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Row erupts after claim Meghan was vindicated over racism concerns

Ngozi Fulani attends reception at Buckingham Palace

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A row focused on Meghan Markle exploded on Twitter in the wake of the racism scandal that hit Buckingham Palace on Wednesday. It comes after a long-serving royal aide stand down from her honorary role after making “unacceptable and deeply regrettable comments” to charity leader Ngozi Fulani, a guest at Queen Camilla’s reception on domestic violence held on Tuesday. Referring to the allegations of racism made by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex during their landmark interview with Oprah Winfrey in early 2021, commentator and author Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu wrote on Twitter: “Meghan Markle and Prince Harry told you of racism in Royal Family & household. But she was vilified, abused & violated for speaking the truth. Ngozi Fulani’s experience with Lady Susan Hussey wasn’t isolated, one-off or a ‘bad apple’ at Buckingham Palace. You can’t reform this.”

Meghan, who sat down for a two-hour long tell-all interview alongside Harry, claimed there had been “several conversations” within the Palace walls while she was pregnant with Archie Harrison about “how dark” the skin of her firstborn might be once he was born. At the time, the Palace responded the issues raised by Meghan and Harry, “particularly that of race” were “concerning” and, although adding “some recollections may vary”, they would be taken seriously and handled privately by the family. Nile Gardiner, a commentator and aide to former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, hit back at this take, saying: “In reality Meghan Markle was treated extremely well by the Royal Family and the British people. She responded with a series of vicious attacks and lies against the British Monarchy. She has never shown a scintilla of gratitude to the British nation, which warmly welcomed her.”

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    Author and commentator Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu took to Twitter in the wake of the scandal that hit Buckingham Palace on Wednesday and saw the resignation of a long-serving member of the Royal Household who made “unacceptable and deeply regrettable comments” to charity leader Ngozi Fulani at a reception held at the London palace on Tuesday.

    She wrote: “Meghan Markle and Prince Harry told you of racism in Royal Family & household. But she was vilified, abused & violated for speaking the truth. Ngozi Fulani’s experience with Lady Susan Hussey wasn’t isolated, one-off or a ‘bad apple’ at Buckingham Palace. You can’t reform this.”

    However, Nile Gardiner, a commentator and aide to former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, did not agree with this take and, retweeting Dr Mos-Shogbamimu’s message, he wrote: “In reality Meghan Markle was treated extremely well by the Royal Family and the British people. She responded with a series of vicious attacks and lies against the British Monarchy. She has never shown a scintilla of gratitude to the British nation, which warmly welcomed her.”

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