Speaking to volunteers during a visit to the Ukrainian Cultural Centre in London, the royal triggered a backlash after it was reported by PA that he said it was "alien" to see wars in Europe given that there have been many wars and conflicts in the continents - including in his lifetime.
Here's how people reacted to allegations about his comments:
Prince William says conflict is \u201cvery alien\u201d to Europe, unlike Asia & Africa.\n\nHow do you have a 1000 year history of colonialism, a literal 100 year war, launch 2 World Wars, allow multiple genocides, & bomb a dozen nations since 9/11 alone\u2014yet make this type of a statement.pic.twitter.com/eIOJiFmkma
Horrific comment.\n\nEuropean people ran roughshod over the continent of Africa, pillaging communities, raping women, enslaving human beings, colonizing for profit and power, stealing resources, causing generational devastation. And European nations continue to harm Africa.https://twitter.com/nadine_writes/status/1501637351273074690\u00a0\u2026
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\u2014Balkans, Yugoslavia, Germany and Kosovo to name a few. But sure, let's normalise war and death in Africa and Asia.pic.twitter.com/49xYzFOyBK
Prince William\u2019s comments are deeply offensive. He must apologise\n\nThis future King of England parrots racist rhetoric shamelessly\n\nHis caucacity after public backlash at Western media humanising White pain while dehumanising Black/Brown pain in #UkraineWar is a slap to our faceshttps://twitter.com/nadine_writes/status/1501637351273074690\u00a0\u2026
— Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu (@Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu)
So after your ancestors Prince William, stole, colonized, caused genocide, on so many lands. You decided to make this statement. Your country was built on wars. Its literally your history. \n\nI wouldnt mind all the Caribbean countries just cancel your trip.https://twitter.com/Nadine_Writes/status/1501637351273074690\u00a0\u2026
— No Thanks. \ud83c\uddef\ud83c\uddf2 (@No Thanks. \ud83c\uddef\ud83c\uddf2)
The IRA set off bombs in London during Prince William's lifetime. \n\nThe Good Friday Agreement happened when William was 17.\n\nThe British military had troops deployed in Northern Ireland when William started his military carer at Sandhurst!https://twitter.com/Nadine_Writes/status/1501637351273074690\u00a0\u2026
Elsewhere on the visit, the Royals spoke about how they are explaining the conflict to their young children. "Ours have been coming home asking all about it," William said. "They are obviously talking about it with their friends at school."
He suggested he had found it difficult discussing some of it with his children, adding he had to "choose my words carefully to explain what is going on".
If only he had chosen his words carefully here, too.
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