- Sean Coughlan
- royal correspondent
The late Queen II. Lady Susan Hussey, Elizabeth’s bridesmaid and Prince William’s godmother, has apologized and resigned from her honorary position in the British royal house after she repeatedly asked the head of a British charity «where she really was». .
Ngozi Fulani, the founder of an organization that supports women of African and Caribbean descent who experience domestic and sexual abuse, was questioned about descendant questions at a charity event at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday.
Fulani said Prince William was «totally stunned» by the godmother’s comments.
Buckingham described the comments as: «unacceptable and very sad».
A spokesman for Prince William said there was «no place for racism in our society».
«The comments were unacceptable and it was right for the person to step aside immediately,» they said.
The 83-year-old Lady Hussey was a close confidant of the late Queen and accompanied her to the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral last year.
in an interview with the website independentFulani said the problem «exceeds one person». This is institutional racism«.
«I was in shock after the incident, and anyone who knows me knows that I don’t believe in this kind of nonsense,» he said.
«But I had to take a lot of things into account. As a black man, I found myself at a point where I wanted to say something, but I knew that no matter what, it would automatically be perceived as my fault, would be affected.» [mi organización benéfica] Sistah Space».
Fulani added that she did not want to see Lady Hussey «smeared».
Mandu Reid, leader of the Women’s Equality Party and an eyewitness to the conversation, told the BBC that Lady Hussey’s questions were «offensive, racist and unwelcome».
He added that although Fulani had previously revealed that he was born and lived in England, he had a «feeling of belief» in the exchange, where he was questioned about where he came from.
Incident and reaction in Buckingham
Fulani attended a reception at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday for London-based Sistah Space.
Along with 300 others, Queen Camilla was invited to an event where she warned of «a global epidemic of violence against women».
On Wednesday, Fulani described on Twitter how the royal official shook her hair sideways to see the nameplate and then challenged her to reveal where she was from.
In the post, Fulani referred to the palace attendant simply as «Lady SH».
Witness Reid confirmed to the BBC that the person making the comments was Lady Susan Hussey, who saw the nameplate. Neither Buckingham Palace nor the charity named him.
In a statement from Buckingham Palace, the following statements were included: “We take this incident very seriously and immediately began investigating to determine all the details.«.
«In this case, unacceptable and extremely distressing comments were made. We have contacted Ngozi Fulani about this and invite him to personally discuss all aspects of his experience if he wishes,» Metin said.
«Meanwhile, the person concerned wishes to express his deep apologies for the harm caused and resigned from his honorary post with immediate effect.
«All courtiers are reminded of the diversity and inclusion policies they must always support.»
The BBC asked Lady Hussey for her opinion via Buckingham Palace.
Here Full conversation about Fulani:
Miss SH: Where are you from?
SH: No, where do you come from?
SH: No, where in Africa are you from?
Me: I don’t know, they didn’t leave any records.
SH: You should know where you’re from, I spent time in France. Where are you from
Me: Here, from England.
SH: No, but what nationality are you from?
Me: I was born here and I’m British.
SH: No, but where do you really come from, where do your people come from?
Me: ‘My people’ ma’am, what is this?
SH: Ah, I can see I’m going to challenge you to tell me where you’re from. When did you first come here?
Me: Ma’am! I’m a British citizen, when my parents came here in the 50’s…
SH: Ah, I knew we’d get there eventually, you’re the Caribbean!
Me: No ma’am, I am of African descent, Caribbean descent and British nationality.
SH: Ah, so you…
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