Royal Family race row erupts after Palace aide asks guest ‘where are you really from?’


The event was hosted by the Queen Consort on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, the Twitter account for Sistah Space, an organisation dedicated to helping women from Caribbean and African communities access help for domestic violence, said their founder, Ngozi Fulani, had been invited to the Palace on that day.

The account said Ms Fulani had “mixed feelings” about the visit, attaching a transcript of what the account claimed was a conversation between her and a member of staff at Buckingham Palace shortly after she arrived.

A member of Palace staff was quoted as asking Ms Fulani where she was “really from”.


Ngozi Fulani was invited to the Palace for the reception (Image: Twitter/@Sistah_Space)


On Tuesday, the Queen Consort hosted a special reception at Buckingham Palace (Image: Getty)

Following the publication of the comment on Twitter, the Palace confirmed a member of the household had resigned and apologised after “unacceptable and deeply regrettable comments”.

Buckingham Palace said in a statement: “We take this incident extremely seriously and have investigated immediately to establish the full details.

“In this instance, unacceptable and deeply regrettable comments have been made.

“We have reached out to Ngozi Fulani on this matter, and are inviting her to discuss all elements of her experience in person if she wishes.


Ms Fulani attended Tuesday’s reception (Image: PA)

Who is Lady Susan Hussey?

Lady Susan Hussey was a close friend of Queen Elizabeth II, and had been since Prince Andrew’s birth in 1960.

Known as one of the Queen’s Ladies in Waiting, Lady Susan served the Queen for more than 60 years.

Her duties included

  • Responding to letters
  • Aiding the Queen with daily activities
  • Helping the Queen bathe and dress

Lady Susan was a key staff member part of the so-called ‘HMS bubble’ during the Covid-19 pandemic.

She accompanied the Queen during Prince Philip’s funeral in April 2021.

Lady Susan was married to the late BBC chairman Marmaduke Hussey and is the fifth and youngest daughter of the 12th Earl Waldegrave and Mary Hermione, Countess Waldegrave.

She is godmother to Prince William, and has been dubbed “Number 1 head girl” at Buckingham Palace.

In the Queen’s 2013 Birthday Honours, Lady Susan was made a Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (GCVO).

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She was identified as Lady Susan Hussey, one of the late Queen Elizabeth II’s closest confidantes (Image: Getty)

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