Charity boss hits out at Palace statement on royal racism

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Charity founder Ngozi Fulani has blasted a statement from Buckingham Palace addressing discriminatory remarks made by royal aide Lady Susan Hussey. Lady Hussey, who is Prince William’s godmother, has apologised and resigned after Ms Fulani revealed she was repeatedly asked what her nationality was and “what part of Africa” she came from. Buckingham Palace has since issued a statement condemning the incident and asserting royal officials have “reached out” to Ms Fulani to discuss the matter. In an interview with LBC on Wednesday evening, the charity boss refuted the Palace’s claims that she had been “invited” to discuss her experience.

Ms Fulani told LBC: “Nobody from the Palace has spoken to me – I don’t know what anyone is talking about. 

“I have not been in direct communication with [the Palace], unless they have spoken to somebody from Sistah Space. 

“I, personally, have had no conversation with anybody from the Palace. I don’t know about an invitation.”

Ms Fulani is the founder of the organisation Sistah Space, the leading domestic abuse charity for black women in the UK.

Ms Fulani continued: “Of course, I’d be happy to have a conversation with anybody to bring about a positive solution. 

“Sistah Space is about positive solution and the illumination of violence against women and girls.”

Referring to Lady Hussey, who is 83 years old, she added: “I wish the lady could be spoken to and know the damage she caused. 

“For her to resign and all that kind of stuff, that has nothing to do with me and, to be honest, I don’t feel good about that.

“Apparently she has been there for years, she’s an elder and in my culture we respect our elders.”

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Accusations of institutional racism emerged after a transcript of the conversation between Ms Fulani and “Lady SH” was posted to the Sistah Space Twitter page.

Ms Fulani was asked: “What part of Africa are you from”. The charity founder asserted she was from the UK and considered herself to be British.

During the exchange, the transcript detailed that Lady Hussey said: “Oh, I can see I am going to have a challenge getting you to say where you’re from. When did you first come here?”

Ms Fulani described the conversation as “traumatic” and told The Independent: “This is bigger than one individual. It’s institutional racism.”

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A statement from Buckingham Palace regarding the allegations read: “We take this incident extremely seriously and have investigated immediately to establish the full details.

“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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