Mayor of Boston welcomes Earthshot to the city
Prince William and his wife Kate have arrived in Boston for their first trip abroad since the death of Queen Elizabeth II and the ascension to the throne of King Charles III.
The Prince and Princess of Wales, as they are now titled, last visited America in 2014 when they attended events in New York and Washington, DC.
Landing in Boston on Wednesday, the couple will attend an awards ceremony for the Earthshot environmental prize the prince set up and visit the John F Kennedy Presidential Library as well as local environmental and social advocacy projects.
The media spotlight on the trip is more intense as Buckingham Palace has become embroiled in a racism scandal that led to the resignation of the Prince of Wales’s godmother, Lady Susan Hussey. A spokesperson for the prince gave a sharp rebuke to her regarding comments to a Black advocate for domestic abuse survivors.
The couple sat courtside with Massachusetts governor-elect Maura Healey to watch the Boston Celtics play the Miami Heat on Wednesday night.
The royal couple are set to be greeted by President Joe Biden when he visits Boston on Friday but are not scheduled to meet with Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle who will be in New York a few days later.
Ngozi Fulani claims Lady Susan Hussey also touched her hair
Ngozi Fulani has said Lady Susan Hussey also touched her hair during the interaction at Buckingham Palace which resulted in the late Queen’s lady in waiting resigning from the household.
Fulani, of Sistah Space, told ITV’s Good Morning Britain: “We support women of African and Caribbean heritage who are affected by domestic and sexual abuse.
“Ironically, that’s the reason why we got the invitation, so the last thing we expected to happen was that race would become an issue.”
Describing the incident, she said: “I was standing next to two other women – black women – and she (Lady Susan) just made a beeline for me, and she took my locks and moved it out of the way so that she could see my name badge.
“That’s a no-no. I wouldn’t put my hands in someone’s hair, and culturally it’s not appropriate.
“But you consider that this lady is of senior years, I have to consider many things – is she OK?- and also my environment, and who I represent – Sistah Space – and so I was a bit taken aback.”
Kate Ng1 December 2022 09:38
Prince of Wales says racism has no place in society
Lady Susan Hussey, the late Queen’s lady-in-waiting, resigned after she asked Ngozi Fulani, a prominent Black advocate for survivors of domestic abuse, where she “really came from”.
Buckingham Palace said it took the incident, at the Queen Consort’s reception on violence against women on Tuesday, “extremely seriously” and had investigated immediately.
Nadine White, The Independent‘s race correspondent, reports.
Oliver O’Connell1 December 2022 09:30
ICYMI: Prince William’s godmother resigns from Buckingham Palace role amid race row
Ngozi Fulani, founder of Britain’s leading domestic abuse charity for Black women, says she was left “traumatized” after she was asked racially offensive questions about her heritage at the event.
Thomas Kingsley has the details.
Oliver O’Connell1 December 2022 09:00
Ngozi Fulani says focus should remain on domestic abuse survivors
Ngozi Fulani stressed that the focus should remain on domestic abuse survivors rather than the race row and subsequent resignation of the late Queen’s lady in waiting.
Asked how she felt about Lady Susan Hussey’s resignation, the Black charity boss told BBC Radio 4’s Today program: “I want the focus to remain where it should be, which is on the women and girls who are affected by domestic abuse.
“Having said that, she’s influenced by Buckingham Palace, and it’s their decision and her decision to make, one that I had no part in.”
Asked if she would have preferred to accept Lady Susan’s apology instead of seeing her leave the household, Fulani said: “I would have preferred it did not happen.
“I would have preferred that I could go to a space where I’m invited and be treated as every other guest was treated.
“I would prefer that we kept the focus on the abuse against women and girls.”
Kate Ng1 December 2022 08:40
What are William and Kate scheduled to do in Boston?
However, the awards ceremony on Friday evening is just one of several engagements and outings planned for the royal couple during their three-day trip to Boston, as Kate and William are expected to make a number of appearances in and around the city in the upcoming days.
Chelsea Ritschel looks at what is on their itinerary.
Oliver O’Connell1 December 2022 08:30
Ngozi Fulani: ‘You’re trying to make me unwelcome’
Ngozi Fulani has spoken to BBC Radio 4’s Today program about her treatment by Lady Susan Hussey at the royal reception on Tuesday.
She said: “Let us be clear what this is. I’ve heard so many suggestions it’s about her age and stuff like that. And I think that’s a kind of disrespect about ageism. Are we saying that because of your age you can’t be racist or you can’t be inappropriate?
“If you invite people to an event, as I said, against domestic abuse, and there are people there from different demographics, I don’t see the relevance of whether I’m British or not British. You’re trying to make me unwelcome in my own space.”
She added: “Although it’s not physical violence, it is an abuse.”
Lady Hussey, who is Prince William’s godmother, has resigned from the household and apologized after repeatedly asking Fulani where she “really came from” during the event.
Kate Ng1 December 2022 08:21
Will the prince and princess meet with Joe Biden?
However, William and Kate have another meeting on the cards during their visit.
Oliver O’Connell1 December 2022 08:00
William and Kate praised as ‘power couple’ over matching suits
On Wednesday 30 November, the royal couple arrived in Boston, Massachusetts, for a three-day trip, which will conclude with the second annual Earthshot Prize Awards Ceremony on Friday evening.
Chelsea Ritschel reviewed their sartorial choices.
Oliver O’Connell1 December 2022 07:15
Who is performing at Earthshot 2022?
The Earthshot Prize is the annual awards ceremony to celebrate the environmental charity and includes a star-studded line-up of performers. Megan Graye previews who is performing.
Oliver O’Connell1 December 2022 06:15
Racism row erupted as royal couple crossed Atlantic
The Prince and Princess of Wales made their first public appearance in Boston after William reprimanded his own godmother for racist comments that led to her resignation.
William and Kate were welcomed by the Governor of Massachusetts Charlie Baker as they arrived for their United States tour at Boston Logan International Airport on Wednesday.
Graeme Massie reports on what they said when they landed.
Oliver O’Connell1 December 2022 04:15