Remarks towards a black anti-racist activist made by a relative of Elizabeth II have plunged British royalty into a new racist controversy at the worst time for a royal family which has been trying to modernize its image since the departure of Harry and Meghan .
“Where are you from in Africa?”, “Where are you really from? Where do people like you come from? : These questions were asked on Tuesday evening to Ngozi Fulani, head of an association supporting black victims of domestic violence, by Susan Hussey, 83, a close friend of the late Queen Elizabeth II.
The tweet in which Ms Fulani recounts the conversation, which took place in Buckingham at a reception hosted by Queen Consort Camilla, was “liked” by nearly 60,000 internet users on Thursday.
A few hours later, the palace denounced “unacceptable comments” and announced the resignation of Ms Foley, companion to the Queen for over 60 years and godmother to Prince William. At Prince Philip's funeral in 2021, she was the one who accompanied the monarch in the car that brought her, a widow, back to Windsor Castle.
“She was trying to make me really question my British citizenship,” Ms Fulani told the BBC on Thursday. The incident “goes beyond one person. It's about institutional racism,” she also said in The Independent newspaper.
The case made the front page of all British newspapers pointing out that this new racist incident in Buckingham comes at the worst time for a royal family trying to project a younger, modern and inclusive image.
'The question was asked about 7 or 8 times.'
Lady Susan Hussey has quit after she allegedly repeatedly asked black domestic abuse campaigner Ngozi Fulani: 'What part of Africa are you from?'. pic.twitter.com/pCDctFjUqr
— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) December 1, 2022
The Palace is apprehensively awaiting the release, scheduled for December 8, of a Netflix documentary series on Harry and Meghan, and the global release in January of the memoir of Harry, Charles III's youngest son, which is expected to include its share of embarrassing revelations .
Harry and his mixed-race American wife Meghan, who now live in California, revealed last year that a member of the royal family had questioned skin color before he was born. of their son Archie.
The royal family is “certainly not racist”, then said Prince William, heir to the crown since at odds with his brother.
“The stifled laughter that you can hear coming from California is the sound of a Duchess (Meghan) trying not to laugh and say 'I told you so,'” quipped a Times columnist on Thursday.
< p>This controversy comes as Prince William and his wife Kate make their first visit to the United States in eight years, which will culminate on Friday with the Earthsot Awards for Environmental Defense in Boston (northeast). The spokesperson for Prince William, who has not planned to meet his brother in the United States, wanted to be categorical: “racism has no place in our society” he reacted.< /p>
Ahead of the trip, a royal source stressed that “inclusiveness” would be an important part of the trip and that the prince and princess would meet with “Boston-based indigenous leaders”.
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Rather than get rid of elderly people who have become troublesome, Ms. Fulani called on Buckingham to set up anti-racist training, saying that her association, which provides training in particular with the London police, would be willing to do it for the monarchy.
“It was precisely these formations that made us invited” to Buckingham in the first place, she said, stressing the “irony” of the situation.
In her tweet, she says 'Lady SH' first 'moved her hair to see the name on (her) badge' before asking her where she 'really' was from.
Calling the exchange “truly shocking”, Labor MP Diane Abbott – the first black woman to sit in the House of Commons – still noted the monarchy's “progress” on racism.
Ten years ago, “they would have said she was too sensitive and just brushed off” the charges, she says.
The palace has equal ment released data on the ethnic representation of its staff for the first time last year, acknowledging that it has room for improvement.