Buckingham Palace Staff Member Resigns After Exchange With Black Guest

“This is in stark contrast to how long it took for the palace to respond to the allegations that Meghan made in the Oprah interview,” said Peter Hunt, a former royal correspondent for the BBC. “This is exactly what they needed to do, at speed,” he said, adding that the royal family was acting more like “a modern corporation and not an ancient institution.”

Unlike in the case of Meghan’s allegation, there were witnesses to the exchange with Ms. Fulani, which occurred as more than 300 guests were milling in a reception room. After repeated questioning, Ms. Fulani said she told the woman she was of “African heritage, Caribbean descent, and British nationality.”

“I knew we’d get there in the end,” the woman replied, according to Ms. Fulani. “You’re Caribbean!”

Mr. Hunt said the palace also acted quickly because William and his wife, Princess Catherine, are traveling to Boston this week to present awards given out by the Earthshot Prize, an organization…

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This article was written by Mark Landler and originally published on www.nytimes.com