“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 founded by William to help entrepreneurs with solutions to climate change and environmental issues.
It is the first visit to the United States by the new prince and princess of Wales in eight years, and it may include a meeting with President Biden in Boston on Friday, where Mr. Biden is scheduled to attend Democratic fund-raisers.
“William’s role in this is key,” Mr. Hunt said. “They just don’t need this before his visit to the States.”
Last March, William and Catherine made a trouble-prone tour of the Caribbean, where Britain’s colonial legacy and calls for reparations dogged the couple at every stop. William spoke candidly about the stain of slavery.
“I want to express my profound sorrow,” the prince said at a dinner in Jamaica. “Slavery was abhorrent, and it should never have happened.”