Princess Michael in racist slur row
Princess Michael of Kent found herself labelled a racist after reportedly telling a group of noisy black diners in a New York restaurant to "go back to the colonies."
"You need to go back to the colonies!" she reportedly shouted at the exuberant group who had ignored a previous royal request to quiet down.
"I was stupefied," said one of the black diners, fashion TV correspondent Nicole Young. "I have never experienced anything like that in my life."
But Princess Michael's spokesman in London, Simon Astaire, said he had spoken with the princess and flatly denied Wednesday that she had made any racist remark.
"Any suggestion she made a racist comment is simply untrue. She did not make a racist comment," said Astaire.
But another of the diners involved, TV reporter A.J. Callaway, told the Post that he had also heard the "colonies" reference.
"It's sad that, in today's world, people still have that mentality," Callaway told the newspaper.
The German-born princess, who has never been a popular royal, was in the United States to attend the graduation of her daughter, Lady Gabriella Windsor, from Brown University.
She is married to Prince Michael of Kent, a cousin to Queen Elizabeth II