Buckingham Palace aide controversy: Rishi Sunak says racism must be confronted

Ngozi Fulani wrote on Twitter that the royal aide, identified as Lady Susan Hussey, had repeatedly questioned her African origin

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By Reuters

Published: Fri 2 Dec 2022, 7:43 AM

Last updated: Fri 2 Dec 2022, 7:44 AM

On Thursday, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said that the country had made progress in tackling racism, but that it was "never done" and must still be confronted, following a controversy involving Prince William's godmother.

On Wednesday, a member of the British royal family's household left her role after making "unacceptable and deeply regrettable" comments about race and nationality to a woman at a grand reception in the Buckingham Palace, a spokesperson said.

Ngozi Fulani, who was born in Britain and works for a domestic abuse support group, wrote on Twitter that the royal aide had repeatedly asked her: "What part of Africa are you from?" when she attended an event hosted by King Charles' wife Camilla, the queen consort, on Tuesday.


British media identified the royal aide as Lady Susan Hussey, the 83-year-old godmother of King Charles' son and heir Prince William.

Speaking to Sky News, Sunak declined to comment on the incident directly, but said that he had experienced racism growing up in Britain.

"The racism I experienced as a kid and a young person I don't think would happen today because our country's made incredible progress in tackling racism," he said.

"[However] the job is never done, and that's why whenever we see it, we must confront it, and it's right that we continually learn the lessons and move to a better future."

William and his wife Kate are currently in Boston.

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