Buckingham Palace has confirmed that a longtime lady-in-waiting and trusted friend of the late Queen Elizabeth II has stepped aside from her new job in King Charles III’s household after making what were called “unacceptable” and “racist” comments to a Black guest at a reception hosted by Camilla, the queen consort.
Times U.K. correspondent Roya Nikkhah reported that the aide is Lady Susan Hussey. The 83-year-old “Number One Head Girl” for the queen had been part of the monarch’s inner circle since the birth of Prince Andrew in 1960 and had accompanied her to the funeral of Prince Philip. She’s also Prince William’s godmother and was asked by the queen to help introduce Meghan Markle to the expectations of royal life before her marriage to Prince Harry in 2018.
According to royal author Tom Bower, Hussey also predicted a tumultuous future for Meghan and Harry. “That will end in tears. Mark my words,” she reportedly said.
On Tuesday, Hussey was involved in a “shocking exchange” with Ngozi Fulani, the CEO of a London-based nonprofit, at a reception at Buckingham Palace, the Daily Beast reported. According to Fulani’s account of the exchange, the aide, whom she only identified as “Lady SH,” repeatedly questioned her about where she was “really from,” even after she told her she was born in the U.K. and is British.
Mixed feelings about yesterday’s visit to Buckingham Palace. 10 mins after arriving, a member of staff, Lady SH, approached…