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To make apologies for a racist incident that happened at a reception Camilla, the Queen Consort, threw last month, Buckingham Palace set up a meeting.
Today at Buckingham Palace, Lady Susan Hussey and Sistah Space founder Ngozi Fulani had a meeting. “At this meeting, filled with warmth and understanding, Lady Susan offered her sincere apologies for the comments that were made and the distress they caused to Ms Fulani,” the palace said in a statement today. “Lady Susan has pledged to deepen her awareness of the sensitivities involved and is grateful for the opportunity to learn more about the issues in this area.”
The palace stated that Fulani, “who has unfairly received the most appalling torrent of abuse on social media and elsewhere, has accepted this apology and appreciates that no malice was intended.”
On November 29, the incident took place during the queen consort’s event at Buckingham Palace on violence against women and girls. There, Fulani, a Black British woman, was relentlessly questioned about her ethnicity and origins by Lady Susan Hussey, Camilla’s former right-hand lady and Prince William’s godmother. On Twitter, Fulani detailed the unpleasant dialogue, and the palace quickly apologized. Even representatives for Prince William and Catherine, Princess of Wales, offered their opinions on the subject.
The palace stated that the royal houses had resolved their dispute after the two women spoke and apparently put it behind them. “will continue their focus on inclusion and diversity, with an enhanced programme of work which will extend knowledge and training programmes, examining what can be learnt from Sistah Space, and ensuring these reach all members of their communities.”