When Buckingham Palace announced in November that Queen Elizabeth II’s senior lady-in-waiting, Lady Susan Hussey, was stepping down after being caught up in a “racism” row, there was shock and surprise at her treatment. received.
Now a senior member of the royal family has made a public show of support for Lady Susan, the Daily Mail can reveal.
When Princess Anne realized she would not be able to attend Dame Frances Campbell-Preston’s funeral on Tuesday at the Royal Hospital in Chelsea, she turned to her mother’s friend, 83, for help.
“Lady Susan has been formally asked to represent the Princess Royal at the service,” a family friend said. ‘She was more than happy to oblige. Her official position was recorded in the service order. It’s great to see her back in the royal fold.
Curiously, however, Lady Susan’s important role was omitted from the Court Circular, the daily bulletin that records all official royal duties. It did say that the King and Queen consort were represented at the service by the Earl of Rosslyn.
Lady Susan Hussey (pictured) has returned to official duties for Princess Anne.
Royal sources stated: “Typically, only those who represent the King or Queen Consort in memorials are recorded in the Court Circular.”
But this claim does not stand up to scrutiny. In the past three months, the Court Circular has recorded five examples of members of the Royal Family, other than the King and Queen Consort, being represented by others at funerals or memorial services. They include Princess Anne represented by Brigadier Sir Melville Jameson at a funeral in December and by Mrs Timothy Holderness-Roddam at a funeral the previous month.
Adding to the intrigue, Lady Susan was spotted visiting Buckingham Palace yesterday morning. She used the staff entrance.
Lady Susan, widow of former BBC Chairman Lord (Marmaduke) Hussey, was considered by many to have been humiliatingly hung out to dry when she was forced to ‘step back’ from royal duties after her fateful exchange with domestic abuse activist Ngozi Fulani in a reception at Buckingham Palace. . Ms. Fulani had posted details of her conversation on social media.
As soon as Lady Susan announced her departure from court, a spokesperson for Prince William, Lady Susan’s godson, announced that “racism has no place in our society.”
Lady Susan was seen visiting Buckingham Palace yesterday morning (pictured). She used the staff entrance
Lady Susan, widow of former BBC president Lord (Marmaduke) Hussey, was considered by many to have been humiliatingly hung out to dry when forced to “step aside” from royal duties.
When Princess Anne realized she would not be able to attend Dame Frances Campbell-Preston’s funeral at the Royal Hospital in Chelsea on Tuesday, she turned to her mother’s friend, 83
Ms Fulani had accompanied a friend to the reception, hosted by the Queen Consort, to highlight violence against women and girls. She said she felt she suffered “a form of abuse” during her encounter with Lady Susan, who repeatedly asked her where she was “really” from, despite her making it clear that she was British.
A friend of Lady Susan’s later said: ‘Like many people her age, Lady Susan is hard of hearing. It is likely that her deafness contributed to the problems she had that day.
After Ms Fulani made a series of media appearances, she met Lady Susan again at Buckingham Palace. That arranged meeting, a palace spokesman said, was filled with “warmth and understanding”, and Lady Susan offered “sincere apologies” for her comments and “the distress they had caused”. Ms Fulani accepted this and that Lady Susan intended “without malice”.
Ngozi Fulani said she felt she suffered “a form of abuse” during her meeting with Lady Susan, who repeatedly asked her where she was “really” from, despite making it clear she was British.
Lady Susan worships at a church in Southwark, south London, where the congregation is 90 per cent black. One word thrower described her as “a lovely, beautiful lady.” She served Queen Elizabeth for 62 years before Charles bestowed on her the honorary position of Dame of the House.
Last month, Lady Susan met the King and Princess Anne at Sandringham Church. She was a private guest of the king, the palace said.
Buckingham Palace declined to comment last night.