The controversy at home has overshadowed the first overseas trip of Prince and Princess Of Wales since the Queen’s passing.
Yesterday, William and Kate arrived in Boston for a three day visit. They will then attend Friday’s Earthshot Prize ceremony to honor the prince’s environmental achievements.
After repeatedly asking a black visitor where she came from, the prince’s godmother quit her duties at Buckingham Palace hours earlier.
William was greeted by a Kensington Palace spokesperson who said that Lady Susan Hussey’s remarks were unacceptable and that racism had no place in the society.
He said Lady Hussey (83), was correct to have relinquished her honorary position as Lady of the Household immediately.
Since Ngozi Fulani (a British-born charity boss) revealed what had occurred at an event in Buckingham Palace, Tuesday, the monarchy has been accused of institutional racism.
Lady Hussey was the Queen’s lady-in-waiting for over 60 years and has now offered her “profound apology” for any hurt she may have caused.
William was focusing on the Earthshot Prize while he welcomed Bostonians, saying that he and his wife were looking forward to spending the next few hours learning about innovative ways Massachusettsans are combating climate change.
The White House confirmed that the royal couple will meet Joe Biden, President, later in the week.
William and Kate sat on courtside while they watched an NBA game. They were booed in small groups by the crowd when an announcer introduced them and showed them on the big screen.
One time, some crowd members could be heard cheering loudly “USA, USA” as the couple appeared on the screens above the court.
Analysis: William and Kate will do everything they can to win America back
It could not have been worse timing.
William and Kate have not been to the US in eight years. This is a period of significant change for the monarchy.
This is also their first visit to America since Prince Harry & Meghan left Britain for California.
Arianne Chernock from Boston University, Professor of British History, said that “What’s happened in Britain over 24 hours provides a really great opportunity for William and Kate.” “If they could make their own public statement in Boston, it would resonate deeply with the American public.”
This is an opportunity for them to rebuild their royal relations in America.
The Royal Family’s image was damaged by the negative publicity from Harry and Meghan’s Oprah interview.
The latest race row in America will not help.
Autumn Brewington, Washington Post royal columnist, said that “This wasn’t the sort of thing they wanted to happen right at the beginning of their trip.” “Many people will see this as supporting what Meghan and Harry said, both in terms of the comments they made and the hesitation of the palace to act on them.
With their Netflix series and Harry’s highly-anticipated memoir, the Duke and Duchess will be making headlines more often.
The visit of the Prince and Princess Of Wales was meant to put the Royal Family on the right foot in the USA.
They can also use it to advocate for causes that they care about on a global stage.
Their Boston engagements are focused on climate change, vulnerable young adults, sport, and the early years.
Prof Chernock stated that “This is an important moment for the couple, to reset basically and indicate the future location of the royal family in the years ahead.”
Boston has a rich history with the Royal Family. It was the birthplace for the American Revolution. There is still a fascination with British monarchy.
Expect to see the Prince of Wales and Princess Diana working hard to win America back.
Charity boss responds to resignation
Yesterday, Buckingham Palace stated that it took the incident “extremely serious” and called Lady Hussey’s comments “unacceptable” and “deeply regrettable”.
Ms Fulani is an advocate for domestic abuse survivors and describes the exchange as “violation”.
LBC was informed by Sistah Space’s chief executive that “nobody from palace has spoken to” but she said she would be happy to have a discussion to find a positive solution.
She said, “To be honest, I wish that the lady could speak to me and understand the damage she has done and not be in the front.
“But for her resignation, that has nothing at all to do with me. This is something that I do not like. She is an elder, and my culture respects elders.
“This kind of thing should not happen again. It is important to have conversations with the people involved.”
The Duchess of Sussex stated last year that an individual from the royal household raised concerns about what color skin her baby Archie would have, before he was born.
Royals must “step up”
Mandu Reid, the leader of Women’s Equality Party, was standing beside Ms Fulani, and she witnessed the exchange. She said that she was stunned.
It was very uncomfortable. This line of questioning wouldn’t have been possible if Ngozi were a white woman. Sky News told her that it’s not what she expected.
“We were not gate crashers, but felt almost like trespassers.”
When asked if Lady Hussey had reassured her by stepping down and apologising for her actions, she replied that she wasn’t. She said that the royals needed to “step up and admit that institutional racism is part and parcel of our culture.”