In a statement, Allen said the suspension follows after acknowledging concerns raised by “citizens over the image on the medal and the growing global rejection of the use of items that normalize further degradation of people of color.”
Allen sent a letter to the Chancellor of the Order of St. Michael and St. George asking for a revision of the painting, recommending that it be “changed to reflect an inclusive picture of the common humanity of all peoples,” the statement said.
CNN contacted the palace press service for comment, but has not yet received a response.
Order of St. Michael and St. George recognizes service in a foreign country or in connection with foreign and common affairs, such as the work of foreign officials and diplomats, according to the royal website.
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