Royal aide who resigned in racism row offers to meet black campaigner

The late Queen's lady-in-waiting who made "unacceptable" comments to a charity boss has offered to personally meet with her.

Lady Susan Hussey, 83, publicly apologised and stepped down from her honorary role at the palace after she was accused of racial abuse by Ngozi Fulani, a Black British campaigner, after the royal aide repeatedly asked where she was from at a reception on Tuesday (Nov 29).

Now friends have told the Daily Mail that Lady Hussey, who is godmother to Prince William, wants to apologise to Ms Fulani, founder and chief executive of London charity Sistah Space, in person.

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Sources claimed that Palace officials had "reached out" to Ms Fulani through several channels to express "profound" regret over Lady Hussey's comments, and have said they are keen to meet with her when she feels ready.

However, Ms Fulani refuted these claims, telling Good Morning Britain that she had not heard from the Palace since being "interrogated" by the aide.

She said on the programme: "No. I don’t know where this has come from, but I’m telling you categorically – we have not heard from the Palace."

Ms Fulani, who works as an advocate for survivors of domestic abuse, described her experience with Lady Hussey as a "violation" and said she felt "trapped" during the exchange.

She tweeted that Lady Hussey "approached me, moved my hair to see my name badge" and then repeatedly asked her questions such as: "What part of Africa are you from?" and: "Where do your people come from?"

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Despite repeatedly asserting that she is British, the royal aide said: "I can see I am going to have a challenge getting you to say where you're from."

Yesterday (Wednesday, November 30), Buckingham Palace announced that Lady Hussey was resigning her post as a "Lady of the Household."

She had served as Queen Elizabeth II's lady-in-waiting for 62 years and, upon her death, was kept on in the honorary role by King Charles III.

The Palace said: "We take this incident extremely seriously and have investigated immediately to establish the full details.

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"In this instance, unacceptable and deeply regrettable comments have been made. We have reached out to Ngozi Fulani on this matter, and are inviting her to discuss all elements of her experience in person if she wishes.

"In the meantime, the individual concerned would like to express her profound apologies for the hurt caused and has stepped aside from her honorary role with immediate effect.

"All members of the household are being reminded of the diversity and inclusivity policies which they are required to uphold at all times."


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