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Buckingham Palace aide resigns over remarks to black charity boss

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Ngozi Fulani was persistently asked where she was really from

A Buckingham Palace household member has apologised and resigned over “unacceptable comments” made to a black British guest at a reception hosted by the Queen Consort.

Ngozi Fulani, the founder of a charity supporting victims of domestic abuse, says she was repeatedly asked by a royal aide where she was “really from”.

She was asked at the Buckingham Palace event where she was from in Africa.

The palace said it was taking the incident “extremely seriously”.

An eyewitness to the conversation, Mandu Reid, backed the account and told the BBC the questions put to Ms Fulani were “offensive, racist and unwelcoming”.

Ms Reid says she had a “sense of incredulity” about the exchange with a member of the Royal Household, in which Ms Fulani was “interrogated” about where she was from – even though she had explained she was born and lived in the UK. Ms Fulani is the founder of the London-based charity Sistah Space, which supports black women who have faced domestic and sexual abuse. Credit: bbc.com

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