Susan Hussey: Royal Adjutant Personally Apologizes to Black Charity Boss


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According to a statement from Buckingham Palace, a meeting “filled with warmth and understanding” took place on Friday between an honorary royal adviser and the black charity’s founder, who repeatedly asked her where she “really” came from.

Susan Hussey “sincerely” apologized to Ngozi Fulani for her comments and “the distress” they caused her.

She vowed to “deepen her awareness of the sensitivities involved and is grateful for the opportunity to learn more about the issues in this area.”

The statement added that Fulani “accepted this apology and appreciates that no malice was intended,” noting that she “unfairly received the most appalling barrage of abuse on social media and elsewhere.”

Susan Hussey, who has stepped down from her role at Buckingham Palace, attends the funeral service for the Duke of Edinburgh at London's Westminster Abbey on March 29, 2022.

Fulani, the founder of Sistah Space, and the royal aide have asked to be “left alone to rebuild their lives after an immensely trying time for both of them”.

Hussey resigned from her role at Buckingham Palace following the incident earlier this month. She served as lady-in-waiting to the late Queen Elizabeth II for more than 60 years and is godmother to the Prince of Wales.

Following the event, Fulani told the BBC: “It was like an interrogation.

“Although it’s not physical violence — it’s abuse.”

She added, “I really have to wonder how this can happen in a space designed to protect women from all kinds of violence.”

Ngozi Fulani, founder of the charity Sistah Space.

The incident has raised awkward questions for the royal institution. Diane Abbott, a Labor MP representing Fulani and the first black woman elected to the House of Commons in 1987, told CNN she was “shocked”.

“It’s 2022, and someone can talk like that and think like that,” she said.

Abbott said the suggestion that a black person is not truly British is less common today than it was decades ago, but still persists across generations.

“King Charles III. and many people around him are now deeply committed to modernizing the monarchy. They want to modernize it, they want to keep it relevant,” Abbott said. “But this kind of incident brings her back.”

“Meghan Markle has spoken out about it and she has been abused outright – and she is still the target of negativity in the UK press,” Abbott added, referring to the Duchess of Sussex. “I think this incident shows that what Meghan Markle was trying to imply is true.”

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