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Prince William’s Godmother Resigns From Royal Duties Amid Racism Row


Prince William's godmother resigns as Royal amid racism

Prince William’s official spokesman at Kensington Palace was asked about the controversy. (File)

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Prince William’s godmother on Wednesday resigned from her honorary duties at Buckingham Palace following controversial remarks made to a black British charity worker at an event deemed racial segregation.

Lady Susan Hussey, 83, who served as an aide to the late Queen Elizabeth II as one of her maids, apologized after it was reported that she had repeatedly questioned Ngozi Fulani, who founded the London-based charity Sistah Space, about her. set at an event hosted by Queen Consort Camilla at the palace in London on Tuesday.

Fulani revealed the exchange on Twitter and said she was “totally stunned” when asked “what part of Africa are you from” and “where are you actually from” even when saying she was born in the UK and British.

Prince William’s official spokesman at Kensington Palace was asked about the controversy and said “racism has no place in our society”.

“The comments were unacceptable and it is true that the individual stepped aside with immediate effect,” the spokesperson said.

Fulani said the incident left her with “mixed feelings” about the event, organized by Camilla to highlight the issue of violence against women and girls, which was attended by about 300 other guests including the First Lady. Ukraine, Olena Zelenska and Queen Rania of Jordan.

“We take this incident extremely seriously and investigated immediately to determine the full details,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement.

“In this case, unacceptable and extremely regrettable comments were made. We have reached out to Ngozi Fulani regarding the matter and invited her to discuss all the factors directly. In the meantime, the individual involved will want to express a deep apology for the harm caused and for having immediately relinquished her honorable role.” palace said.

“All family members are being reminded of the diversity and inclusion policies they must always uphold,” it added.

A witness to the conversation, Mandu Reid, told the BBC that Lady Hussey’s questions were “offensive, racist and unwelcome”.

The leader of the Women’s Equality Party said she felt “incredible” about the exchange in which Fulani was questioned about her hometown, although she explained that she was born and lived in the UK.

Reid herself confirmed that the person making the comment, Lady Susan Hussey, had seen her name badge, with the palace statement making no mention of a specific name.

Hussey was one of the late Queen’s closest friends and confidants for many years and even accompanied her at the funeral of her husband, Prince Philip, in April 2021 when numbers were limited. due to COVID lockdown rules.

(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and was automatically generated from the aggregate feed.)

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