A Buckingham Palace aide has resigned after allegedly making racist remarks to Queen Consort Camilla Parker-Bowles during an event to support charities run by women and raise awareness of domestic violence.
Queen consort event for domestic violence charity
Parker-Bowles’ event was one of her first major events in her new role as Queen Consort. The reception was held to raise awareness of violence against women and girls, as part of the United Nations’ 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign.
The reception was projected as a great success for Parker-Bowles, but was quickly overshadowed by allegations of racism from one of the event’s guests. Ngozi Fulani heads up Sistah Space, a charity for women of African and Caribbean heritage across the UK who are dealing with domestic and sexual abuse.
accused of asking a racist question to a guest
Fulani tweeted an account of what had happened, writing, “Mixed feelings about yesterday’s visit to Buckingham Palace. 10 minutes after arriving, a member of staff … came up to me, saying my name Moved my hair to see the badge.
She also posted a transcript of the conversation, claiming that this colleague asked her “what part of Africa” she was and that she would not stop questioning him until Fulani shared it, while He is a British citizen, his parents immigrated to the UK.
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Mandu Reed, who was present at the reception, supported Fulani’s allegations. According to BBCHe said She had a “sense of incredulity” regarding the colleague’s frequent questions, and labeled the conversation “disrespectful, racist and obnoxious”.
Buckingham Palace’s response
Buckingham Palace quickly responded to Fulani’s allegation, issuing a statement that read: “We take this incident extremely seriously and have promptly investigated to establish the full details. In this instance, unacceptable and deeply regretful comments have been made. We have reached out to Ngozi Fulani on this matter, and if he Inviting them to discuss all elements of their experience in person if they so desire.
The statement continued, “In the meantime, the individual concerned would like to express his deepest apologies for the injury caused and has stepped down from his honorary role with immediate effect. All members of the household are being reminded of the diversity and inclusivity policies, which Needs to be maintained at all times.
The Parker-Bowles event was an admirable way to raise awareness and support women’s charities. It’s unfortunate that these allegations made it this far, but many are applauding Buckingham Palace for its quick response.