According to the ex-boyfriend of the daughter of the royal, who spoke to Vanity Fair, Princess Michael named her two black sheep Venus and Serena, after the famed African-American Williams sisters tennis stars. He said:
“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: her pair of black sheep in Gloucestershire were named Venus and Serena,” he explained, but quickly defended the so-called pushy princess. “Most everybody thought she was ‘perfectly ghastly,’ but I saw a nice side of Princess Michael. She could be funny, intelligent, generous, and she was a lot more industrious than the other royals.”
Queen Elizabeth’s wild-card cousin, 73, is reportedly despised by family members because of her alleged bigotry. It’s not reported if Princess Michael still owns the sheep.
She hit the headlines last year for wearing a controversial Blackamoor brooch to Queen Elizabeth’s Christmas lunch, which was attended by Prince Harry and his biracial bride-to-be Meghan Markle.
The pin was a hugely inappropriate symbol said to depict Africans in subservient roles.
She later apologised and vowed to never wear the racist pin again.
In 2004, Princess Michael reportedly told black diners at a restaurant to “go back to the colonies.” She denied she’d said that.
She also ruffled other royal feathers by insultingly calling Prince Harry’s late mother, Princess Diana, “uneducated” while plugging a book in 2014