Prince William hugs Grenfell Tower survivor who lost husband in a lift during deadly blaze
Prince William was photographed hugging an distraught survivor of the Grenfell Tower blaze.
The Duke of Cambridge comforted Fatima Jafari, who is still searching for her husband Ali Yawar Jafari.
Mr Jafari has not been seen since he became trapped in a lift as he tried to escape the burning building.
During a visit to the Westway Sports Centre, which is currently being used as a rescue shelter, Prince William said the inferno was “one of the most terrible things” he had ever seen.
Mrs Jafari’s daughter Maria explained that she felt guilty for not being able to save her father in the blaze.
Both her and her mother went outside their flat to investigate the seriousness of the fire, leaving Mr Jafari sleeping inside.
However, their home became engulfed with flames only a few seconds later.
A friend of Mrs Jafari’s family said: “The prince saw her in tears and went over to comfort her.
“A council worker explained to him what had happened and he told Fatima he would do everything he could to find her husband. She keeps saying, ‘I am nobody, but the Queen and future King of this country came to see me. They really care’.”
The Prime Minister has faced fierce criticism for not meeting those affected by the blaze sooner.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, London mayor Sadiq Khan, Prince William and the Queen have all visited the local area.
Police have revealed the number of people missing and presumed dead in the Grenfell Tower fire has risen to 58.
Grenfell Tower provided social housing for roughly 600 people.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK
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