a loaded scene racism during an official event chaired by queen consort, stretcher, Buckingham Palace in London sparked strong controversy within the British royal family and apology and resignation of an assistant «with an honorary position».
“Mixed feelings about yesterday’s visit to Buckingham Palace. Ten minutes after I arrived, Lady SH, a staff member, came up to me and moved my hair to see my name tag. The conversation I have shown below took place. Ngozi Fulani, executive director of Sistah Space, denounced «the rest of the story is blurred,» detailing the dialogue on Twitter.
Fulani decided not to mention the designated official, so she simply called her «Lady SH». According to his account, The woman repeatedly asked him where he was «really» from and «which part of Africa» he had traveled to, believing that he was British.
Sistah Space is a London-based organization that provides specialist services to women of African and Caribbean descent who experience domestic and sexual abuse in the UK. Fulani was invited as the head of this NGO to the event organized by the Royal House on domestic violence. At the gala attended by 300 guests, King III. Carlos’ wife, Camilla, warned of a «global epidemic of violence against women».
There the assistant asked Fulani where he was from «Africa». A speech that the palace called «unacceptable and very sad».
«We take this incident very seriously and have investigated promptly to determine all the details,» Buckingham Palace said in a statement.
“In this case, unacceptable and very sad statements were made. We contacted Ngozi Fulani about this and If you wish, we invite you to discuss all aspects of your experience in person.
«Meanwhile, the person concerned wishes to express his deep apologies for the harm caused and He resigned from his honorary post with immediate effect. To all members of the Royal Household diversity and inclusion policies that they must always be defended».
Meanwhile, a witness Mandu Reid, She expressed her solidarity with Fulani, Chairman of the Women’s Equality Party, in a tweet. «For people like Lady SH, people like us will never belong here.»
In dialogue with the chain bbc, reid said questions «offensive, racist and unwelcome» and that he experienced a «feeling of disbelief» in the face of the conversation and that he «questioning».
According to the English site Evening Standard, relevant assistant Lady Susan Hussey, 83, who was on duty at the time of the incident. Queen Elizabeth II for over 60 years. She was a bridesmaid to Elizabeth and godmother to the Prince of Wales.
According to the head of the NGO, the conversation between Fulani and the assistant was as follows:
Ms. SH: Where are you from
Fulani: From Sistah Space.
S: No, where are you from?
Fulani: We are in Hackney
S: No, what part of Africa are YOU from?
Fulani: I don’t know, they didn’t leave any records.
S: You must know where you’re from, I spent time in France. Where are you from
Fulani: From here in the UK.
S: No, but what nationality are you from?
Fulani: I was born here and I’m English
S: No, but really where do you come from, where do your people come from?
Fulani: «My people» woman, what is it?
S: Oh, I see it would be hard for me if you told me where you’re from. When did you first come here?
Fulani: Woman! I am a British citizen, my family came here in the 50’s, when…
S: Ah, I knew we’d get to this point eventually, you’re from the Caribbean!
Fulani: I am not a woman, I am of African descent, I am of Caribbean descent and I am a British citizen.
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