British royal PRINCESS MICHAEL OF KENT is at the centre of a second race
row after attempting to clear herself of accusations of racism.
The 59-year-old, whose husband PRINCE MICHAEL is QUEEN ELIZABETH II's
cousin, was criticised in May (04) after allegedly telling black diners in a
New York restaurant to "go back to the colonies" because they were being noisy
and disturbing her
The Princess has denied the charges, insisting she was taken out of
context - but in an interview she has further outraged race groups by referring
to mixed race people as "half-caste".
In an interview with ITV show GMTV in Britain, Princess Michael told
presenter JOHN STAPLETON, "It's such a wicked thing to say to me because it is
against everything I believe in, against everything I have worked for."
She also explained how she had even attempted to disguise herself to
appear black during a visit to Africa when she was younger: "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 and I travelled on African buses."
Human rights organisations have attacked her use of the word
BOBBY MILES, assistant director of THE 1980 TRUST, says, "It is offensive
to anyone who is mixed race. It shows why she is wholly out of touch and
demonstrates her ignorance."