EXCLUSIVE: Lady Susan Hussey is BACK performing official duties on behalf of Princess Anne just three months after being forced out of Palace life when she was engulfed in race row for asking black domestic abuse campaigner where she was ‘really from’
- Lady Susan Hussey has returned to performing official duties for Princess Anne
- She was forced out of Palace life after race row with campaigner Ngozi Fulani
When Buckingham Palace announced in November that Queen Elizabeth II’s most senior lady-in-waiting, Lady Susan Hussey, was resigning her post after being engulfed in a ‘racism’ row, there was shock and surprise at her treatment.
Now one senior member of the Royal Family has made a very public display of support for Lady Susan, the Daily Mail can disclose.
When Princess Anne realised she would not be able to attend the memorial service for Dame Frances Campbell-Preston on Tuesday at the Royal Hospital in Chelsea, she turned to her mother’s friend, 83, for help.
‘Lady Susan was formally asked to represent the Princess Royal at the service,’ a family friend said. ‘She was more than happy to do so. Her official position was recorded in the order of service. 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 recording all official royal duties. It did state that the King and Queen Consort were represented at the service by the Earl of Rosslyn.
Lady Susan Hussey (pictured) has returned to performing official duties for Princess Anne
Royal sources claimed: ‘It is usually only those representing the King or the Queen Consort at memorials who are recorded in the Court Circular.’
But this assertion does not stand up to scrutiny. In the past three months, the Court Circular has recorded five examples of members of the Royal Family, apart from the King and Queen Consort, being represented by others at funerals or memorial services. They include Princess Anne being 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.
Many considered that Lady Susan, widow of former BBC chairman Lord (Marmaduke) Hussey, was humiliatingly hung out to dry when she was obliged to ‘step aside’ from royal duties after her fateful exchange with domestic abuse campaigner Ngozi Fulani at a Buckingham Palace reception. Ms Fulani had published details of their conversation on social media.
Barely had Lady Susan announced her departure from court than a spokesman for Prince William – Lady Susan’s godson – announced that ‘racism has no place in our society’.
Lady Susan was spotted visiting Buckingham Palace yesterday morning (pictured). She used the staff entrance
Many considered that Lady Susan, widow of former BBC chairman Lord (Marmaduke) Hussey, was humiliatingly hung out to dry when she was obliged to ‘step aside’ from royal duties
When Princess Anne realised she would not be able to attend the memorial service for Dame Frances Campbell-Preston on Tuesday at the Royal Hospital in Chelsea, she turned to her mother’s friend, 83
Ngozi Fulani 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 clear she was British
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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 clear she was British.
A friend of Lady Susan said later: ‘Like many people of her age, Lady Susan is rather hard of hearing. It’s likely that her deafness contributed to the problems she had that day.’
After Ms Fulani made a string of media appearances, she met Lady Susan again at Buckingham Palace. That arranged encounter, a palace spokesman said, was filled with ‘warmth and understanding’, with Lady Susan offering ‘sincere apologies’ for her comments and ‘the distress they had caused’. Ms Fulani accepted this and that Lady Susan had intended ‘no malice’.
Lady Susan worships at a church in Southwark, south London, where the congregation is 90 per cent black. A wordshipper described her as ‘a lovely, beautiful lady’. She served Queen Elizabeth for 62 years before being given the honorary position of Lady of the Household by Charles.
Last month, Lady Susan joined the King and Princess Anne at church in Sandringham. She was a private guest of the King, the palace said.
Buckingham Palace declined to comment last night.
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