Princess Michael of Kent: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Princess Michael of Kent grew up in Australia and attended the Kincoppal School. Formally known as Baroness Marie Christine von Reibnitz, she is Queen Elizabeth II’s first cousin through marriage. She married her husband, Prince Michael, in 1978, joining the British royal family.

“The Princess does not carry out royal duties however she and Prince Michael join the royal family at important events including the annual celebration of the Queen’s birthday, Trooping the Colour. The royal couple also attended the wedding of Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco in 2011,” Hello Magazine reports.

On Wednesday, December 20, Princess Michael, 72, was photographed on her way to Buckingham Palace for the Queen’s annual Christmas lunch. In the photo, several people noticed that she was wearing some jewelry that caused quite the stir.

Here is what you need to know:


1. She Wore a “Blackamoor” Pin to Lunch at Buckingham Palace

Princess Michael of Kent’s pin is known as “blackamoor” jewelry. According to People Magazine, this style often depicts “exoticized images of servants and slaves of African descent.”

Below is a description of “blackamoor” jewelry.

“According to An Illustrated Dictionary of Jewelry by Newman, a Blackamoor is a figure of a young male or female black African depicted in jewelry in a head or bust. Morcic Croatian jewelry and figures have been a speciality of the artisans of Venice and Croatia for hundreds of years. Inspired by styles of the East, this type of jewelry was believed to have protective powers and was sometimes worn as an amulet to guard against evil. Sailors often wore a Morcic earring in their left ear. In the 19th century it became the expensive and sought-after jewelry to the rich. Still produced today in Venice by the iconic Nardi firm and conjuring up images of Carnivale and the exotic mysterious East.”

Although the jewelry, which was created in Italy, is well-known as art, many felt that wearing such a brooch was disrespectful — some even calling it racist — as Prince Harry’s fiancee, Meghan Markle, was at the lunch as well. Markle was born to a white father and a black mother. Her father, Thomas Markle, met her mother, Doria Ragland, while working together. Thomas Markle was working on a soap opera as a lighting director while Ragland had taken up a temp job at the production studio. The two ended up getting married, but later divorced.

Markle has faced issues of racism for much of her life. In 2016, Markle opened up about her life as a bi-racial woman in an op-ed for Elle Magazine. You can read an excerpt from her article below.

“To describe something as being black and white means it is clearly defined. Yet when your ethnicity is black and white, the dichotomy is not that clear. In fact, it creates a grey area. Being biracial paints a blurred line that is equal parts staggering and illuminating.”

Simon Astaire, a spokesperson for Princess Michael told TMZ that she is “very sorry and distressed” over the ordeal. Although she has worn it many times in the past, a source says that Princess Michael didn’t wear it to purposely insult Markle and she won’t be wearing it again.


2. She Has Been Accused of Being Racist Before

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This is not the first time that Princess Michael of Kent has found herself embroiled in controversy. While there have been various quotes attributed as coming out of Princess Michael’s mouth, she has also been accused of being racist.

Back in 2004, Princess Michael had been visiting New York when she allegedly made some unthinkable comments. According to The Telegraph, she had been dining at the now-closed Da Silvano restaurant in Greenwich Village when she allegedly became annoyed at a group of black diners who had been a bit too noisy for her liking. Princess Michael was offered another table by the eatery’s owner, Silvano Marchetto, but before she moved her seat, she allegedly told the group to “get back to the colonies.”

As one could probably imagine, the tabloids had a field day with this story. While Princess Michael is said to have denied saying such a thing, she is said to have spoke with a PR consultant named Nicole Young.

“I did not say ‘back to the colonies,’ I said you ‘should remember the colonies.’ Back in the days of the colonies there were rules that were very good. You think about it. Just think about it,” Princess Michael said, according to Young.

Perhaps proving the stories right, Marchetto apologized to the group of diners after Princess Michael’s alleged comments.

“The phrase was trying to be funny but it wasn’t so funny, maybe. If someone told me to go back to Italy, I would be offended, too,” he said.


3. She Has Been Married Twice & Has 2 Children

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Before she became Princess Michael, Baroness Marie Christine von Reibnitz married Thomas Troubridge. She and Troubridge, who worked as a banker, met at a boar hunt in Germany. The two married in 1971 at Chelsea Old Church in London, but ended up getting divorced two years later. Their marriage was annulled by the Pope in 1978.

In June of that year, Marie Christine von Reibnitz became a princess. She married Prince Michael of Kent (his parents were Prince George, Duke of Kent, who died in 1942, and Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark, who passed away in 1968) in Vienna, Austria. The couple had their marriage recognized by the Catholic church in 1983.

Princess Michael was given the title of “Princess Michael of Kent” rather than “Princess Marie Christine” because she wasn’t born into the royal family.

Prince and Princess Michael of Kent have two children together. Lord Frederick Windsor was born on April 6, 1979. He attended Magdalen College in Oxford and later moved to Los Angeles, where he currently works for JP Morgan Bank. He married Sophie Winkleman in 2009, but controversy surrounded the couple’s nuptials. According to Express UK, Princess Michael tried to take over the wedding, earning her the title “Princess Pushy.” Several members of the royal family were invited to the wedding, but didn’t attend due to “prior engagements.” Many believe that this was in direct response to their dislike for the groom’s mother.

Lord Frederick and his wife have two daughters together. Maud Elizabeth Daphne Marina was born in 2013 and Isabella Alexandra May Windsor was born in 2016.

Prince and Princess Michael also have a daughter, Lady Gabriella Windsor, a freelance writer who is 36 years old and unmarried. She graduated from Brown University in Rhode Island before earning her Master of Philosophy degree in social anthropology from Oxford University.


4. She Lives at Kensington Palace, but Only Recently Started Paying Rent

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Princess Michael and her husband live in an apartment in Kensington Palace (yes, that makes them neighbors to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge). Over the past few decades, they have lived in a 5-bedroom apartment at the palace, but they’ve only paid to live there since 2008. Prior to then, Queen Elizabeth footed the annual bill, paying over $150,000 per year for the apartment from 2002-2008, while the prince and princess paid about $100 a week, basically enough to cover their utility bills.

“In 2002 it was agreed that rent should be paid on the apartment occupied by Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, and the Queen agreed to pay this rent from her own funds for up to seven years.
“The rent is paid to the Grant-in-aid, provided by the Government for the maintenance of the Occupied Royal Palaces. It has now been agreed that, from 2010, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent will remain at their apartment but pay the rent from their own funds,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement, according to the Telegraph.

The couple sold their Gloucestershire country mansion of Nether Lypiatt in 2006.


5. She Has Written 7 Books, Has Experience in Interior Decorating & Loves Animals

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Princess Michael has penned three non-fiction books: Crowned in a Far Country: Eight Royal Brides (Weidenfeld), Cupid and the King – Five Royal Paramours, and The Serpent and The Moon. She has also published two novels: The Queen Of Four Kingdoms and Agnès Sorel: Mistress of Beauty.

She also has written A Cheetah’s Tale and Quicksilver. 

“For more than twenty five years, the Princess has pursued a successful career lecturing on historical topics,” her website reads.

Before becoming a princess, she apprenticed as an interior decorator.

“Following two courses in Fine and Decorative Arts at the Victoria & Albert Museum in the early 70s, she spent five years as an apprentice for London’s top interior designers and eventually opened her own successful business, SZAPAR DESIGNS. Princess Michael was offered to re-decorate a suite in the Baltschug Kempinski hotel, Moscow, which led to other commissions in Russia and Europe. Princess Michael spent 13 years on the Board of the V&A, before being appointed President of Partridge Fine Art in Bond Street,” reads her website.

Her website also states that she joined Galerie Gmurzynska in Zurich and St.Moritz back in 2013.

Princess Michael loves animals and owns several horses, dogs, and cats, according to Hello Magazine.

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1) Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and a brother of James… to those who have been called, who are loved in God the Father and kept for Jesus Christ: 2) Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance.
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3) Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt compelled to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to God’s holy people. 4) For certain individuals whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.
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5) Though you already know all this, I want to remind you that the Lord at one time delivered his people out of Egypt, but later destroyed those who did not believe. 6) And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their proper dwelling—these he has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the great Day. 7) In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire.
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8) In the very same way, on the strength of their dreams these ungodly people pollute their own bodies, reject authority and heap abuse on celestial beings. 9) But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not himself dare to condemn him for slander but said, “The Lord rebuke you!” 10) Yet these people slander whatever they do not understand, and the very things they do understand by instinct—as irrational animals do—will destroy them.
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11) Woe to them! They have taken the way of Cain; they have rushed for profit into Balaam’s error; they have been destroyed in Korah’s rebellion.
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12) These people are blemishes at your love feasts, eating with you without the slightest qualm—shepherds who feed only themselves. They are clouds without rain, blown along by the wind; autumn trees, without fruit and uprooted—twice dead. 13) They are wild waves of the sea, foaming up their shame; wandering stars, for whom blackest darkness has been reserved forever.
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14) Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about them: “See, the Lord is coming with thousands upon thousands of his holy ones 15) to judge everyone, and to convict all of them of all the ungodly acts they have committed in their ungodliness, and of all the defiant words ungodly sinners have spoken against him.” 16) These people are grumblers and faultfinders; they follow their own evil desires; they boast about themselves and flatter others for their own advantage.
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17) But, dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold. 18) They said to you, “In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires.” 19) These are the people who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit.
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20) But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, 21) keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.
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22) Be merciful to those who doubt; 23) save others by snatching them from the fire; to others show mercy, mixed with fear—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.
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24) To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— 25) to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen. [NIV]
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Praise be to God, and to his Son Jesus Christ!… and may God bless and show mercy to the members of the House of Joseph!
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Satan and his minions have conspired to create a rift between Queen Elizabeth, Princess Michael, Harry and Harry’s soon bride!… and so, the ensuing video I-S N-O-T T-O B-E B-E-L-I-E-V-E-D! And the C-L-E-A-R tell-taled sign of D-E-C-E-P-T-I-O-N, is the term, T-R-U-M-P_H-A-T-I-N-G!… and, as if to convey the view, that the Monarchy is P-L-E-A-S-E-D with MR. PHEWTUS! The addition of the expression, therefore, is a R-E-V-E-A-L-I-N-G I-N-D-I-C-A-T-I-O-N of the purpose for which the video was made! And further, I now suggest that the video was made by “R-A-C-I-S-T W-H-I-T-E S-U-P-R-E-M-A-C-I-S-T T-R-U-M-P-I-A-N S-O-C-I-O-P-S-Y-C-H-O-P-A-T-H-S”!
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INFORMATION itself, our INTERPRETATION OF INFORMATION, our ABILITY TO INTERPRET INFORMATION, AND THE LACKS THEREOF, are A-L-L one of two things:… either inherently PATHIC, or inherently HUGIÉS!… and so, and thus, necessitating the subsuming of Education’s Model within and withunder the HEALTH MODEL; therefore, ALGORITHMS themselves, our INTERPRETATION OF ALGORITHMS, our ABILITY TO INTERPRET ALGORITHMS, AND THE LACKS THEREOF, are A-L-L one of two things:… either inherently PATHIC, or inherently HUGIÉS!… and so, and thus, necessitating the subsuming of Computing’s Model within and withunder the HEALTH MODEL – JOHN MAYOR
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Princess Michael’s “blackamoor jewelry” is in the same vain as “portrait cameo jewelry” worn by Queen Elizabeth herself!… and has been a staple of British Monarchs, for centuries! It bespeaks of inclusion!… and endearment!… not racism! And the House of Kent is WELL VERSED in its history, formality, and protocol! And!… I’ll add… “I” don’t care what “skin hue” you possess, if you act like a BEAST in a social setting, you should be called to account!
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