Lady Susan Hussey 'stands in for senior royal' three months after racism row – report

ASCOT, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 15: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Prince Charles, Prince of Wales watches the racing through binoculars as he and Lady Susan Hussey (Lady-in-waiting to Queen Elizabeth II) attend day 2 of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 15, 2022 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
Charles at Royal Ascot with Lady Susan Hussey, who is godmother to his eldest son William. (Getty Images)

Buckingham Palace has not responded to reports that Lady Susan Hussey performed official duties for the Royal Family three months after quitting following a racism row.

According to the Daily Mail, Princess Anne asked Lady Susan to represent her at a memorial service for Dame Frances Campbell — who was a lady-in-waiting to the Queen Mother.

The outlet further reported that Lady Susan has been seen using the staff entrance at Buckingham Palace and that she was listed as a representative of Anne on the order of service.

Lady Susan resigned from her honorary position as Lady of the Household after she repeatedly asked charity executive Ngozi Fulani where she was “really from” during a reception raising awareness of violence against women and girls hosted by the Queen Consort at Buckingham Palace.

Britain's Queen Consort Camilla (R) speaks to guests near Ngozi Fulani (back L), chief executive of the London-based Sistah Space group, during a reception to raise awareness of violence against women and girls as part of the UN 16 days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, at Buckingham Palace in London on November 29, 2022. - Buckingham Palace apologised and a member of the royal household has quit after a black British charity campaigner was repeatedly asked where she
Camilla speaking to guests near to Ngozi Fulani at the reception where Lady Susan Hussey's controversial comments were made. (Getty Images)

Fulani and Lady Susan have since reconciled at a meeting arranged by the palace, where Lady Susan apologised to the campaigner, but the controversy created much debate. Some defended Lady Susan due to her age, whilst others have condemned her comments outright.

The Royal Family reacted promptly to the incident.

Announcing her resignation in a statement, Buckingham Palace described the comments as "unacceptable and deeply regrettable" adding: "All members of the household are being reminded of the diversity and inclusivity policies which they are required to uphold at all times."

Prince William, who was in Boston to attend the award ceremony of the Earthshot Prize when the scandal broke, said the comments were "really disappointing".

William, who is Lady Susan’s godson, added: "Racism has no place in our society. The comments were unacceptable, and it is right that the individual has stepped aside with immediate effect."

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - DECEMBER 02: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been converted to black and white. Color version not available.) (Exclusive behind the scenes) Catherine, Princess of Wales and Prince William, Prince of Wales attend The Earthshot Prize 2022 at MGM Music Hall at Fenway on December 02, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images for Earthshot)
William's trip to Boston for the Earthshot Prize Awards was somewhat overshadowed by the controversy surrounding his godmother's comments. (Getty Images)

While Lady Susan's is not listed on the court circular — an official record of engagements the royals have attended – King Charles's representative, the Earl of Rosslyn was listed as attending the memorial service.

This might indicate that any omission of Lady Susan's name is because someone was representing the monarch himself — a representative of another member of the Royal Family at a funeral or memorial service would sometimes only be listed if the sovereign was not personally represented.

While the return of Lady Susan might raise some eyebrows, it would follow her receiving public support from Prince Harry, who said he and his wife Meghan "love" the former courtier and that she "never meant any harm" with her comments.

"She never meant any harm at all. But the response from the British press, and from people online because of the stories that they wrote was horrendous."

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