Meghan's wedding hotel features cast-iron blackamoor slave statues

Meghan Markle and her mother stayed at Cliveden House the night before they married Prince Harry

Meghan's bridal hotel in a storm of racism: the Cliveden house features black iron slave statues … only weeks after Duchess and her mother stayed the night before their big day

  • Cliveden House exhibited statuettes after storing them for years
  • Cast iron blackamoor figurines were popular in the 18th and 19th centuries
  • Duchess of Sussex, who is of mixed race, stayed in the complex before her wedding

Charlie Bayliss for Mailonline

The luxury hotel where the Duchess of Sussex stayed the night before marrying Prince Harry has been Engaged in a racist dispute after two black-style statues were discovered.

Cliveden House has placed the statuettes on display inside their grounds after having been stored for several decades.

Meghan, a mestizo race, stayed at the five-star resort with her African-American mother Doria Ragland the night before she married Prince Harry earlier this year.

Meghan Markle and her mother stayed at Cliveden House the night before they married Prince Harry

Meghan Markle and her mother stayed at Cliveden House the night before they married Prince Harry

Blackamoor cast iron figures were popular in the 18th and 19th centuries, and often represented African slaves.

Last December, Princess Michael of Kent had to apologize for wearing a black brooch or a brooch during a lunch at Buckingham Palace that Meghan also attended.

The actual author Phil Dampier said that the works of art were made known shortly after the debacle of Princess Michael of Kent.

He told The Sun: "Cliveden was fortunate to play such a charming role at the wedding, so the moment could not be worse, it is the beggars' belief.

The Duchess of Sussex and her mother are greeted upon arrival at the Cliveden house

The Duchess of Sussex and her mother are greeted upon arrival at the Cliveden house

The Duchess of Sussex and her mother are greeted upon arrival at the Cliveden house

A visitor at the hotel added: "I think this is highly offensive.

"Cliveden now has an association with Meghan, since that's where he stayed before getting married, so it's as inappropriate as the Princess Michael episode."

A spokesperson for the National Trust said the sculptures were part of the Cliveden House collection, and were photographed at Duke's Garden in 1904.

They had been restored and put back on display at Cliveden House six months ago, but have just been returned to their location in the garden.

The spokesperson of the National Trust added: "Representing the diverse cultural history of the nation sheds light on past cultural attitudes and gives us contemporary challenges, but it should not mean exercising censorship or closing the debate."

MailOnline has contacted Cliveden House to receive comments.

A spokesperson for the National Trust said the sculptures were part of the Cliveden House collection, and were photographed at Duke's Garden in 1904.

A spokesperson for the National Trust said the sculptures were part of the Cliveden House collection, and were photographed at Duke's Garden in 1904.

A spokesperson for the National Trust said the sculptures were part of the Cliveden House collection, and were photographed at Duke's Garden in 1904.

The statuettes had been restored and put back on display at Cliveden House six months ago, but have just been returned to their location in the garden (stock image)

The statuettes had been restored and put back on display at Cliveden House six months ago, but have just been returned to their location in the garden (stock image)

The statuettes had been restored and put back on display at Cliveden House six months ago, but have just been returned to their location in the garden (stock image)

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