Breakthrough at Buckingham Palace for Prince William’s godmother and the activist who abused her


A senior British royal aide who quit her role at Buckingham Palace after asking the director of a black British charity where she “really” met with the activist to apologize and vowed to learn from the incident, according to a joint announcement released on Friday. .

Long-waiting Queen Elizabeth II and godmother to heir apparent Prince William, Susan Hussey, 83, met Ngozi Fulani, a British campaigner and chief executive of domestic violence charity Systah Space, on Friday at Buckingham Palace where she apologized.

Hussey vowed to “deepen her awareness of the sensitivities involved and is grateful for the opportunity to learn more about the issues in this field,” according to the statement, which noted that Fulani has “unfairly received the most appalling torrents of abuse on social media and elsewhere.” Fulani accepted the apology and said “no malice intent”.

The controversy arose after an event at Buckingham Palace last month, aimed at raising awareness of violence against women and girls. Fulani, one of about 300 guests at the event, later wrote on Twitter that she had “mixed feelings” about the event and described an interaction with a woman she called “Lady SH” shortly after her arrival.

Fulani said the woman asked a series of questions, including, “What part of Africa are you from?” and “Where did I really come from?”

I just stood at the edge of the room, smiling [and] the activist wrote on Twitter.

Mando Reed, a leader of the Women’s Equality Party and a witness to the interaction, later told The Washington Post that it felt like an “interrogation”.

“It was question after question… It wasn’t fleeting, it was several minutes,” she said.

Buckingham Palace announced the following day that a member of the royal family had “stepped down from her honorary role with immediate effect” after an inquest concluded that “unacceptable and deeply regrettable comments” had been made.

Although she was not named, it soon became clear who the royal family member was.

Hussie has been a well-known royal, having played an unpaid role since 1960. She’s cast in the new season of Netflix’s “The Crown” as a close friend and advisor to the Queen — a role she’s also played in real life, who’s been dubbed “Main Girl Number One.” and the official title “Woman of the Bedchamber,” meaning she was the Queen’s right-hand man.

Her comments sparked a wave of criticism of the royal family, which has suffered from reports of racism in the past. But some people criticized Fulani for posting about the incident.

Sistah Space, which supports women of African and Caribbean heritage affected by domestic violence and sexual assault, posted a statement on Instagram last week announcing that it had to “pause many of our operations to ensure the safety of our service users and team.”

In a statement carried by British media, it said the Fulani team and their family had received “some horrific abuse via social media”.

After their meeting on Friday, Fulani and Hase said they would seek “peace to rebuild their lives in the aftermath of a very painful period for both of them.”

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