry and Megan Markle is scheduled for May 19, 2018.

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