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Princess apologises for wearing a racist brooch

PICTURED: Princess Michael of Kent (Photo credit: Rex Features)

PRINCESS MICHAEL of Kent has apologised for wearing a brooch that has been criticised for its promotion of racist imagery.

The royal, who married the Queen's first cousin, attended a Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday wearing a blackamoor brooch.

Prince Harry's fiancée, Meghan Markle, who is mixed-race, was also a guest at the lunch.

A spokesman said the princess "is very sorry and distressed that it has caused offence".

Blackamoor figures and sculptures are exotic figures which usually depict African men and were prominent in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Spokesman Simon Astaire added: "The brooch was a gift and has been worn many times before."

It is understood the princess will not wear the brooch in future.

The brooch sparked controversy across social media. See some of the reactions below:

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