Buckingham Palace official resigns after asking chief executive of black charity where he is “really” from

Buckingham Palace official resigns after asking chief executive of black charity where he is “really” from


An honorary member of Buckingham Palace has resigned and apologized after the founder of a black charity said she was asked at a royal reception on Tuesday if she was really British.

The guest, Ngozi Fulani, is the Executive Director of Sistah Space, an organization that provides specialist services to women of African and Caribbean descent affected by abuse.

Fulani was attending a royal function on domestic abuse hosted by the Queen Consort on Tuesday night when she said a staff member began a series of questions the palace called “unacceptable and deeply regrettable”.

Fulani said the person persistently asked about her heritage and did not accept that she was a British citizen.

Sistah Space shared a rough transcript of the conversation on Twitter on Wednesday. Fulani said that after identifying herself as British-born, the person asked her “where do you really come from;” “where do your people come from;” and “when did you first come here?”

When Fulani replied that she was from the London Borough of Hackney, a member of the household insisted: “No, what part of Africa are you from?” the Sistah Space twitter account was quoted as saying.

Buckingham Palace, which has not named the member of the household involved in the incident, said earlier today that the person concerned had apologized and “stepped down from his honorary role with immediate effect”.

Sistah Space said on its Twitter account on Wednesday that there was “no point in naming and shaming” the person in question, adding “it’s a system that needs to be overhauled”.

“Yes, the person was abusive, but there’s no point in naming and shaming them, that would make us just as bad. We would prefer this to be handled with kindness,” said Sistah Space.

British media have identified the Buckingham Palace official as Lady Susan Hussey, who served as lady-in-waiting to the late Queen Elizabeth II for more than 60 years and is godmother to the Prince of Wales.

CNN has reached out to Ngozi Fulani and Buckingham Palace for further comment from the household member in question.

A spokesman for Buckingham Palace acknowledged the incident and said the palace was taking the situation “extremely seriously”.

“Unacceptable and deeply regrettable comments were made. We have contacted Ngozi Fulani on this matter and invite her to discuss all elements of her experience in person if she wishes,” the spokesperson said.

“In the meantime, the individual concerned wishes to express his deepest apologies for the hurt caused and has immediately stepped down from his honorary role.”

News of the meeting emerged as the Prince and Princess of Wales traveled to the US ahead of the second iteration of the Earthshot Prize Awards later this week.

A spokesman for William said: “Racism has no place in our society, these comments were unacceptable. It is true that the individual in question has resigned.”

The incident is likely to revive concerns that the palace is elitist and out of touch when it comes to issues of race and identity.

The palace has faced accusations of racist behavior in recent years, including over employment practices decades ago and the treatment of Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. Former head of the anti-terrorist police he said on Tuesday that Meghan and Harry faced “disgusting and very real” threats from right-wing extremists.

Meghan stated in an interview with Oprah Winfrey last year that an unnamed family member made comments about their unborn baby’s skin color while she was pregnant with Archie.

Prince William said later the royal family “wasn’t very much a racist family”.

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