The late queen’s lady-in-waiting, Lady Susan Hussey, meets the head of the black charity Ngozi Fulani to apologize in person for asking him at the Palace reception: “Which part of Africa are you from?”
Lady Susan Hussey met the head of a black British charity, Ngozi Fulani, today to apologize to her in person for asking her “what part of Africa are you from?” at a royal reception.
Buckingham Palace said: “At this meeting, filled with warmth and understanding, Lady Susan offered her sincerest apologies for the comments that were made and the distress they caused Ms Fulani.
‘Lady Susan is committed to deepening her awareness of the sensitivities involved and welcomes the opportunity to learn more about the issues in this area.
“Ms. Fulani, who has been wronged by the most appalling torrent of abuse on social media and elsewhere, has accepted this apology and appreciates that there was no malice.”
Ngozi Fulani said she had suffered ‘horrific abuse’ on social media since the incident.
Buckingham Palace said today that Lady Susan “has undertaken to deepen her awareness of the sensitivities involved and is grateful for the opportunity to learn more.”
Lady Susan stepped down from her role at the Palace for six decades over reports that she had touched Ms. Fulani’s hair and repeatedly asked her where it came from.
This was despite Ms Ngozi saying she was from Hackney, North East London, and that she was British.
Only when the black activist said she was of Caribbean descent and of African origin did Lady Hussey stop and say: “I knew we would get there eventually.”
Ms Fulani, 57, then posted a transcript of the exchange on social media, sparking a furious protest, prompting Lady Susan to resign her position.