Royal Aide Apologizes To Black Charity CEO Over Race Comments At Palace

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A royal aide gave an in-person apology on Friday (December 16) after asking a Black British charity boss where she was "really" from at a palace reception last month.

According to royal officials, Lady Susan Hussey, who resigned after the incident, “offered her sincere apologies” to charity CEO Ngozi Fulani at a meeting “filled with warmth and understanding" in Buckingham Palace, per the Associated Press.

“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,” the palace said in a statement on Friday. Fulani "accepted this apology and appreciates that no malice was intended,” per the statement.

Hussey, who served the late Queen Elizabeth ll for decades, initially made the comments during a palace reception for women working to combat domestic violence hosted by Queen Consort Camilla. During the conversation, the now-former royal aide asked Fulani "what part of Africa" she was from, the charity CEO said on social media.

The palace statement on Friday denounced the “appalling torrent of abuse on social media and elsewhere” directed at Fulani, noting that it has been a “immensely distressing period” for Hussey and the charity founder.

King Charles III and the royal family are pleased with the “welcome outcome” of the in-person apology, the palace said.

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