“The Sistah Space charity has suffered as a direct result. When you think that this was supposed to be for violence against women and girls because of this incident the violence has been directed to me. The palace hasn’t intervened, I think they could have. So what I’ve had to do, I’ve now temporarily stepped down as CEO of Sistah Space.”
For more context, on November 30, 2022, Ngozi Fulani said she was repeatedly asked racist questions by a palace aide - who has since been identified as Lady Susan Hussey - when she attended a Buckingham Palace reception, held on November 29 to raise awareness of violence against women and hosted by Queen Consort Camilla.
Ms Fulani took to Twitter to document her experience and claimed that the palace aide asked her questions like, “Where do you really come from?” and “When did you first come here?” even after she told the palace aide she was born in the UK.
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Ms Fulani said the palace aide - who she referred to as ‘Lady SH’ - also said, “I can see I am going to have a challenge getting you to say where you’re from.”
Buckingham Palace swiftly released a statement after Ms Fulani Tweeted about her visit to the palace and said the palace aide in question had resigned from their “honorary role” and apologised for making the “unacceptable and deeply regrettable comments”.
A spokesperson for Prince William and Kate Middleton also released a statement about the racist comments that were allegedly made at the time, saying that they were “unacceptable”.
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“I was really disappointed to hear about the guest's experience. Racism has no place in our society. These comments were unacceptable and it's right that the individual has stepped aside with immediate effect,” the Prince and Princess of Wales’ spokesperson said.
They also added that Prince William, who was on a plane travelling to the US when the news of this incident first broke, was made aware of the situation immediately and he completely supported the action that was taken against the involved palace aide.