Who is Lady Susan Hussey? Late Queen's royal aide Prince William's godmother at centre of race row

Lady Susan Hussey (left) pictured with the Dean of Westminster in 2016.
Lady Susan Hussey (left) has resigned from her newly appointed role as one of three 'Ladies of the Household'. Credit: PA

Lady Susan Hussey spent decades serving as the late Queen's lady-in-waiting and as one of her closest confidantes.

She is the Prince of Wales' godmother, and was dubbed the monarch’s number one head girl, but has now resigned amid a race row.

Lady Susan stepped down from her newly appointed post, where she was set to help the King on formal occasions as one of three "Ladies of the Household".

Ngozi Fulani, Chief Executive of Sistah Space and a prominent black advocate for survivors of domestic abuse, has accused Lady Susan of repeatedly asking her where she "really came from" when she said she was British at a Buckingham Palace reception.

So, who exactly is Lady Susan and what is her relationship with the Royal Family?

On the day of the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral it was to Lady Susan that the Queen turned for support.

Lady Susan was at the Queen’s side, travelling with her in the State Bentley to St George’s Chapel for Philip’s poignant farewell service amid Covid restrictions.

Such is her bond with the Royal Family that Lady Susan, now 83, was one of the Prince of Wales’s godparents, and also attended his confirmation in 1997.

During the pandemic, she joined the Queen and Philip in HMS Bubble, as one of about 20 staff who cared for the royal couple in lockdown at Windsor Castle.

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Lady Susan was married to the late BBC chairman Marmaduke Hussey, who was BBC chairman when Diana, Princess of Wales gave her controversial 1995 Panorama interview. But, in accordance with tradition, he was not given a preview.

Her daughter Lady Katharine Brooke is a close friend of the Queen Consort, and has just been appointed one of Camilla’s six new Queen’s Companions.

Lady Susan is also a sister of the former Tory Cabinet minister William Waldegrave.

Ladies-in-waiting were considered the unsung members of the late Queen’s household and were personally chosen by the monarch.

They had a variety of duties including attending to private and personal matters for the Queen and handling her correspondence.

Ladies-in-waiting also assisted the Queen on official engagements, from handing her money to being passed the bouquets of flowers presented to her.

In 2001, Lady Susan passed the Queen a pound coin so she could buy The Big Issue from a magazine seller while on an official day trip to Brighton.

Lady Susan (left) is the godmother of Prince William. Credit: PA

She has also been present at unique moments in history - such as on the Spirit of Chartwell barge with the Queen and other members of the Royal Family for the Diamond Jubilee river pageant on the Thames in 2012.

The Queen’s ladies-in-waiting often served her for more than 50 years and acted as both friends and loyal assistants.

Their discretion and support was considered invaluable as they operated in the background.