Lady Susan Hussey and Ngozi Fulani enjoy a meeting ‘filled with warmth and understanding’ as the Palace commits to focus on ‘inclusion and diversity’

Ngozi Fulani, the founder of Sistah Space, and Lady Susan have asked to be "left in peace to rebuild their lives in the wake of an immensely distressing period"

Lady Susan Hussey and Ngozi Fulani have met after the racism scandal erupted following their previous encounter
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Buckingham Palace and Ngozi Fulani, the founder of Sistah Space, released a shared statement today confirming that the Queen’s former lady-in-waiting and Ngozi have come to a place of understanding following a racially charged incident at the Palace. In the statement, both parties called the meeting “filled with warmth and understanding”, and that Ms Fulani has “accepted” her “sincere apologies.”


The Queen’s former lady-in-waiting, Susan Hussey and Ngozi Fulani have met for the first time following the scandal which erupted following an incident at Buckingham Palace.

Lady Hussey asked Ngozi Fulani such questions as "what part of Africa do you come from?" in comments that were deemed racially insensitive.

Members of the Royal Family, including Prince William, Susan’s godson, were quick to condemn the insensitive line of questioning, and Lady Hussey stepped down from duties as a result.

Lady Susan Hussey's comments attracted intense criticism, but her "sincere apologies" have been accepted by Ngozi

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However, in a statement released jointly by Buckingham Palace and Ms Fulani on Friday, December 16, it was revealed "A meeting took place this morning… Buckingham Palace between Ms Ngozi Fulani, founder of Sistah Space, and Lady Susan Hussey to address the incident that took place at a Palace reception last month.”

"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.”

"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.”

"Ms 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.”

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"The Royal Households 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.”

Many are speculating that this latest move from the Palace indicates a definite changing of the guard, moving away from the late Queen Elizabeth II’s mantra of ‘never complain, never explain.’

Recently, the Prince of Wales became the first member of the Royal Family to publicly speak out on the racism claims against the royals following Harry and Meghan’s bombshell Netflix series.

When asked by journalists whether he had spoken to brother Harry since the first three episodes of Harry and Meghan dropped on Netflix this Thursday, William replied, “No I haven't spoken to him yet but I will do.”

The reporter further asked, “And can you just let me know is the royal family a racist family, Sir?” To which he stressed, “We are very much not a racist family.”

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