Ngozi Fulani suffers ‘horrific abuse’ after royal race fight

Ngozi Fulani said she “will go to Buckingham Palace, or anywhere else, if it will help drive positive change and save lives” (Image: Rex)

The charity boss, who was asked where she was “really from” at a Buckingham Palace reception, has revealed the “horrendous abuse” she suffered after speaking out about her experience.

Ngozi Fulani, chief executive of Sistah Space, said she had been thrown into an “emotional whirlwind” after sharing the comments made by Lady Susan Hussey, Prince William’s godmother and a friend of the late Queen.

The black British activist has confirmed she is willing to visit the palace after reports suggested she was invited to meet King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla.

Lady Hussey has stepped down from her honorary role in the royal household after asking “where do your people come from?”

In a statement on Monday, Fulani said the past week had been “an extremely difficult time for all of us” at Sistah Space, which offers specialist support for women of African and Caribbean heritage affected by domestic and sexual abuse.

“My team, family and I have been put under enormous pressure and received some terrible abuse via social media,” she said.

“Yet throughout this time I have been encouraged by the huge amount of support we have received.”

She continued: “What took place at the event is now well documented and unfortunately something that happens all too regularly.

NORWICH, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 19: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN WEEKLY NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATION DATE AND TIME) Lady Susan Hussey (Lady-in-Waiting to Queen Elizabeth II) accompanies Queen Elizabeth II to Sunday service at St Peter's Church Wolferton, near Sandringham House on January 19, 2014 in Norwich, England.  (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

Lady Susan Hussey has stepped down from her honorary role (Image: Getty Images Europe)

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 22: (L-R) King Charles III and Camilla, Queen Consort during the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace on November 22, 2022 in London, England.  This is the first state visit to Britain by King Charles III as monarch, and the first state visit here by a South African leader since 2010. (Photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla are believed to have invited the charity chief to the palace (Image: Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

“Incidents like this not only cause emotional harm to those involved, but also have wider consequences in society.

“I have experienced firsthand what happens when a black woman faces adversity and has to overcome multiple barriers when trying to report it.

“This is at the heart of what we do at Sister Space, and it has reiterated to me how important the work we do is.

“I remain dedicated to raising awareness of cultural literacy and will go to Buckingham Palace, or anywhere else, if it will help drive positive change and save lives.”

Fulani added that she wanted “time to pause, reflect and learn from these events” and to concentrate on her charity.

She said she would not comment further on the incident for now and would focus on 16 days of activism against gender-based violence.

Plans are reportedly underway for Charles and Camilla to meet Mrs Fulani so they can address what happened at the event.

It is understood that Lady Hussey is willing to make a personal apology if it is welcomed, reports the BBC.

Last week, a spokesman for Prince William said “racism has no place in our society”.

They added: ‘The comments were unacceptable and it is right that the individual has stepped aside with immediate effect.’

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