Britain's Prince William, Prince of Wales, Kate, Princess of Wales, Prince George and Princess Charlotte attend the 'Together At Christmas' carol service at Westminster Abbey, in London, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022. Prince William's godmother has met to offer her sincere apologies to a woman over "unacceptable" comments she had made about her race and nationality at an official royal reception last month, Buckingham Palace said on Friday. Image Credit: AP

LONDON: Buckingham Palace on Friday declared a reconciliation between Prince William’s godmother and a black British woman who was repeatedly asked where she was “really” from.

Sistah Space charity founder Ngozi Fulani was grilled at a palace reception on November 29 by Susan Hussey, who refused to accept that she was British.

After Fulani revealed the exchange, the 83-year-old Lady Hussey stepped down from her role as a household companion to Queen Consort Camilla, the wife to King Charles III.

Fulani and Hussey on Friday held a meeting at Buckingham Palace that royal officials said was “filled with warmth and understanding”.

Hussey offered her “sincere apologies” and pledged to learn more about the racial sensitivities involved, while Fulani accepted the apology “and appreciates that no malice was intended”.

Fulani, who works to help black survivors of domestic abuse, had received “the most appalling torrent of abuse on social media and elsewhere”, the palace noted, after she was forced to suspend her charity work to protect her clients and staff.

Charles, Camilla and other royals “are pleased that both parties have reached this welcome outcome”, the statement concluded.

There was no immediate comment from Fulani.

The row erupted in the days before William’s estranged brother Prince Harry and wife Meghan issued fresh allegations of racism in the family, in their Netflix documentary series.

Foreign Secretary James Cleverly, who like Meghan is mixed race, rallied to the royals’ defence at the weekend.

He said there was no stronger supporter of a multicultural Britain than Charles, Harry’s father.

“And I think the royal family’s attitude to this country reflects the modern country that we see,” Cleverly told Sky News.