Ngozi Fuloni Shuts Down Sistah Space Over Security Concerns After Racism Storm

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Ngozi Fulani said her charity was hit after making headlines (Image: ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

An activist whose treatment at Buckingham Palace sparked a racism row has had her charity shut down for safety reasons.

Ngozi Fulani revealed that she was repeatedly asked by the late Queen’s former lady-in-waiting where she was “really from”.

She had been invited to an anti-violence event to speak up for victims of domestic violence of African and Caribbean background through the organization Sistah Space.

In an update to supporters, she said she was “forced to temporarily suspend operations” over safety concerns.

Ms Fulani spoke about her treatment at the hands of Lady Susan Hussey, who resigned after the comments were published.

Ms Fulani described the questioning on social media as “horrible abuse” after the king repeatedly challenged her when she said she was British.

In a statement on his Instagram page Friday night, Sistah Space said: “Thank you for the continued support and messages.

Lady Susan Hussey (Lady-in-Waiting of Queen Elizabeth II) escorts 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) NORWICH, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 19: (PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UP TO 48 HOURS FROM THE DATE AND TIME CREATED)

Lady Susan Hussey was a close confidant of the late Queen (Image: Getty)

“Unfortunately, recent events have meant that we have been forced to temporarily suspend many of our operations to ensure the safety of our service users and team.

“We are overwhelmed by the amount of support and encouragement and look forward to fully resuming our services as soon as possible.”

Ms Fulani had previously expressed shock at her treatment by Lady Susan, Prince William’s godmother and longtime fixture in royal circles.

The 83-year-old resigned from the household and apologized after repeatedly challenging Ms Fulani at the Queen Consort reception.

The activist told ITV’s Good Morning Britain that the Queen also touched her hair during the encounter.

She added: “I was standing next to two other women – black women – and she (Lady Susan) just walked up to me and she took my curls and pushed them out of the way so she could see my name tag.

“That’s a no go. I wouldn’t put my hands in someone’s hair and it’s not culturally appropriate.’

Ms Fulani argued the comments were due to racism, not Lady Susan’s age.

She told BBC Radio 4: “I’ve heard so many suggestions that it’s about her age and things like that and I think that’s kind of a disrespect for ageism.

“Are we saying that you can’t be racist or inappropriate because of your age?

“As I said, if you invite people to an anti-domestic abuse event and there are people from different ethnic groups, I don’t see any relevance to whether I’m British or not. You’re trying to make me unwelcome in my own space.”

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