Susan Hussey, Prince William’s godmother who made racist fumble, is a ‘relic,’ insider says

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The longtime royal aide who resigned amid a Buckingham Palace racism furor Wednesday was held in such high esteem that she was tasked with giving Meghan Markle royal protocol lessons — but is also known as a “relic from another era,” royal insiders told Page Six.

Lady Susan Hussey quit after making “unacceptable and deeply regrettable comments” to Black charity founder Ngozi Fulani, during a Buckingham Palace event — hosted by Queen Consort Camilla on Tuesday — to raise awareness about violence against women.

The 83-year-old is godmother to Prince William and was one of Queen Elizabeth II’s closest confidantes. 

Lady Susan, who is the widow of Marmaduke Hussey, the former chairman of the BBC, was the monarch’s longest-serving lady-in-waiting. Her official title was Woman of the Bedchamber, and she joined royal service in 1960. She was even by the queen’s side on the drive to Prince Philip’s funeral in April 2021.

One palace source told Page Six: “Lady Susan is a relic from another era, but she was with the queen for some of the most important moments of her reign. She was integral behind the scenes.

“She had the queen’s ear and the respect of the private secretaries and all the senior staff at Buckingham Palace. She was a force. She’s a formidable presence to say the least.”

Indeed, Lady Susan — whose character was featured in season five of Netflix’s “The Crown” —  was so well thought of that the queen asked her to give Markle lessons in royal life. She even accompanied Markle and the monarch on their first joint engagement to Cheshire back in June 2018, a source said.

Nonetheless, Hussey was quoted as saying of Harry and Markle’s romance:  “That will all end in tears. Mark my words.”

She was a big part of the family for decades.

“William and Harry are used to Lady Susan being around,” said another well-placed royal insider. “She was so close to the family that King Charles appointed her as one of William’s godmothers and Harry and Meghan were fond of her.”

Charles even asked her to stay on at the palace following the death of Queen Elizabeth in September — and Hussey’s daughter, Lady Katherine Brooke, was announced as one of Camilla’s six new aides over the weekend after the Queen Consort scrapped the traditional title of “ladies in waiting.”

On Tuesday, Hussey was at a Buckingham Palace event to raise awareness about domestic violence when she reportedly asked Fulani, 61, who runs the charity Sistah Space, “What part of Africa are you from?”

Fulani answered that she was from Hackney, a borough of London, but Hussey allegedly wouldn’t let it go, asking, “No, but what nationality are you?”

“I am born here and am British,” Fulani said she insisted again, recounting the conversation on Twitter.

“It just shows what a relic Lady Susan is,” the palace insider said. “She’s been using that opening shot ‘Where are you from?’ for all her life.”

A Kensington Palace spokesman addressed the matter as the Prince and Princess of Wales were en route to Boston Wednesday for their high-profile three-day visit.

At a briefing in Boston about the Waleses’ Earthshot Prize, the spokesman said: “I want to address the story relating to a guest attending a reception at Buckingham Palace last night.

“This is a matter for Buckingham Palace but as the Prince of Wales’ spokesperson … I was really disappointed to hear about the guest’s experience at Buckingham Palace last night …

“Racism has no place in our society. The comments were unacceptable, and it is right that the individual has stepped aside with immediate effect.”

Asked how this affects William and Kate’s US visit, the palace source said: “I would hope this would not overshadow [the trip]. Lady Susan was at Buckingham Palace at the request and bequest of the king and queen and not the Waleses.”


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