British journalist Aatish Taseer, 38, dated the 37-year-old royal, affectionately known as 'Ella,' for three years after meeting through friends in New York in 2003. More than a decade later, he has offered insight into what life is really like inside the royal family.
'Royals and Nazis go together like blini and caviar,' he wrote in his article for Vanity Fair, alleging that 'everyone above a certain age in Britain is at least a tiny bit racist'.
Taseer, the son of Indian journalist Tavleen Singh and late Pakistani politician and businessman Salmaan Taseer, said he 'saw a nice side' of Gabriella's mother, Princess Michael, but noted that almost everyone finds her to be 'perfectly ghastly.'
'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 wrote.
The princess most recently came under fire for wearing a 'racist' blackamoor brooch to her first lunch with Prince Harry's biracial fiancée Meghan Markle.
Princess Michael; apologized after coming under fire for wearing the controversial accessory brooch to the Queen’s lunch at Buckingham Palace.
A spokesperson for the royal said that she's 'very sorry and distressed' for wearing the brooch, adding it was a gift she's worn many times before, without controversy.