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Prince William's godmother Lady Susan Hussey apologizes to charity head after racism allegations: palace

Lady Susan Hussey, who resigned as palace adviser after asking a black British charity director where she was “really from”, apologized personally.

On Friday, royal officials said Prince William’s godmother “offered her sincere apologies” to Ngozi Fulani during a meeting at Buckingham Palace “full of warmth and understanding”.

“Lady Susan pledged to deepen her awareness of the sensitivities involved and welcomes the opportunity to learn more about the issues in this area,” the palace said in a statement.

The statement shared that Fulani, who founded a refuge for women, “accepted this apology and acknowledges that no malice was intended.” The statement was issued on behalf of the women and condemned the “terrible torrent of abuse on social media and elsewhere” directed at the Fulani. He added that it was an “immensely harrowing period” for both parties.

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Royal authorities said that Lady Susan Hussey

Royal officials said Lady Susan Hussey “offered her sincere apologies” to Ngozi Fulani during a meeting at Buckingham Palace “full of warmth and understanding”.
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The palace noted that King Charles III and the royal family are pleased with the “welcome outcome”.

The incident took place last month at a palace reception hosted by Camilla, the queen consort, to raise awareness of domestic violence for women. Fulani was visiting on behalf of Sistah Space, which supports women of African and Caribbean origin.

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After the engagement, Fulani took to social media and described how she was repeatedly asked by a palace family member identified only as “Lady SH” where she “really” came from. The individual allegedly did not accept the Fulani’s response that she was born in the UK and is a British citizen.

“Mixed feelings about yesterday’s visit to Buckingham Palace,” Fulani tweeted via the official Sistah Space account. “10 minutes after arriving, a staff member, Lady SH, approached me, ruffled my hair to see my badge. The conversation below ensued. The rest of the event is a blur.”

Camilla, Queen Consort, center right, hosts a reception attended by Ngozi Fulani, Executive Director of the charity Sistah Space, center left, to raise awareness of violence against women and girls at Buckingham Palace November 2022, in London.

Camilla, Queen Consort, center right, hosts a reception attended by Ngozi Fulani, Executive Director of the charity Sistah Space, center left, to raise awareness of violence against women and girls at Buckingham Palace November 2022, in London.
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Fulani claimed that after sharing that she was from East London, she was interrogated and asked: “What is your nationality?” “Where are you really from?” “Where do your people come from?” and “No, what part of Africa are YOU from?”

The Press Association of Great Britain and several other media outlets in Britain have identified the woman as Hussey, who served as a lady-in-waiting to Queen Elizabeth II for more than 60 years. The BBC reported that the 83-year-old had apologized and resigned.

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Mandu Reid, an eyewitness to the conversation, told BBC News that Hussey’s questions were “offensive, racist and hostile”.

At the time, Buckingham Palace declined to comment on the individual’s identity. A Kensington Palace spokesman said there was “no place” for racism within the palace. A spokesman for the king did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.

According to the BBC, the palace described the comments as “unacceptable and deeply regrettable”.

Lady Susan Hussey, left, was a longtime lady-in-waiting to Queen Elizabeth II, who died on 8 September 2022, aged 96.

Lady Susan Hussey, left, was a longtime lady-in-waiting to Queen Elizabeth II, who died on 8 September 2022, aged 96.
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“The comments were unacceptable and it is right that the individual has removed himself with immediate effect,” added a spokesman for William, 40.

In a statement quoted by the BBC, Buckingham Palace said: “We take this incident extremely seriously and have immediately investigated to establish all the details. In this case, unacceptable and deeply regrettable comments were made. We have reached out to Ngozi Fulani on this matter and are inviting her to personally discuss all elements of her experience, if she wishes.

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“In the meantime, the person concerned would like to express their deepest apologies for the pain caused and has stepped down from their honorary role with immediate effect. All family members are being reminded of the diversity and inclusion policies they must abide by. Uphold in all the moments.”

The incident sparked concern at the palace following Meghan Markle’s allegations of racism. The Duchess of Sussex is a biracial American who is married to Prince Harry. Last year, she told Oprah Winfrey that a member of the royal family asked her what skin color her baby would have when she was pregnant with her first child.

Meghan Markle (left) spoke to Oprah Winfrey (right) in a televised interview that was seen by millions.

Meghan Markle (left) spoke to Oprah Winfrey (right) in a televised interview that was seen by millions.
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After the allegation, William told reporters, “We are not a racist family.”

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The British royal family is once again under intense scrutiny over a six-part Netflix documentary series focusing on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, “Harry & Meghan”. In it, the couple blame the royal family and the British media for their decision to step down from royal duties in 2020 and move to California.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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