'Does Queen need protection?' William & Kate hit with awkward Harry question as row erupts

 

KATE, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William were asked a question regarding Prince Harry’s recent interview during their latest joint engagement.The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge showed their unwavering support for Ukraine as they visited the headquarters of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) in London. Kate and Prince William’s visit put the spotlight once again on the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, as they discussed the special appeal launched by the Committee last month to support those affected by the conflict raging in the eastern European country.
The war started on February 24 following the invasion of the country by Russian troops ordered by President Vladimir Putin.

 

'Does Queen need protection?' William & Kate hit with awkward Harry question as row erupts

However, this engagement was clouded by the recent remarks made by Prince Harry in an interview with NBC’s Today host Hoda Kotb.Speaking from The Hague, where he is taking part in the Invictus Games, the Duke said he is ensuring the Queen is “protected” and surrounded by the “right people”.These remarks sparked criticism among commentators, with some arguing they were offensive towards the Royal Family and the Queen’s staff.During the interview, Prince Harry also awkwardly avoided answering whether he is missing his brother William and father Charles now that he lives miles away from them in California.As Kate and William were leaving the DEC headquarters, one female broadcaster shouted a question to the Duke.She said: “Sir, does the Queen need protecting?”

 

 

'Does Queen need protection?' William & Kate hit with awkward Harry question as row erupts

Neither the Duke nor the Duchess responded and continued into the vehicle before being driven away.Kate and William’s joint engagement was aimed at putting the spotlight on the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine and the relentless work carried out by charities on the ground.For this visit, Prince William donned a smart casual outfit with a pair of black trousers, a pale blue shirt and a jacket.Kate dazzled in a pair of black trousers and a white shirt and completed her look with a pair of black heels and a beige jacket.They both wore pins bearing the colours of the Ukrainian flag.Royal fans were sent into a frenzy by the Duke and Duchess’ public appearance and celebrated their poise.

 

'Does Queen need protection?' William & Kate hit with awkward Harry question as row erupts

One Twitter user, @l_glencora, wrote: “Lovely to see such professionals at work.”And another, @CardellaDelaney, wrote: “I love the way Catherine bosses it around in heels xx”.While at the centre, the Duke and Duchess had the chance to speak with aid workers who recently returned from Ukraine, where they helped provide food, water, shelter and medical assistance to those affected by the war.Moreover, they took part in a conference call with aid workers currently on the ground in Ukraine.The Duke and Duchess asked questions to learn more about the issues the aid workers face on a daily basis as they try to provide support to the most vulnerable as well as the impact the war is having on the local population and the neighbouring countries.
They also discussed how the donations made to the appeal are providing help.

 

'Does Queen need protection?' William & Kate hit with awkward Harry question as row erupts

Their conversations with experts on the field also touched on how the tragic events unfolding in Ukraine threaten to exacerbate already existing humanitarian crises elsewhere in the world.More than 11 million people have so far fled their homes and escaped either abroad or elsewhere in Ukraine to find refuge from the war.The DEC appeal has raised more than £300 million over the past few weeks.Among the people who donated to this appeal, there has also been the Queen, as the Committee itself revealed last month. Today’s engagement by Kate and William comes after they met in March DEC CEO Saleh Saeed, who joined them during a visit to the Ukrainian Cultural Centre in London.In February, the Duke and Duchess also expressed their support to Ukraine in the light of the aggression it is enduring by sharing a statement in which they recalled their meeting with Volodymyr and Olena Zelensky at Buckingham Palace in 2020.

 

 

The Cambridges aren’t the only members of the Royal Family to have lent their support to Ukraine.Prince Charles has condemned on multiple occasions Putin’s invasion, branding it a “brutal aggression”.Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have also spoken out about the conflict.First, they issued a brief statement via their organisation’s website – Archewell – which read: “Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and all of us at Archewell stand with the people of Ukraine against this breach of international and humanitarian law and encourage the global community and its leaders to do the same.”In mid-March, their non-profit foundation made donations to a number of organizations working on the ground to support the people of Ukraine.And throughout the Invictus Games, currently taking place at The Hague, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have made sure to put the spotlight on the Ukrainian team, which includes service personnel who have taken active part in the conflict.

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