Meghan and Harry’s Finding Freedom author brands Firm ‘toxic’ on race


A member of the Royal Family was forced to step aside from her honorary role immediately after being accused of a “racist” exchange at Buckingham Palace.

The former Lady-in-Waiting, one of Queen Elizabeth II’s most treasured aides, found herself at the centre of a race row after a chat with Ngozi Fulani, founder of the charity Sistah Space.

Ms Fulani, who was born in Britain, said that Lady Hussey had asked her repeatedly where she was from at Buckingham Palace, sparking an apology from the Firm as the aide stepped down.

She told ITV’s Good Morning Britain: “Although I didn’t experience physical violence, what I feel I experienced was a form of abuse.”

Describing how Lady Susan also touched her hair during the incident, she said: “I was stood next to two other women – black women – and she (Lady Susan) just made a beeline for me, and she took my locks and moved it out of the way so that she could see my name badge.

“That’s a no-no. I wouldn’t put my hands in someone’s hair, and culturally it’s not appropriate.”

A Kensington Palace spokesman issued a strong statement, saying: “Racism has no place in our society.

“The comments were unacceptable, and it is right that the individual has stepped aside with immediate effect.”

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Lady Susan made racist comments at a charity event against violence on women (Image: Getty)

Princess Kate ‘so appreciative’ of Boston treatment

Footage from the Prince and Princess of Wales’ trip to Boston for the Earthshot prize showed a beaming Kate happily interacting with the city’s locals.

A video posted by US reporter Rob Way shows the Princess stopping to chat with a woman.

She told the royal she was studying British history, and appeared overwhelmed as they spoke.

Princess Kate warmly responded, and said she welcomed greetings from Boston’s locals.

She said: “Everyone in Boston has been so friendly.

“Honestly, I’m so appreciative of everyone coming to say hi.”

Finding Freedom author brands Royal Family ‘toxic’ after race controversy

Omid Scobie, the author of Meghan and Harry biography Finding Freedom, has weighed in on the recent Royal Family controversy.

Writing on Yahoo News, he dubbed the encounter “appalling”, adding the Royals are “toxic” on race.

He wrote: “The encounter was appalling but, sadly, didn’t shock many.

“The relationship between royals and racial sensitivity is similar to that of oil and water.

“Diversity at royal events sounds great, but does it work if the people there aren’t equipped to deal with it?”

Mr Scobie conceded that the family may have learned lessons from previous controversies.

He said the Palace’s “speedy response” may have “come from lessons learned”.

But he added in brackets: “There is, after all, a new head of communications working for King Charles III.”


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