Ngozi Fulani claims ‘violence’ has been directed at her after Lady Susan Hussey incident

Ngozi Fulani claims ‘violence’ has been directed at her after Lady Susan Hussey incident

Ngozi Fulani has claimed “violence” has been directed towards her after Lady Susan Hussey asked the Sistah Space founder where she was “really from”.

Speaking on International Women’s Day, Ms Fulani said the charity has suffered as a result of the incident and that she has been forced to temporarily step down from her role.

Speaking to Good Morning Britain on the backlash following the incident last November, she said: “It’s International Women’s Day and the Sistah Space charity has suffered as a direct result.

“Because of this incident, violence has been directed at me. The Palace hasn’t intervened and I think they could have.

“So what I’ve had to do is temporarily step down as CEO.”

Ms Fulani went on to explain that the charity has lost large amounts of money as it has been forced to pay its own “PR to stop the press coming up”.

Last November, Ms Fulani went public to express her shock when Lady Susan, the late Queen’s lady in waiting, repeatedly asked the charity leader where she “really came from” at a Buckingham Palace reception highlighting violence against women.

Following the incident, a Palace statement read: “In this instance, unacceptable and deeply regrettable comments have been made.

“We have reached out to Ngozi Fulani on this matter, and are inviting her to discuss all elements of her experience in person if she wishes.

“In the meantime, the individual concerned would like to express her profound apologies for the hurt caused and has stepped aside from her honorary role with immediate effect.”

Despite the initial statement, Ms Fulani hit out at the Palace.

“Who are they apologising to? If you’re sorry, tell me you’re sorry. If you’re not, it speaks for itself,” she said on GMB.

“You sent me the invitation so you know how to find me. You know how to say sorry.

“If you’re sorry then say sorry, if you’re not, I get it but when you make this apology to everybody, I don’t know who you’re apologising to.”

Lady Susan also stepped down from her royal aide role following the incident.

The pair then had a face to face meeting in December which the Palace said had been “filled with warmth and understanding”.

A later statement said Ms Fulani had “unfairly received the most appalling torrent of abuse on social media and elsewhere” and that she had accepted Lady Susan’s apology during the meeting.

A royal source told the Standard: “In the aftermath of the incident that took place at a reception last November, the Palace made clear the comments made by Lady Susan were deeply regrettable.

“Lady Susan immediately expressed her sincere apologies, and stepped aside from her honorary role. These apologies were reiterated in person at a meeting in December.

“At the conclusion of this meeting, a joint statement was issued, in full agreement with Ms Fulani, in which these apologies were accepted, and it was recognised that no malice had been intended by Lady Susan.

“In that statement, a number of pledges were made by the Palace which have all been honoured. It was also agreed that no further media comment would be made.

“For the avoidance of any doubt, we are sorry for the incident that took place and apologise for the distress and difficulty it caused to Ms Fulani.”