The Queen’s former lady-in-waiting has given a face-to-face apology to the black British charity boss whom she quizzed over her heritage.
Lady Susan Hussey, who asked Ngozi Fulani where she “really came from” during a Buckingham Palace reception, has apologised in person to the executive, Buckingham Palace said.
Ms Fulani, founder of the charity Sistah Space, expressed shock at her treatment by Lady Susan, the late Queen’s lady-in-waiting, and said she had suffered “horrific abuse” on social media in the aftermath.
Buckingham Palace said in a statement the two women met on Friday morning at the palace.
“At this meeting, filled with warmth and understanding, Lady Susan offered her sincere apologies for the comments that were made and the distress they caused to Ms Fulani,” the statement said.
“Lady Susan has pledged to deepen her awareness of the sensitivities involved and is grateful for the opportunity to learn more about the issues in this area.
“Ms Fulani, who has unfairly received the most appalling torrent of abuse on social media and elsewhere, has accepted this apology and appreciates that no malice was intended.”
A spokesperson added: “They hope that their example shows a path to resolution can be found with kindness, co-operation and the condemnation of discrimination wherever it takes root.”
The Palace said the King, Queen Consort and other members of the Royal Family have been kept fully informed and are “pleased” that both parties have reached the outcome.
It comes after the final volume of Harry and Meghan’s controversial Netflix documentary aired levelling claims that the royal household deliberately planted negative stories about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace declined to comment on the series.