The Prince and Princess of Wales attended a Boston Celtics game against the Miami Heat at Boston’s TD Garden arena on Wednesday.
The royal couple were seated courtside and were spotted cheering the match. They were joined by Massachusetts governor-elect Maura Healey and Boston mayor Michelle Wu.
As the couple’s presence was announced and their faces shown on the giant screen, chants of “USA, USA” rang out from the crowd. Boos could also be heard.
They announced Prince William and Kate Middleton at TD Garden and immediately had to take them off the screen because the crowd booed them… ☠️
— Kendra Middleton (@KenniMiddleton) December 1, 2022
Prince William and Princess Kate on the Jumbotron at TD Garden followed by a smattering of boos and USA chants pic.twitter.com/Pf9TVrsvSk
— Avi Carr-Gloth (@avicarrgloth) December 1, 2022
Ms Hussey served as Queen Elizabeth II’s lady in-waiting for more than 60 years after Ngozi Fulani, the founder of Britain’s leading domestic abuse charity for Black women, said she was left “traumatised” on being asked racially offensive questions about her heritage at an event.
The head of Sistah Space was invited to the Violence Against Women and Girls reception hosted by the Queen Consort Camilla on Tuesday.
Ms Fulani posted a transcript of the conversation with “Lady SH” on social media, in which she said Lady Hussey moved her hair to see her name badge.
The former Buckingham Palace official was told by Ms Fulani that her charity was based out of Hackney, prompting “Lady SH” to ask: “No, what part of Africa are YOU from?”
Mixed feelings about yesterday's visit to Buckingham Palace. 10 mins after arriving, a member of staff, Lady SH, approached me, moved my hair to see my name badge. The conversation below took place. The rest of the event is a blur.
Thanks @ManduReid & @SuzanneEJacob for support🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/OUbQKlabyq
— Sistah Space (@Sistah_Space) November 30, 2022
The Palace later said in a statement that the comments were “unacceptable and deeply regrettable”.
“In this instance, unacceptable and deeply regrettable comments have been made. We have reached out to Ngozi Fulani on this matter and are inviting her to discuss all elements of her experience in person if she wishes.”
A spokesperson for William also condemned the comments in a statement.
“Racism has no place in our society,” it said. “The comments were unacceptable, and it is right that the individual has stepped aside with immediate effect.”