Prince Harry addresses recent royal racism row and his ‘love’ for Lady Susan Hussey

Prince Harry addresses the incident between Ngozi Fulani and Lady Susan Hussey, which highlighted issues within Buckingham Palace

 Prince Harry waves as he leaves Nottingham's new Central Police Station on October 26, 2016 in Nottingham, England.
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Prince Harry addresses Lady Susan Hussey stating that he and Meghan Markle 'love' the former lady-in-waiting, who stepped down following allegations of racism. Following the incident, in which she made racially insensitive comments to head of the charity Sistah Space Ngozi Fulani - Lady Susan was able to meet and apologize to Ngozi. This, according to Prince Harry, exemplifies a potential change - which he detailed during his candid interview.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the Commonwealth Day Service 2020

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While appearing on not one but two interviews, to promote his memoir Spare, Prince Harry addressed the recent scandal at Buckingham Palace following racially insensitive comments made by the Queen’s former lady-in-waiting, Lady Susan Hussey to Ngozi Fulani, founder of Sistah Space.

Discussing the incident with ITV’s Tom Bradby, Prince Harry said he was 'very happy' about the meeting, because, “Meghan and I love Susan Hussey. And I also know what she meant," he added. "She never meant any harm at all. But the response from the British press, and from people online because of the stories that they wrote was horrendous.”

“But everything to do with my wife, after six years, they haven’t said a single thing," he said, in reference to the Royal Family staying silent as Meghan was eviscerated by many publications.

Many viewers were confused by this reaction from the Prince, who said the key issue in this incident was unconscious bias. As many were left wondering, what is unconscious bias - the Prince explained how he thinks the manner in which the Royal Family dealt with the traumatic incident exemplifies how they could deal with the horrendous treatment of his wife by the tabloid press.

In the first U.S. television interview to discuss his upcoming memoir, Spare, Prince Harry sits down with Anderson Cooper to also recount his childhood, the loss of his mother and his rift with the royal family. Pictured: Anderson Cooper interviews Prince Harry for 60 MINUTES in an interview that will be broadcast Sunday, Jan. 8 (7:00-8:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Photo is a screen grab.

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The traumatic encounter, which led to a barrage of horrific online abuse against both women, gained huge global attention after Ngozi publicly shared her experience, which occurred during an event at the palace.

In the months since, Lady Susan Hussey and Ngozi Fulani enjoyed a meeting, "filled with warmth and understanding," during which the former lady-in-waiting was afforded the opportunity to apologize wholeheartedly. Ngozi accepted her 'sincere apologies' and a statement released jointly by Buckingham Palace and the charity boss on December 16, 2022, declared, "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 statement also added, "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.”

Aoife Hanna
Junior News Editor

Aoife is an Irish journalist and writer with a background in creative writing, comedy, and TV production.

Formerly woman&home's junior news editor and a contributing writer at Bustle, her words can be found in the Metro, Huffpost, Delicious, Imperica and EVOKE.

Her poetry features in the Queer Life, Queer Love anthology.

Outside of work you might bump into her at a garden center, charity shop, yoga studio, lifting heavy weights, or (most likely) supping/eating some sort of delicious drink/meal.