'Should have been the other way round!' - Ann Widdecombe says royals will REGRET Ngozi Fulani apology

Ms Hussey is said to have repeatedly questioned black domestic abuse campaigner Ngozi Fulani at a Buckingham Palace reception about where she 'really came from'

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Ann Widdecombe says the Royal Family will live to regret Lady Susan Hussey’s apology to Ngozi Fulani after the royal race row.

Ms Hussey is said to have repeatedly questioned black domestic abuse campaigner Ngozi Fulani at a Buckingham Palace reception about where she “really came from”.

Lady Susan, the Prince of Wales’s 83-year-old godmother, resigned from the household and apologised after she repeatedly challenged Ms Fulani when she said she was British at the Queen Consort’s reception highlighting violence against women and girls.

Ex-Tory Minister Ms Widdecombe has criticised the decision made by the royal household to apologise after Ngozi Fulani reportedly accepted it.

Ann Widdecombe has criticised Lady Susan Hussey's decision to apologise to Ngozi Fulani.
Ann Widdecombe has criticised Lady Susan Hussey's decision to apologise to Ngozi Fulani.

In an exclusive interview with GB News, she told Patrick Christys: “It should have been the other way round.

“She accepted an invitation to a social event, she then embarrassed the host and the hostess.

“She caused a very long serving member of the royal staff to retire. I think she should have apologised or at the very least, there should have been an exchange of apologies.

“I also think the Royal Household have been a bit wimpish about this, and they may live to regret this, because Harry and Meghan will make hay with this.”

In a statement on the official Buckingham Palace website, confirmation of a meeting between Ms Fulani and Ms Hussey taking place was issued.

Lady Susan Hussey is said to have asked Ngozi Fulani where she is 'really' from.
Lady Susan Hussey is said to have asked Ngozi Fulani where she is 'really' from.

They said: “A meeting took place this morning, 16th December, at Buckingham Palace between Ms Ngozi Fulani, founder of Sistah Space, and Lady Susan Hussey to address the incident that took place at a Palace reception last month.

“At this meeting, filled with warmth and understanding, Lady Susan offered her sincere apologies for the comments that were made and the distress they caused to Ms Fulani.

“Lady Susan has pledged to deepen her awareness of the sensitivities involved and is grateful for the opportunity to learn more about the issues in this area.

“Ms Fulani, who has unfairly received the most appalling torrent of abuse on social media and elsewhere, has accepted this apology and appreciates that no malice was intended.

“The Royal Households will continue their focus on inclusion and diversity, with an enhanced programme of work which will extend knowledge and training programmes, examining what can be learnt from Sistah Space, and ensuring these reach all members of their communities.

“Both Ms Fulani and Lady Susan ask now that they be left in peace to rebuild their lives in the wake of an immensely distressing period for them both.

“They hope that their example shows a path to resolution can be found with kindness, co-operation and the condemnation of discrimination wherever it takes root.”