‘If you’re sorry, tell me you’re sorry’: Ngozi Fulani slams Buckingham Palace for ‘failing to properly apologize to her’ after spat with Lady Susan Hussey, reveals she will temporarily step down as Sistah Space CEO
- Ms. Fulani said she temporarily resigned on International Women’s Day.
- She said that she still does not regret speaking out about the incident.
Ngozi Fulani temporarily stepped down as chief executive of Sistah Space, slamming Buckingham Palace for failing to apologize to her properly after Queen Elizabeth II’s most important lady-in-waiting, Lady Susan Hussey, asked her “Where are you really from?” ?”
Speaking on International Women’s Day, Ms Fulani said the Sistah Space charity has suffered as a direct result of the race.
She said that after the incident, “violence” has been directed towards her and she claims that the Palace has not intervened.
“So what I had to do, I have now temporarily stepped down as CEO of Sistah Space,” Ms Fulani announced on Good Morning Britain today.
‘Service users and community cannot access us properly. All of this has cost us a fortune because we had to pay our own PR to keep the press from showing up, it was horrible.
But she said she doesn’t regret speaking out about what happened as it’s about “discussing and raising awareness about violence against women and girls, and I’ll go anywhere anytime to fight for that cause.”
Ms. Fulani also lashed out at the Palace, which she says did not directly apologize to her, although an official apology statement was issued publicly.
“If you have to ask someone for an apology, it’s not an apology,” he said.
‘I’m just making the point so everyone understands what’s so hard to say I’m sorry.
You sent me the invitation so you know how to find me. You know how to say sorry.
‘If you’re sorry, say sorry, if you don’t, I get it. But when you apologize to everyone, I don’t know who you’re apologizing to.
MailOnline has contacted Buckingham Palace for comment.
Lady Susan Hussey (pictured) has returned to official duties for Princess Anne.
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.
What is Sistah Space?
Sistah Space is a non-profit charity that supports women and girls of African descent who are victims of domestic violence.
The charity was founded in 2015 in direct response to the tragic murder of Valerie Forde and her 22-month-old daughter at the hands of Valerie’s ex-partner.
In a statement, Sistah Space said: ‘It has been an extremely challenging yet rewarding journey of love and care.
‘Starting as a small idea in 2015 and continuing seven years later with the promotion, training and support we offer today.’
Ms Fulani had accompanied a friend to a reception at Buckingham Palace, hosted by the Queen Consort, to highlight violence against women and girls.
She said Lady Susan repeatedly asked her where she was ‘really’ from, despite her making it clear she was British, during the event.
Ms Fulani says she felt “violated” after she was “interrogated” by Prince William’s godmother.
The former lady-in-waiting, who served the late Queen for six decades and was retained by the King in an honorary role, resigned ‘with immediate effect’ in November amid angry protest after Ms Fulani tweeted about her event experience. .
After Ms Fulani made a series of media appearances about the incident, the couple met at Buckingham Palace in mid-December.
The Palace said after the meeting: “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 Ms Fulani.
‘Lady Susan is committed to deepening her awareness of the sensitivities involved and welcomes the opportunity to learn more about the issues in this area.
Unjustly the recipient of the most appalling torrent of abuse on social media and elsewhere, Ms Fulani has accepted this apology and appreciates that there was no malice.
Lady Susan Hussey (left) meets Ngozi Fulani, founder of the Sistah Space charity in the Regency Room at Buckingham Palace.
Both Mrs Fulani and Lady Susan are now asking to be left alone to rebuild their lives following an immensely harrowing period for both of them.
‘They hope their example will show that a path can be found to resolve with kindness, cooperation and condemnation of discrimination wherever it takes root.
“It is the wish of both parties that, at the end of the 16 days of UN Gender-Based Violence Activism, the focus can now return to the important work of Sistah Space to support women affected by domestic abuse.
“Their Majesties the King and Queen Consort and other members of the Royal Family have been informed and are pleased that both parties have reached this positive outcome.”