- Another racism scandal for the British Royal Family
- A guest at a recent Palace event felt she was mistreated
- A royal aide resigned immediately after the allegations
The British royals are facing scrutiny after an incident of alleged racism at the Palace. It's led to a resignation and reactions from King Charles III and Prince William.
It happened on Tuesday, Nov. 29. Queen Camilla was hosting an event at the Palace to support women affected by domestic violence.
Ngozi Fulani, a domestic abuse activist, attended the event but posted on Twitter after about her troubling experience with a royal aide.
The alleged incident of racism at the Palace
Ngozi Fulani, who is Black and was born in Britain, says she was subjected to repeated questioning from the royal aide, who moved her hair to see her badge and wanted to know where she "really comes from."
Despite telling the aide she "was born here" and is "British," Fulani says she was met with comments like: "No, but what nationality are you?" and "Oh I can see I am going to have a challenge getting you to say where you're from."
On Twitter, Fulani said the experience left her with "mixed feelings," and that the important event became "a blur" after the conversation.
Her tweet went viral, with many calling it a clear example of racism and ignorant behaviour. The royal aide involved, 83-year-old Lady Susan Hussey, resigned on Wednesday.
Reactions from the Palace and Prince William's rep
A Palace statement called the incident "unacceptable and deeply regrettable" and noted that Hussey wants to apologize for the hurt she caused.
Lady Susan Hussey was a senior member of King Charles III's team, and she is the godmother of Prince William.
Prince William, however, joined the Palace in condemning his godmother's comments. "Racism has no place in our society, these comments were unacceptable and it's right that the individual concerned has stepped down," his rep said in a statement.
Ngozi Fulani later tweeted to thank everyone "for their support," but she hoped not to "name and shame" the person behind the comments.
"It is the system that needs to be revised," she added.