Graham Norton skewered the Royal family after it emerged that Lady Susan Hussey, who was a close friend of the Queen’s, made racist comments.
Prince William’s godmother reportedly continuously asked where Sistah Space chief executive Ngozi Fulani where she was ‘really from’ at an event focused on preventing violence against women.
The 83-year-old was forced to resign as a royal aide at Buckingham Palace, which said in a statement that the comments were ‘unacceptable and deeply regrettable.’
On Friday’s The Graham Norton Show, the Eurovision commentator, 59, mocked the former lady-in-waiting to the late Queen Elizabeth II in his opening monologue, with a joke aimed squarely at the scandal.
The host kicked off the talk show with a picture of Prince William and Kate Middleton attending an NBA basketball game between the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat on Thursday.
Gesturing to the picture of the match, during which the couple were booed amid the Lady Susan Hussey race row, Norton said: ‘I couldn’t be more thrilled and fascinated if I were Prince William looking at a basketball.
‘Has he never seen one before,’ Norton joked as Prince William looked more than a little baffled, ‘It’s like his godmother talking to a Black person.’
Norton isn’t the only TV star to have shared his views on the outrage this week, with Professor Kehinde Andrews appearing on Thursday’s Good Morning Britain to express his shock.
He emphasised how the question of ‘where are you from’ is something he’s experienced ‘a lot’, as someone who’s Black and has an African name.
‘This was obviously a person who did something problematic, but it goes to the core of what the institution is,’ he said.
‘It tells you there is a culture which accepts these kinds of conversations and unfortunately like I said, what can King Charles do other than abdicate to actually deal with the issue of racism, honestly? The royal family is so tied into colonial nostalgia, the King is still the head of state in places like Jamaica.
‘Sometimes you just have to say, there are some institutions which are so deeply connected to white supremacy and racism, there’s nothing they can do but abolish themselves if they’re serious about anti-racism.’
The Graham Norton Show continues on BBC One on Friday at 10.55pm.