Dozens of Twitter users have come to Meghan Markle’s defense following the departure of late Queen Elizabeth’s lady-in-waiting, Susan Hussey, after a blatantly racist chat with Sistah Space founder Ngozi Fulani at a Buckingham Palace banquet on Tuesday.
Markle, the Duchess of Sussex and wife of Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, has previously spoken out about racism in the royal family. While Markle’s account received strong support from the couple, some questioned the experience.
Even after Markle and Prince Harry left the royal family, there have been allegations of racist encounters with the staff of the royal staff, the most recent of which involved Hussey approaching Fulani with racially charged inquiries about her ancestry.
Hussey, who is also Prince William’s godmother, allegedly asked Fulani where she was from on Tuesday. According to a transcript of the exchange posted on Fulani’s Twitter page, Fulani first answered by telling Hussey she was from Sistah Space, the nonprofit organization she is CEO of and represented at the reception. Hussey allegedly kept asking Fulani where she was from, and Fulani stated that the group was situated in Hackney, an east London district.
Hussey referred to Fulani’s race and questioned where she was from in Africa, according to Fulani. Fulani said again that she was born in the United Kingdom and was British. Hussey, on the other hand, asked Fulani the question many times more.
Buckingham Royal verified Hussey’s “unacceptable” and “very disappointing” statements on Wednesday after she quit as a senior palace assistant. The statement also stated that all members of the royal household were reminded of the diversity and inclusiveness principles that must be followed at all times.
Twitter users were outraged by the exchange, which they saw as further proof that Markle was speaking the truth. “Meghan told us about the racism in the royal family but you racist vilified her,” one user tweeted. “Meghan has been vindicated.”
“The good ol yeah, but where are you REALLY from? And these people tried to act like Meghan Markle made it all up. SMH…,” another tweeted. “Also this isn’t just a random *staff member* — it’s Prince William’s GODMOTHER, Lady Susan Hussey.”
Shola Mos-Shogbamimu, a lawyer and women’s rights activist, stated that the event between Hussey and Fulani was not a “one-off” and that the royal family’s racism could not be repaired.
“Lady Susan Hussey was Queen Elizabeth’s Lady In Waiting for 60 yrs. She is William’s godmother,” another tweeted. “She was assigned to teach Duchess Meghan the ropes at the palace. And she likes to question black British women about where they’re ‘really from.’ But sure. There’s no Royal racism.”