Prince William was recently criticised for controversial comments he made during a recent visit to The Ukrainian Cultural Centre. However now, new footage has emerged of what really down.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had recently visited the Ukrainian Cultural Centre in London on March 9, 2022, to show the United Kingdom’s support for Ukraine amidst the country’s ongoing war.
During the meeting, The Duke was heard making a number of controversial comments regarding the ongoing war in Ukraine, apparently saying it was the norm to see war in Africa, but not in the UK.
“It’s very alien to see this in Europe. We are all behind you,” Prince William was heard saying to a number of Cultural Centre volunteers.
However, the new footage has revealed what the Prince really said, proving the Prince’s remarks were vastly taken out of context.
The video shows Kate and William speaking with volunteers from the centre, where the Prince is heard expressing his upset at the “unfathomable” news of the war.
“Everyone is horrified by what they are seeing. It’s really horrifying. The news every day, it’s just, it’s almost unfathomable. For our generation, it’s very alien to see this in Europe,” the Prince is heard saying.
“We’re all right behind you. We’re thinking about you. We feel so useless.”
Royal correspondent, Richard Palmer, is responsible for the skewing of words, taking to Twitter to apologise for his inaccurate account of William’s statement.
“The Duke of Cambridge on war in Europe. He doesn’t appear to have compared it to conflicts in Africa and Asia. In the chaos, a remark he made was misheard, starting a social media storm. Apologies for reporting that online.”
The Prince had received global backlash for his ‘supposed’ comments, with many labelling his words as ignorant and racist.
The royal couple had made the visit to learn more about the Cultural Centre’s efforts to support Ukrainians living in the UK and across other parts of Europe.
The Duke and Duchess had donned blue colours and solidarity pins as they met with a number of organisational volunteers working to assist Ukrainian soldiers fighting in the war.