Ngozi Fulani tells of “horrific abuse” after racist incident at Buckingham Palace | Kingdom

A black guest who was asked where she was “really from” by the late Queen’s senior lady at a royal reception at Buckingham Palace has said she has been subjected to “horrendous abuse” on social media.

Ngozi Fulani, founder of the charity Sistah Space, said Susan Hussey moved her hair so she could see her name tag and then subjected her to what felt “like an interrogation” about where her “people” were from.

In a statement issued on Monday, Fulani said: “The past week has been an extremely difficult time for all of us at Sistah Space. My team, family and I have been put under enormous pressure and received some terrible abuse via social media. Nevertheless, throughout this time I have been encouraged by the enormous amount of support we have received.

“I want to thank everyone for that and it has shown me that love will always triumph over hate.”

Lady Hussey, 83, stepped down from her position as one of the ladies of the household, an honorary position, last week and offered her “profound apologies” for any injuries.

Fulani told ITV’s Good Morning Britain last week that while she did not experience “physical violence”, she would describe her encounter as “a form of abuse”.

A spokesman for the Prince of Wales, who is Lady Hussey’s godson, previously said the comments were unacceptable and that “racism has no place in our society”. Buckingham Palace has described the statements as “unacceptable and deeply regrettable”. The Mail reported on Saturday that Buckingham Palace had invited Fulani to meet the King and Queen to address the event.

Fulani described her interaction with the 83-year-old: “I was standing next to two other women—black women—and she [Susan Hussey] made a beeline for me and she took my locks and moved it out of the way so she could see my name tag.

“It’s a no-no. I wouldn’t put my hands in anybody’s hair and culturally it’s not appropriate.”

Asked how she felt about Hussey’s resignation, Fulani said: “I want the focus to remain where it should be, which is on the women and girls affected by domestic violence.

“Having said that, she is influenced by Buckingham Palace and that is their decision and her decision to make, one that I had no part in.”

Fulani said the comments were due to racism, not Hussey’s age.

“I’ve heard so many suggestions that it’s about her age and things like that and I think it’s kind of disrespectful about ageism,” she said on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.

“Are we saying that because of your age you can’t be racist or you can’t be inappropriate?”

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