Lady Susan Hussey has stepped down aftera prominent black advocate for survivors of domestic abuse revealed that she was repeatedly asked by a member of the Buckingham Palace household where she “really came from” while attending the Queen Consort's reception.
Ngozi Fulani, chief executive of Sistah Space, called the conversation a “violation” and said that the experience she faced atCamilla’s major engagement on the issue of violence against women earlier this week would “never leave me”.
In a statement, Buckingham Palace apologised for the “unacceptable and deeply regrettable comments” and Lady Susan has now stepped down from her honorary role as one of three Ladies of the Household, to which she was newly appointed to help King Charles at formal occasions.
So, who is Lady Susan Hussey? Let’s take a peek…
Lady Susan, 83, is the fifth daughter of the 12th Earl and Countess Waldegrave and was married to former BBC chair Marmaduke Hussey before his passing in 2006.
After starting work for the royal family in 1960, Lady Susan’s first role was to help Elizabeth II reply to letters, though eventually became part of the royal’s inner circle and was named the “woman of the bedchamber”.
Lady Susan served as one of Queen Elizabeth II’s lady-in-waiting for more than 60 years, and accompanied the late monarch to some significant royal occasions,including the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh in April 2021.
While Queen Elizabeth II sat alone during the ceremony due to Covid-19 restrictions at the time, the monarch was joined by her lady-in-waiting as she made her way to the funeral in the state Bentley.
Having been described as one of the late Her Majesty’s most trusted figures, Lady Susan was even part of the reduced selection of staff who attended to the Queen at Windsor while in lockdown.
In 2013, Lady Susan was given a Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order in the Queen’s 2013 Birthday Honours list and was also given long service awards in recognition of her loyalty to the Queen.
Lady Susan is also a godparent of Prince William, thoughhis representative has said "racism has no place in our society" and has said the comments made at a Buckingham Palace reception were "unacceptable".
Elsewhere, the royal aide is also a companion of Queen Margrethe of Denmark. Meanwhile, her daughter Lady Katherine Brooke is a friend of Camilla, Queen Consort and is one of the Queen’s Companions.
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