Lady Susan Hussey is the long-standing royal courtier who recently resigned in a racism row after allegedly asking a black woman where her people came from at a Buckingham Palace event. She’s godmother to Prince William and was one of Queen Elizabeth II’s most trusted confidantes.
The 83-year-old was hired as a Lady-in-Waiting in 1960 and took charge of the monarch’s correspondence. She is a steadfast royal family member who was also a friend of the late Princess Diana. Her unpaid position requires her to attend formal events, manage the Queen’s schedule and other duties.
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Aside from the Queen, she is known to help other senior members of the Royal family as well. She is often seen at charity events and even at the annual Trooping of the Colour parade. The aide is also an active supporter of the British monarchy’s charitable activities.
In addition to charity, she is a keen sportswoman and loves horses. In fact, she has won several riding competitions over the years. She also enjoys reading and spending time with her pets. As for her personal life, she has been married twice. Her first husband was World War II veteran Marmaduke Hussey, Baron Hussey of North Bradley, who died in 2006. After he passed away, she wed Sir Edward Spears in 1986. The pair had two children together.
As a longtime royal courtier, she is often tasked with giving Meghan Markle protocol lessons and has been described as a’relic from another era’ by a palace source. She was also reportedly responsible for giving the duchess of Sussex her first dress fitting.
Although the position of Lady-in-Waiting is unpaid, it is a huge honor in aristocratic circles. Prince Charles’ former butler Grant Harrold told Insider that the role is “one of the most prestigious” in the country. He adds that it is bestowed on women who are wealthy enough to afford the honor of being a part of the queen’s inner circle.
Lady Susan is a granddaughter of Geoffrey Waldegrave, 12th Earl Waldegrave and Mary Hermione, Countess of Hartington. She is a great-grandmother of Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie and is the daughter of Marmaduke Lord Hussey, who was chairman of the BBC for 10 years until his death in 2006.
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Hussey’s honorary role as a Lady of the Household allows her to assist King Charles III at official events. Her daughter, Lady Katharine Brooke, was recently appointed one of Camilla’s new Queen’s Companions and will follow in her footsteps as a trusted royal aide. As for her own net worth, Lady Susan has a modest figure with an estimated value of around $1 million. Her husband, who was a prominent BBC board member, left her his estate after his death in 2006. She lives with her family at their home in England. Her daughter and son are both involved in the fashion industry. In addition, she is a good friend of Queen Margrethe of Denmark and attended her Cop27 reception in Egypt this month.