After Prince William's godmother Lady Susan Hussey was accused of making racist remarks during an event at Buckingham Palace, it appears that the royal family is thinking about next steps.
“This latest scandal has Palace operatives scrambling to do damage control, and it couldn’t have come at a worse time,” royal expert Christopher Andersen exclusively told Us Weekly. “She’s not a marginal player — she operates at the heart of the royal household.”
“Many of the older royals are still unquestionably tone-deaf, and it remains to be seen what impact this will have on King Charles — and the monarchy," he continued.
It all started when Ngozi Fulani attended an event hosted by Queen Consort Camilla to raise awareness about violence against women, and afterward, she tweeted about the interaction.
Hussey apparently asked, "Where are you from," to which she replied she was from the organization Sistah Space. The royal aide kept asking her about her nationality, despite the woman saying she was British. "Where do your people come from?" Hussey kept asking.
"I am of African heritage, Caribbean descent, and British nationality,” Fulani told Hussey, to which she said, “Oh, so you’re from…”
“It was such a shock to me and the other two women that we were stunned to temporary silence. I just stood at the edge of the room, smiled and engaged briefly with who spoke to me until I could leave," Fulani said.
She continued, “Standing there in a room packed with people while this violation was taking place was so strange, especially as the event was about violence against women … I let my guard down. Never again. It was such a struggle to stay in a space that you were violated in.”
The palace later spoke out about the situation. “We take this incident extremely seriously and have investigated immediately to establish the full details,” a royal spokesperson said in a statement. “In this instance, unacceptable and deeply regrettable comments have been made.”
The message continued, “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.”
For his part, Prince William's spokesperson also spoke out. “Racism has no place in our society, these comments were unacceptable and it's right that the individual concerned has stepped down," he said in a statement.
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