Prince William was recently seen in Leeds, and his trip served a special purpose! As Hello! shares, Tuesday saw the Duke of Cambridge engage with Afghan refugees and honour a youth charity during his time in the city.
Prince William says that refugees "have a bright future"
Prince William first had the opportunity to talk to those who fled Afghanistan and sought refuge in the United Kingdom. "We were trying to get out of the country because our lives have been torn to shreds," Haroom Shahab, a former Kabul firefighter, told the royal. He commented on how trying to leave the country was "very hard for us," explaining that he and his family had to wait over a day to board a plane.
Shahab admitted that while their life has now improved, he is still "worried for my colleagues left behind." The Duke of Cambridge offered words of encouragement and support to the refugee families he spoke with. "The most important thing is that you are safe now," he said. "You have a bright future." William also heard about the various ways people in Leeds have extended aid to refugees, from donating essential goods to providing housing and various forms of care.
Prince William then headed over to Harehills, where he spent some time at a recreational youth charity called CATCH. The royal presented CATCH with a very special honour while he was there— the Queen's award! The Duke of Cambridge was also seen enjoying himself while participating in various activities, including a game of table tennis. He even had the opportunity to get up close with farm animals, feeding some goats while children watched!