Prince William is facing criticism after making an offhand remark about Russia's invasion of Ukraine during his latest public engagement.
- Prince William has received strong backlash for his recent comment on Russia's invasion of Ukraine, with some critics even accusing the future King of racism.
- The Duke of Cambridge called the crisis in Ukraine 'alien' to Europe during a visit to the Ukrainian Cultural Center yesterday afternoon, despite the fact that the continent has endured war multiple times throughout history.
- In other royal news, Princess Diana’s wedding dress left designer feeling ‘faint’ with ‘horror’ on the big day.
Prince William has been criticized for an 'offensive' comment he made about Russia's invasion of Ukraine, in which he expressed dismay that such a situation could occur in Europe.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the Ukrainian Cultural Center in London on Wednesday, to show their support for the war-torn country and to help volunteers pack donations for the people affected by the conflict. They also brought a tray of homemade brownies and granola bars from Kensington Palace for their hosts to enjoy during the busy shift.
The engagement comes nearly three weeks after President Putin launched a vicious attack on Ukraine, which the UN claims has now killed at least 406 Ukrainian citizens and forced another 2 million to flee the country.
"It's very alien to see this in Europe," William told the volunteers yesterday afternoon. "We are all behind you."
Over the past two weeks, communities and organisations here in the UK have come together to provide vital support to Ukrainians here in Britain and across Europe. (1/4) pic.twitter.com/Smpt48X5ogMarch 9, 2022
Many people have since condemned the 39-year-old's comments, with some even accusing him of failing to understand the history of British colonialism in Europe.
“How do you have a 1,000-year history of colonialism, a literal 100-year war, launch 2 World Wars, allow multiple genocides, & bomb a dozen nations since 9/11 alone—yet make this type of a statement,” human rights lawyer Qasim Rashid asked.
Others have called Prince William 'racist' for suggesting there's a difference between bloodsheds in Europe and other continents, like Africa or Asia.
"Prince William’s comments are deeply offensive. He must apologize. This future King of England parrots racist rhetoric shamelessly," said British-Nigerian lawyer, Dr. Shola Mos-Shogbamimu.
Prince William’s comments are deeply offensive. He must apologiseThis future King of England parrots racist rhetoric shamelesslyHis caucacity after public backlash at Western media humanising White pain while dehumanising Black/Brown pain in #UkraineWar is a slap to our faces https://t.co/2oR1weXASrMarch 9, 2022
Omid Scobie, the co-author of Meghan and Harry's biography, Finding Freedom, admitted he is 'unsurprised' by the negative response to Prince William's 'ignorant remark.'
"Europe has seen some of the bloodiest conflict in the past two centuries—Balkans, Yugoslavia, Germany, and Kosovo to name a few," the royal editor wrote on Twitter. "But sure, let's normalize war and death in Africa and Asia."
Unsurprised to see backlash against Prince William's ignorant remark (reported by @PA). Europe has seen some of the bloodiest conflict in the past two centuries—Balkans, Yugoslavia, Germany and Kosovo to name a few. But sure, let's normalise war and death in Africa and Asia. pic.twitter.com/49xYzFOyBKMarch 9, 2022
In the same conversation, Prince William admitted he and Kate feel ‘useless’ amid the ongoing crisis. He also said that their two older children, George and Charlotte, have been asking questions about Ukraine after they come home from school.
Emma is a news writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life. She covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health or lifestyle story. When she's not reporting on the British monarchy and A-list celebs, you can find her whipping up vegan treats and running the roads to cheesy '90s pop music...but not at the same time, obviously.
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