Ngozi Fuloni closes Sistah Space over safety fears after racism storm
A campaigner whose treatment at Buckingham Palace triggered a racism row has been forced to close her charity over safety fears.
Ngozi Fulani revealed she was repeatedly asked where she ‘really came from’ by the late Queen’s former lady in waiting.
She had been invited to an anti-violence event for her advocacy on behalf of domestic abuse victims from African and Caribbean backgrounds through the organisation Sistah Space.
In an update to supporters, she said it had been ‘forced to temporarily cease’ operations over security concerns.
Ms Fulani spoke out about her treatment by Lady Susan Hussey, who resigned after the comments were made public.
Ms Fulani described the questioning as ‘horrific abuse’ on social media after the royal repeatedly challenged her when she said she was British.
In a statement on its Instagram page on Friday night, Sistah Space said: ‘Thank you for the continued support and messages.
‘Unfortunately recent events meant that we were forced to temporarily cease many of our operations to ensure the safety of our service users and our team.
‘We are overwhelmed by the amount of support and encouragement and look forward to fully reinstating our services as soon as safely possible.’
Ms Fulani had earlier expressed her shock over her treatment by Lady Susan, Prince William’s godmother and a long-time fixture in royal circles.
The 83-year-old resigned from the household and apologised after she repeatedly challenged Ms Fulani at the Queen Consort’s reception.
The campaigner told ITV’s Good Morning Britain that the royal had also touched her hair during the encounter.
She added: ‘I was stood next to two other women – black women – and she (Lady Susan) just made a beeline for me and she took my locks and moved it out of the way so that she could see my name badge.
‘That’s a no-no. I wouldn’t put my hands in someone’s hair and culturally it’s not appropriate.’
Ms Fulani argued the comments were down to racism, not Lady Susan’s age.
She told BBC Radio 4: ‘I’ve heard so many suggestions it’s about her age and stuff like that and I think that’s a kind of a disrespect about ageism.
‘Are we saying that because of your age you can’t be racist or you can’t be inappropriate?
‘If you invite people to an event, as I said, against domestic abuse, and there are people there from different demographics, I don’t see the relevance of whether I’m British or not British. You’re trying to make me unwelcome in my own space.’
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