Prince William’s godmother says sorry to charity worker after royal race row

Prince William's godmother Lady Susan Hussey has met charity worker Ngozi Fulani to apologise after a royal racism row.

Lady Susan Hussey, 83, publicly apologised and stepped down from her honorary role at the Palace after she was accused of racial abuse by Fulani, a black British campaigner, after the royal aide repeatedly asked where she was from at a reception on November 29.

Friends reportedly told the Daily Mail soon after that Lady Hussey, who is godmother to Prince William, wanted to apologise to Ms Fulani, founder and chief executive of London charity Sistah Space, in person.

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And now Lady Susan, who was one of Queen Elizabeth II's most trusted friends, met Ms Fulani for the first time since the incident to apologise.

A joint statement from the Palace and Ms Fulani after the meeting on Friday afternoon said: "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."

They added that Ms Fulani had "accepted this apology" and "appreciates that no malice was intended". Lady Susan has also pledged to "deepen her awareness" of the "sensitivities involved".

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Ngozi, who runs a black women's domestic abuse charity In London, had revealed that ten minutes after arriving at the royal residence for the event on November 29 she was approached by a woman who 'put her hand in her hair' in front of colleagues.

In a conversation that followed, Lady Susan is reported to have asked "what nationality are you?", "where do your people come from?" and "what part of Africa are you from?"

Eventually, Ngozi says she replied: "I am a British national, my parents came here in the 1950s," before Hussey responded with: "Oh, I knew we'd get there in the end, you're Caribbean."

Following the allegations made on Ngozi's Twitter account, Buckingham Palace released a statement condemning the "unacceptable and deeply regrettable comments" and confirmed the aide had "stepped aside from her honorary role with immediate effect".

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