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Prince William's spokesperson said 'racism has no place in our society' after his godmother, Lady Susan, resigned over 'unacceptable' comments

INSIDER 11/30/2022 mfriel@businessinsider.com (Mikhaila Friel)
Prince William and Kate Middleton are photographed in Kingston, Jamaica. Photo by Samir Hussein via Getty Images © Photo by Samir Hussein via Getty Images Prince William and Kate Middleton are photographed in Kingston, Jamaica. Photo by Samir Hussein via Getty Images
  • Prince William's spokesperson has responded to the resignation of Lady Susan Hussey.
  • Hussey was accused of making "unacceptable" comments to a Black guest visiting the palace.
  • The spokesperson said "racism has no place in our society."

A spokesperson for the Prince and Princess of Wales has responded to the resignation of Lady Susan Hussey, who was accused of making "unacceptable" comments during an event at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday.

Hussey is a close friend to the royal family and godmother to William, Insider previously reported. She worked as a lady-in-waiting at Buckingham Palace — a nonsalaried role given to aristocratic women — from 1960 until her step back on Wednesday. Her role involved helping King Charles plan official palace events.

Lady Susan (center, back row) accompanies the Prince and Princess of Wales at Prince William's christening ceremony. PA Images via Getty Images © PA Images via Getty Images Lady Susan (center, back row) accompanies the Prince and Princess of Wales at Prince William's christening ceremony. PA Images via Getty Images

Hussey resigned on Wednesday following allegations that she asked a Black guest where she "really came from" at a palace event on Tuesday. Ngozi Fulani, founder of the domestic violence charity Sistah Space, wrote about the encounter with a staff member identified as "Lady SH" on Twitter.

Mandu Reid, leader of the UK's Women's Equality Party who witnessed the event, told BBC News that Hussey was the individual who made the comments. The person's identity has not been confirmed by the palace.

"This is a matter for Buckingham Palace, but as the Prince of Wales' spokesperson I appreciate you're all here and that you'll want to ask about it. So let me address this head on," a Kensington Palace spokesperson said in a statement at a media briefing during their trip to Boston, which was later shared with Insider.

"I was really disappointed to hear about the guest's experience at Buckingham Palace last night," the spokesperson said.

"Obviously, I wasn't there, but racism has no place in our society. The comments were unacceptable, and it is right that the individual has stepped aside with immediate effect," they added.

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