Royal protocol has historically enforced that physical engagement with a royal family member can only be done so with a handshake. Prince William recently broke this protocol after he was photographed hugging a grieving victim of the horrific London Fire, which as of today has a death toll of over 75 people.
Prince William was seen embracing an emotional woman who had been unable to locate her husband after the inferno. Her husband had been trapped inside an elevator in the building at the time of the fire.
The embrace came during an emotional visit to meet with families, victims and rescue workers by Queen Elizabeth II and Prince William.
The Grenfell Tower tragedy has a death toll of over 75 people so far. This number continues to rise as rescue workers dig through the remains of the building.
The image of Prince William hugging a heartbroken woman as she sobs into his arms mirrors how most of England’s citizens are feeling at the moment.
The woman in question is Fatima Jafari, a 78-year-old woman who has been unable to find her husband, 82-year-old Ali Yawra Jafari.
The embrace shows a compassionate Prince William disregarding typical royal protocol in the face of devastation and heartbreak.
Fatima’s daughter, 38-year-old Maria, explained what happened when they lost their father.
“She told me she and my father had got stuck in the lift on the 10th floor. She couldn’t breathe because of the smoke. Someone carried her out and she lost him,” Maria said.
“Fatima has been inconsolable. She has not stopped crying. The prince saw her in tears and went over to comfort her,” a family friend told the Mirror.
“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’.”
Prince William and Queen Elizabeth took an unannounced tour of the scene. They also visited the Westway Sports Center where many rescue workers and victims have congregated.
They met with first responders, rescue workers, community representatives, local residents and victims of the devastating blaze.
Prince William, Princess Kate, and Prince Harry have also made donations to a fund which has been created to help the victims of the tragedy.
“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,” said a Kensington Palace spokesman.
“As residents of the local area they are keen to offer their immediate support,” the spokesman continued.
Volunteers at the sports center have done everything in their power to make the people made homeless by the fire comfortable.
Met Police Commander Stuart Cundy explains that it may take weeks to find all those who are missing and that it may even take longer than that.
“There are 58 who we have been told were in Grenfell Tower on the night who are missing and, sadly, I have to presume are dead. That number may change. I really hope it won’t. But it may increase,” he said.