Prince William once again demonstrated that his late mother, Princess Diana, had a profound influence on him, when he broke royal protocol during one of his most recent official visits.
The Duke of Cambridge visited victims of the Grenfell Tower tragedy last week. The Prince was joined by his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, in an
emotional, unplanned trip to meet with the families of victims and some
of the emergency service workers who were on hand when the inferno
But in a surprise break from tradition, William hugged a sobbing woman who
recounted her personal story of the horrific events. She told the Prince of her desperate plight to find her husband who
was last known to be trapped in an elevator during the fire. Moved by her story Willam embraced the woman in a bid to comfort her. Historically, public contact with royal family members is limited to handshakes only, but the Duke clearly felt overwhelmed to show more compassion.
Prince Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have made a donation to the Evening Standard’s Dispossessed Fund. The fund is to help those affected by the fire, many of which have now lost their homes and all of their possessions.
A spokesperson for the three royals from Kensington Palace said: “The tragedy at Grenfell Tower has left a number of local people in need of urgent assistance. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry are pleased the Evening Standard’s Dispossessed Fund has immediately swung into action. As residents of the local area they are keen to offer their immediate support.”
Metropolitan police commander Stuart Cundy has warned that the public should prepare for the ‘awful reality’ that many victims of the fire may never be identified.
He said: “I believe there may be people who were in Grenfell Tower that people may not know are missing and may not have realised they were in there on the night. Equally, there may be people who thankfully managed to escape the fire and for whatever reason have not let their family and friends know that they are safe.”
This comes as it was announced that the death toll has now increased to 79 but many speculate that this number will continue to rise. Many people
are still suffering with injuries, 18 people are still in hospital and
nine are in critical care.