Buckingham Palace aid resigns after racially offensive comments at royal event

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    A member of the Buckingham Palace household has resigned after "unacceptable" race comments were made to a black charity boss at Camilla, Queen Consort’s reception.

    Ngozi Fulani, chief executive of Sistah Space, has revealed how she was repeatedly asked by a member of the Buckingham Palace household where she “really came from” at Camilla's Violence Against Women and Girls reception on Tuesday, November 29.

    Buckingham Palace said in a statement that "unacceptable and deeply regrettable comments" were made to the prominent charity boss.

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    Ms Fulani, said a household member challenged her when she said her charity was based in Hackney, saying: “No, what part of Africa are YOU from?”

    She detailed the full alleged conversation, which she said happened 10 minutes after she arrived, on Twitter, which included the exchange: “Where are you from?’

    “Me: ‘Here, UK’. ‘No, but what nationality are you?’ Me: ‘I am born here and am British.’ ‘No, but where do you really come from, where do your people come from?’ Me: ”My people’, lady, what is this?’

    “Oh, I can see I am going to have a challenge getting you to say where you’re from.”

    Ms Fulani, who founded Sistah Space in 2015 to provide specialist support for African and Caribbean heritage women affected by abuse, wrote: “Mixed feelings about yesterday’s visit to Buckingham Palace.

    “10 mins after arriving, a member of staff … approached me, moved my hair to see my name badge. The conversation below took place. The rest of the event is a blur.”

    Buckingham Palace said in a statement: “‘We take this incident extremely seriously and have investigated immediately to establish the full details.

    “In this instance, unacceptable and deeply regrettable comments have been made. We have reached out to Ngozi Fulani on this matter, and are inviting her to discuss all elements of her experience in person if she wishes.

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    “In the meantime, the individual concerned 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.”

    Ms Fulani thanked Mandu Reid, leader of the Women’s Equality Party, and Safe Lives chief executive Suzanne Jacob for their support on the day.

    Ms Reid, the first person of colour to lead a national political party in British history, tweeted that she had also heard the exchange. I was right there. I witnessed this first hand.

    “We were at an event that was supposed to celebrate our work. For people like … people like us will never really belong here.”

    Ms Jacob tweeted it was “a horrible thing to happen, and in a space that should have been nothing but love and celebration” and said she would be raising it with the team who organised for them to be there.

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