Prince William met with survivors and bereaved families ahead of the sixth Grenfell anniversary (Pictures: Reuters/PA/Getty)
Grenfell survivors and bereaved families said Prince William was ‘very passionate and adamant’ about them getting justice.
The Prince of Wales visited Championship football club Queens Park Rangers (QPR) on Friday, to hear how it supported those devastated by the nearby Grenfell Tower going up in flames on June 14, in 2017.
William sat in the stands of the sports ground, in Shepherd’s Bush, west London, and met several people, including 29-year-old Paul Menacer, who managed to survive the tragedy which claimed 72 lives.
Paul said: ‘I think the most important thing from it is the fact that he’s very adamant and very passionate about us as bereaved survivors getting justice – which I think is very very important.
‘The fact that we have someone in his position that is still wanting the justice and fight for us, and he made that perfectly clear to us as well that he hoped we can all get our own closures in our own sort of similar ways.’
Similarly, 37-year-old Karim Mussilhy, who lost his uncle in the blaze, said: ‘I feel like William understands the pain and the suffering this community has gone through and I also sense a little bit of frustration from him sitting in front of us yet again but not really talking about any positive changes.’
Ahead of Grenfell’s sixth anniversary coming up, Karim told how his young children, who accompanied him to the fire site on the day, have been affected.
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William was presented a shirt by Grenfell survivors and those who had lost loved ones (Picture: PA)
William met with those affected by the fire in the stands of the football ground (Picture: Reuters)
William was told how much the club supported the Grenfell community (Picture: Reuters)
His daughter now needs to know the escape routes from buildings and his son has developed a stutter.
A few months after the blaze, a charity football match called Game 4 Grenfell took place, with QPR’s director of football Les Ferdinand managing a side which took on fellow former England striker Alan Shearer’s players.
Paul played in this game and then went on to mastermind the Grenfell Memorial Cup – a football event staged for the past two years.
Paul hopes the game will become a permanent fixture and invited William to join in next year, while gifting him a QPR shirt featuring the green Grenfell heart commemorating those who died.
William, president of the Football Association, said: ‘You don’t want to see me play – it’s not a pretty sight.