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Buckingham Palace apologizes over treatment of Black activist at reception

Buckingham Palace apologizes over treatment of Black activist at reception


LONDON — A member of the Buckingham Palace household has resigned from her honorary duties and expressed her “profound apologies for the hurt caused” after she asked a Black British guest at the palace: “Where are you really from?”

Ngozi Fulani, a British campaigner and chief executive of domestic abuse charity Sistah Space, was one of about 300 people invited to Buckingham Palace on Tuesday for a reception to raise awareness about violence against women and girls, something Camilla, Queen Consort, has long campaigned on. Others in attendance included Olena Zelenska, the wife of the Ukrainian president, Queen Mathilde of Belgium, Queen Rania of Jordan and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark.

Fulani said that a member of staff from the royal household approached her, brushed aside her hair to see her name badge, and asked her: “Where do your people come from?”

She detailed the alleged conversation in post on social media, where she said she was challenged when she said her charity was based in Hackney, an area in east London.

She was allegedly asked: “No, what part of Africa are YOU from?”

Fulani said she responded, more than once, that she was British. Asked “when did you first come here,” she responded: “Lady! I am a British national. My parents came here in the 50s.”

When the staffer responded, “Oh, I knew we’d get there in the end. You’re Caribbean,” Fulani responded, “No lady, I am of African heritage, Caribbean descent and British nationality.”

A spokesperson for Buckingham Palace said that they “investigated immediately” and that “unacceptable and deeply regrettable comments” were made. They said that they reached out to Fulani and were “inviting her to discuss all elements of her experience in person if she wishes.”

The spokesperson said that the member of the royal household who had the conversation “would like to express her profound apologies for the hurt caused and has stepped aside from her honorary role with immediate effect. All members of the Household are being reminded of the diversity and inclusivity policies which they are required to uphold at all times.’

The palace has been rocked by allegations of racism before. During Prince Harry and Meghan’s interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2021 they claimed that they had been asked how dark their son Archie’s skin would be. They refused to say who made the comment, but added that it wasn’t Queen Elizabeth II or Prince Philip.

The palace responded to those claims saying they were “concerning” and would be “taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately.”

Prince William later told reporters that the royals were “very much not a racist family.”

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