Princess Michael of Kent has been embroiled in yet another 'racism' controversy, just months after wearing a racist brooch to meet Prince Harry's fiancé Meghan Markle.
In a recent article for Vanity Fair, journalist Aatish Taseer, an ex-boyfriend of the royal's daughter, Ella Windsor, spoke about his experience as an almost royal family member and in particular, the behaviour of his potential mother-in-law, Princess Michael.
'Princess Michael, though generally free of British colonial prejudices, and beyond reproach when it came to me, nevertheless invited trouble out of what felt like a desire to shock,' he wrote.
As an example, he said: 'Her pair of black sheep in Gloucestershire were named Venus and Serena.' The names are apparently a reference to African-American tennis playing sisters Venus and Serena Williams. It’s unclear if Princess Michael still has the sheep.
Back in December, the Princess, often referred to as 'Princess Pushy', caused controversy when she donned a Blackamoor brooch at the Queen's Christmas lunch. The brooch featured a black figure with a gold headdress and robe. Blackamoor art and jewellery romanticises the times of slavery and is considered racially insensitive today.
But the royal denied any wrongdoing and later said in a statement through a royal representative that the brooch 'was a gift and has been worn many times before'.
'Princess Michael is very sorry and distressed that it has caused offence.'
However, this was not the first time the Princess had been publicly outed for her racism. In 2004, the royal caused another stir when she reportedly told a group of African-American patrons at a New York City restaurant to 'go back to the colonies.'
She later denied making the statement to the New York Post.
'I did not say ‘back to the colonies’,' she later clarified. 'I said ‘you should remember the colonies’. Back in the days of the colonies, there were rules that were very good.'