Ngozi Fulani faces ‘horrible abuse’ after royal race row

Ngozi Fulani

Ngozi Fulani said she would “go to Buckingham Palace or elsewhere if it would help bring about positive change and save lives” (Image: Rex)

The charity boss, who was asked at a reception at Buckingham Palace where she was “really” from, has revealed the “horrific abuse” she has faced after speaking out about her experience.

Ngozi Fulani, chief executive of Sistah Space, said she was caught in an “emotional whirlwind” after sharing the comments of Lady Susan Hussey, Prince William’s godmother and friend of the late Queen.

The black British activist has confirmed she is ready to visit the palace after reports suggested she was invited to meet King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla.

Lady Hussey has resigned from her honorary post in the royal household after reportedly asking: “Where are your people from?”

In a statement Monday, Ms Fulani said the past week has been “an extremely difficult time for all of us” at Sistah Space, which provides specialized support for women of African and Caribbean descent affected by domestic and sexual abuse.

“My team, my family and I have been put under tremendous pressure and horribly abused via social media,” she said.

“Nevertheless, I was very encouraged by the tremendous support we received.”

She continued: “What happened at the event is now well documented and unfortunately happens all too regularly.

NORWICH, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 19: (RELEASE IN UK NEWSPAPERS UP TO 48 HOURS AFTER DATE AND TIME PUBLISHED) Lady Susan Hussey (Lady-in-Waiting to Queen Elizabeth II) accompanies Queen Elizabeth II to Sunday service at St Peter's Church Wolferton , near Sandringham House on January 19, 2014 in Norwich, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

Lady Susan Hussey has resigned from her volunteer post (Image: Getty Images Europe)

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 22: (L-R) King Charles III and Camilla, Queen Consort during the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace on November 22, 2022 in London, England. This is the first state visit to Britain with King Charles III. as monarch and the first state visit by a South African leader here since 2010. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla are believed to have invited the charity boss to the palace (Image: Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

“Incidents like this not only cause emotional damage to those involved, but also have wider implications within the community.

“I’ve seen firsthand what happens when a Black woman faces adversity and has to overcome additional barriers when trying to report it.

“This is at the heart of what we do at Sister Space and it showed me once again how important our work is.

“I will remain committed to raising awareness of cultural literacy and will go to Buckingham Palace or elsewhere where it helps bring about positive change and save lives.”

Ms Fulani added that she would like “time to pause, reflect and learn from these events” and focus on her charity.

She said she would not comment further on the incident for the time being and would focus on 16 days of activism against gender-based violence.

Plans are reportedly afoot for Charles and Camilla to meet Ms Fulani so they can talk about what happened at the event.

It is understood that Lady Hussey is ready to make a personal apology if that would be welcome, the BBC reports.

Last week, a spokesman for Prince William said: “Racism has no place in our society”.

They added: “The comments were unacceptable and it is correct that the person resigned with immediate effect.”

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