Charles invites Ngozi Fulani to Buckingham Palace after racist row

King Charles has invited Ngozi Fulani to the palace, it has been reported (Picture: PA)

The King and Queen are said to have invited the charity boss who is at the center of a royal racing line to meet them at the palace.

Ngozi Fulani was repeatedly asked where she “really came from” during a royal reception by Lady Susan Hussey.

The palace said in a statement that his remarks were “not acceptable and deeply regrettable”.

Lady Hussey – who is godmother to Prince William – has since stepped down from her role in the Royal Household and apologized for her comments.

The Prince of Wales said it was ‘really disappointing’ to hear about Ms Fulani’s experiences.

His spokesperson said: ‘Racism has no place in our society, these comments were unacceptable’ and ‘it is right that the individual concerned has resigned’

They said: “I was really disappointed to hear about the guest experience at Buckingham Palace last night.”

“The comments were unacceptable, and it is right that the individual has stepped down with immediate effect.”

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Editorial Use Only Mandatory Credit: Photo by Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock (13644632bg) Ngozi Fulani 'Good Morning Britain' TV show, London, UK - 01 December 2022

Ms Fulani explained what happened at the Palace on Good Morning Britain (Photo: Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock)

File photo dated 12/12/1997 of the Prince of Wales sharing a joke with Ngozi Fulani of traditional African dance ensemble Emashi and his daughter, two-year-old Djanomi Fulan, after playing bongo drums at the launch of a three million pounds the regime of the Prince's Trust.  Date of issue: Thursday, September 8, 2022.

King Charles met Ngozi Fulani at a Prince’s Trust event in 1997 (Picture: PA)

Ngozi Fulani (centre left) during a reception at Buckingham Palace (Picture: PA)

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Plans are now underway for Charles and Camilla to meet Ms Fulani so they can talk about what happened at the event and the issues involved.

Palace sources told the Mail on Sunday that the King and Camilla would meet the chief executive of Sistah Space at the palace.

Appearing on Good Morning Britain, Ms Fulani explained that Lady Hussey ‘did a straight line’ at her before asking her ‘about seven or eight times’ where she was from.

She told the programme: ‘So you realize it’s not about age. She seems quite capable of driving herself. That’s it, that’s what you call racism. I’ve been here for two hours with the feeling that I have to leave, I want to leave, but I don’t know what to do.


The conversation as recalled by Ngozi Fulani

Ms SH: ‘Where do you come from?’

Ms Fulani: “Space Sista.”

SH: “No, where are you from?

Ms Fulani: “We are based in Hackney.”

SH: ‘No, what part of Africa are YOU from?’

Ms Fulani: ‘I don’t know, they left no trace.

SH: ‘Well, you must know where you’re from, I spent time in France. Where do you come from?’

Ms Fulani: “Here, UK”

SH: “No, but what nationality are you? »

Ms Fulani: “I was born here and I’m British.”

SH: ‘No, but where are you really from, where are your people from?

Ms. Fulani: ‘‘My people’, lady, what is that?’

SH: ‘Oh, I see I’m going to have a hard time getting you to say where you’re from. When did you first come here?

Ms Fulani: ‘Lady! I’m a British national, my parents came here in the 1950s when…’

SH: ‘Oh, I knew we’d get there eventually, you’re from the Caribbean!’

Ms Fulani: “No, madam, I am of African descent, of Caribbean descent and of British nationality.”

SH: ‘Oh so you’re from….’

“People keep saying the palace reached out to me. They didn’t reach out to me. I tell you categorically, we have not heard.

“We want positive results. We are happy to have this conversation. It is about violence against women and girls. I have not suffered physical violence, I have the impression of having experienced a form of abuse.

‘I have clarity. It’s racism.

Caroline Bernard (her) @carobee?  8pm A pleasure to meet Ngozi Fulani, CEO of @Sistah_Space and to see @SuzanneEJacob before she leaves!  #16DaysofActivism2022

Caroline Bernard (right) with Nozi Fulani (centre) and Suzanne Jacob (left) at the Buckingham Palace reception (Photo: Twitter)

Ngozi Fulani, outside Hackney Town Hall in London during a Child Q protest earlier this year (Photo: Sabrina Merolla/ZUMA Press Wire/REX/Shutterstock)

Ngozi Fulani, outside Hackney Town Hall in London during a Child Q protest earlier this year (Photo: Sabrina Merolla/ZUMA Press Wire/REX/Shutterstock)

File photo dated 29/11/2022 of Ngozi Fulani.  The Queen consort at a reception at Buckingham Palace, London, to raise awareness about violence against women and girls as part of the UN's 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.  Picture date: Tuesday November 29, 2022. PA Photo.  See PA story ROYAL Camilla.  Photo credit should read: Kin Cheung/PA Wire

Ngozi Fulani pictured near Queen Consort Camilla at the reception where her accusations were made (Picture: PA)

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She added: “It was like an interrogation. That’s the only way I can explain it.

Ms Fulani, chief executive of Sistah Space, had been a guest at the Buckingham Palace event which focused on preventing violence against women.

Her charity provides specialist support for women of African and Caribbean descent affected by abuse.

Lady Hussey, who has resigned, was a key figure in the royal household for many years.

She started working for the firm the same year the Queen gave birth to Prince Andrew, and she became its longest-serving lady-in-waiting.

In 1997, Ms Ngozi met the then Prince of Wales when Charles visited the Limelight, a nightclub in London’s West End.

She was a drummer in Emashi, a group specializing in African music, which had received money from The Prince’s Trust.

A photograph of Ms Ngozi – who was born Marlene Headley but has since adopted an African name – shows her sitting next to the prince, both laughing.

Ms Ngozi made a cultural visit to Ghana in 2002 with 27 young people on a trip funded by The Prince’s Trust and organized by the charity Education Africa Teaching.

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