By Stacey Leasca
December 22, 2017
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On Wednesday, all eyes were on Meghan Markle as she made her first royal holiday appearance.

Meghan and her future husband, Prince Harry, rolled into the annual royal pre-Christmas dinner looking as regal as ever. There, the duo dined with Meghan’s future brother and sister-in-law, Prince William and Kate Middleton, along with Prince Charles and Camilla, and of course the Queen and Prince Philip.

But beyond the immediate family, guests also included the extended Windsor network including Princess Eugenie, Princess Beatrice, Zara and Mike Tindall, and about 50 other guests. One guest was Princess Michael of Kent, who chose to wear a rather interesting brooch for her first meeting with Meghan.

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As Lainey Gossip first pointed out, the Princess wore a brooch known as a Blackamoor, which New York University explains as “a trope in Italian decorative art especially common in pieces of furniture, but also appearing in paintings, jewelry, and textiles.” NYU added that the figures are “commonly fixed in positions of servitude — as footmen or waiters, for example — the figures personify fantasies of racial conquest.”

An interesting choice for her to wear to her first meeting with Harry’s biracial fiancé to say the least.

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. According to The Cut, while traveling in New York in 2004, the Princess told black diners at a restaurant to “go back to the colonies.” Shortly after this event the Princess told a reporter on ITV1 that she couldn’t possibly be racist because "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 then added, "I traveled on African buses. I wanted to be a writer. I wanted experiences from Cape Town to right up in northern Mozambique. I had this adventure with these absolutely adorable, special people and to call me racist: It's a knife through the heart because I really love these people."

Good luck with your new in-laws, Meghan.

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