An assistant to King Carlos III and King Camila has resigned after apologizing for the “unacceptable comments” he made to the director of a charity on Tuesday night during an official act, Buckingham Palace reported on Wednesday in a release.
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The Royal House acknowledges that the person in charge, who in the press has been identified as the veteran lady-in-waiting Lady Susan Hussey, made “deeply regrettable” remarks to Ngozi Fulani, the director of the London NGO Sistah Space against violence against women.
“We take this incident very seriously and have immediately investigated to establish the details. The person in question wishes to express his apologies for the damage caused and has left his honorary position with immediate effect,” the statement said.
The Royal House has invited Ngozi Fulani to the palace to talk about his experience and ensures that he constantly “reminds all members that they must apply diversity and inclusiveness policies at all times.”
The incident was initially revealed by the victim herself on Twitter, who says that “Lady SH” “parted her hair to see” her badge and transcribes the conversation held during the reception offered this Tuesday at Buckingham Palace by Camila to denounce the violence against women, which was attended by some 300 representatives of charities.
The London activist explains that, shortly after arriving, the aristocrat approached her and began to question her about her “real” origin, despite the fact that she repeated that she was born and raised in the United Kingdom.
When Ngozi Fuloni tells her that her non-profit organization is based in the London suburb of Hackney, the lady presses her to tell him “where are you really from” and “what part of Africa” are you from.
She then asks what nationality she is, and when the black activist tells her she’s British, the royal assistant wants her to tell her “where your people come from” and asks how long she’s been in the UK.
“Mrs! I’m British, my parents emigrated in the 1950s when…” Fuloni said. “Oh I knew we would get to the bottom of this, she is Caribbean!” Lady SH replied, according to her Twitter account of hers.
“No ma’am, I am of African heritage, Caribbean descent and British nationality,” the activist continued, after which the lady-in-waiting continued to insist on finding her origin.
Mandu Reid, leader of the minority Women’s Equality Party, who was at the event, has said Hussey’s comments were “offensive” and “racist” in calling into question whether a black person is British.
Although Sistah Space and the palace have not named the alleged perpetrator, the press has identified her as Lady Susan Hussey, the 83-year-old godmother of Prince William, who was a lady-in-waiting to Elizabeth II and has stayed as part of the court. of King Carlos III and the queen consort, Camila.