Prince William’s godmother resigns from Buckingham Palace role following a falling out

The Buckingham Palace family member who resigned after “unacceptable and deeply regrettable comments” made to a black charity boss is godmother to Prince Williams, it has been revealed.

Ngozi Fulani, founder of Britain’s leading domestic abuse charity for black women, says she was “traumatized” after being asked racially offensive questions about her heritage at the event.

The Sistah Space chief executive was invited to a reception on violence against women and girls on Tuesday, hosted by the queen consort Camilla, and described the remarks made by a palace aide as “offence”.

Lady Susan Hussey was Queen Elizabeth II’s lady-in-waiting for more than 60 years and is godmother to the Prince of Wales.

Ngozi Fulani, chief executive officer of Sistah Space, detailed the conversation on Twitter, describing it as a “violation” and said the experience “will never leave me.”

Lady Susan Hussey, 83, invited and on duty at the reception, was Queen Elizabeth II’s lady-in-waiting for more than 60 years and is godmother to the Prince of Wales.

She has now stepped down from her honorary role of one of the three ladies of the household, to which she had recently been appointed to help the king on formal occasions.

King Charles, who took the throne less than three months ago, and Camilla have been made aware of the situation, the Palace said.

Ms Fulani said she was challenged when she said her charity was based in Hackney, with “Lady SH” saying, “No, what part of Africa are you from?”

Susan Hussey, Baroness Hussey of North Bradley attends the memorial service for the Duke of Edinburgh at Westminster Abbey (Getty Images)

The Palace said in a statement: “In this case, unacceptable and deeply regrettable comments have been made. We have contacted Ngozi Fulani about this matter and are inviting you to discuss all elements of your experience in person if you wish.

“In the meantime, the affected person would like to express his deepest apologies for the pain caused and has stepped down from his honorific role with immediate effect.

Lady Susan Hussey was one of the Queen's three ladies-in-waiting (PA)

Lady Susan Hussey was one of the Queen’s three ladies-in-waiting (PA)

“All family members are reminded of the diversity and inclusiveness policies they are expected to uphold at all times.”

Mandu Reid, leader of the Women’s Equality Party, who stood next to Fulani and witnessed the exchange, said they were being treated as “invaders”.

Ms Reid said: “We really felt ‘oh, OK, we’ve been treated almost like intruders in this place.

“’We’re not treated like we belong, we’re not hugged like we’re British.’”

He described the conversation as “gloomy” and like an “interrogation”, adding: “He was really insistent. He didn’t take Ngozi’s answers at face value.”

Lady Susan Hussey, second from right, is Price William's godmother, a source confirms (PA)

Lady Susan Hussey, second from right, is Price William’s godmother, a source confirms (PA)

Fulani detailed the encounter, which occurred 10 minutes after her arrival in the Palazzo Pinacoteca, on social media, which included the remarks: “’Where are you from?’

“Me: ‘Here, UK’. “No, but what nationality are you?” Me: ‘I was born here and I’m English.’ “No, but where do you really come from, where do your people come from?” Me: “My people”, madam, what is this?’

“‘Oh, I understand I’m going to have a hard time getting you to tell where you’re from.'”

Ms Fulani, who founded Sistah Space in 2015 to provide specialist support to African and Caribbean women affected by abuse, wrote: “Mixed feelings about yesterday’s visit to Buckingham Palace.

The royal family has been criticized in the past for its approach to diversity (PA)

The royal family has been criticized in the past for its approach to diversity (PA)

“10 minutes after my arrival, a member of staff, Lady SH, approached me, brushed my hair to see my badge. The conversation below took place. The rest of the event is blurry.

He thanked Ms Reid, the first black person to lead a national political party in British history, and Safe Lives chief executive Suzanne Jacob for their support throughout the day.

Responding to messages of support, Fulani wrote: “Standing there in a room full of people while this violation was happening was so strange, especially since the event was about violence against women.

“That feeling of not knowing what to do, will never leave me. Almost alone in a room full of lawyers.

He said it was a “struggle to stay in a space where you’ve been violated.”

Ms Fulani stressed her unease at not being able to report what happened, saying she felt she couldn’t tell Camilla.

“There was no one to report it to. I could not tell the queen consort about it, moreover it was such a shock to me and the other two women, that we were stunned by the temporary silence,” she wrote.

“I just stood at the edge of the room, smiled, and briefly engaged with whoever spoke to me until I could walk away.”

Ms. Jacob tweeted that “a horrible thing has happened, and in a space that should have been nothing but love and celebration” and said she would bring it up with the team who set up their attendance.

The matter raises serious concerns for the Palace, where an unnamed royal was accused last year by the Duchess of Sussex of racism towards her unborn son Archie.

Who is Lady Susan Hussey?

The 83-year-old was a close friend of the late Queen Elizabeth II and was by her side at the birth of Prince Andrew in 1960, the year she was named lady of the bedroom.

Her role was initially to answer letters following the birth of Prince Andrew and she was affectionately referred to as the ‘number one outerwear’ in the Queen’s office.

She was tasked with recommending Tiggy Legge-Bourke as a nanny to Prince William and his brother Harry.

She has enjoyed close family proximity over the years, as godmother to Prince William and the only person chosen to stand by the Queen at the funeral of her husband, the late Prince Philip.

Lady Susan was at the Queen's side at Prince Philip's funeral (Getty)

Lady Susan was at the Queen’s side at Prince Philip’s funeral (Getty)

In 2013 she was awarded a Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order, the highest rank personally bestowed by the Sovereign.

She is the youngest daughter of the 12th Earl of Waldegrave and sister of William Waldgrave, a former Tory Cabinet minister.

Her husband was Marmaduke Hussey, Chairman of the BBC Board of Governors from 1986 to 1996. He died in 2006.

On 19 September, she attended the Queen’s funeral along with other members of the royal family, and as lady-in-waiting to the Queen she was considered a member of the royal family.

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