Princess Anne helps a beloved confidant of the late Queen come ‘back into the Royal fold’

Lady Susan Hussey has marked a return to royal duties, officially representing Princess Anne

Princess Anne supports the return of this person into the royal fold
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Lady Susan Hussey, an important member of the late Queen Elizabeth II’s household, has returned to the Royal fold. She was seen attending the memorial service for Dame Frances Campbell-Preston at the Royal Hospital in Chelsea, representing Anne, the Princess Royal. Lady Susan quit her role after comments made at a private event came to light, resulting in a race row.

A trusted companion to Queen Elizabeth II for more than 60 years, Lady Susan Hussey seemingly stepped down from her royal duties following a controversial race row in 2022.

Lady Susan resigned after “unacceptable and deeply regrettable comments” to a charity founder at a Buckingham Palace reception, however, after making reconciliations with the woman in question, her return to the royal fold could be nigh.

The Daily Mail reports that Lady Susan was chosen to represent Princess Anne at memorial service for Dame Frances Campbell-Preston at the Royal Hospital Chelsea on Tuesday, February 21.

Lady Susan Hussey has reportedly dipped a toe back into royal duties, representing Princess Anne

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Having Lady Susan represent Anne was a smart decision, as Lady Susan, a former lady-in-waiting to a monarch could relate to the life of Dame Frances, who served as lady-in-waiting to the Queen Mother from 1965 to 2002.

“Lady Susan was formally asked to represent the Princess Royal at the service. She was more than happy to do so,” a source told the publication. “Her official position was recorded in the order of service. It's great to see her back in the royal fold.”

Lady Susan stepped down from her job in November last year after asking what were described as “unacceptable and deeply regrettable” questions to, Ngozi Fulani, the head of a domestic abuse charity.

The Queen and Lady Susan Hussey shared a close bond

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Prince William, who is Lady Susan’s godson, later supported Lady Susan’s resignation. Through an official spokesperson, William said that “racism has no place in our society. The comments were unacceptable.”

However, Lady Susan and Ngozi, made amends weeks later at a Buckingham Palace meeting “filled with warmth and understanding.”

Lady Susan was said to have “offered her sincere apologies for the comments that were made and the distress they caused to Ms Fulani.”

In addition to the latest report, Lady Susan has previously been seen with King Charles III and Princess Anne at church in Sandringham in January this year, suggesting her relationship with the Royal Family remained close.

Lady Susan was married to Lord Hussey, who served as the head of the BBC for many years and was portrayed in season five of The Crown.

Lady Susan was known to be very close with the late Queen, and was rumored to be nicknamed “Number One Head Girl” in the Queen’s household.

Lady Susan was by Her Majesty’s side until she died in September 2022 and even had the honor of accompanying the Queen to the funeral of her husband, Prince Philip, following his death aged 99.

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