News | Entertainment
21 Jan 2022 12:06
NZCity News
NZCity CalculatorReturn to NZCity

  • Start Page
  • Personalise
  • Days of Xmas
  • Sport
  • Weather
  • Finance
  • Shopping
  • Jobs
  • Horoscopes
  • Lotto Results
  • Photo Gallery
  • Site Gallery
  • TVNow
  • Dating
  • SearchNZ
  • NZSearch
  • Crime.co.nz
  • RugbyLeague
  • Make Home
  • About NZCity
  • Contact NZCity
  • Your Privacy
  • Advertising
  • Login
  • Join for Free

  •   Home > News > Entertainment

    Prince William has told refugees they "couldn’t be more welcome here”

    The Duke of Cambridge welcomed Afghans who fled the Taliban - who took control of the government earlier this year after the US and UK forces withdrew from a two-decade occupation - after they helped the British government in their military campaign in the country


    The 39-year-old royal - while speaking at a hotel in Leeds, whose details were not disclosed for safety reasons and capacity for 175 refugees - said: “The most important thing is that you are safe now. You have a bright future.”

    He added: “You couldn’t be more welcome. Thank you for all you have done.”

    The message was met cheers and a round of applause, and William then moved on to chat to two families who were lucky enough to escape Kabul in September, including married couple Haroom Shahab, 33, and Zehra Akbart, 28, who shared how they waited 28 hours at the airport to get a flight out.

    Zehra recalled seeing countless “desperate” people fail to get on planes leaving the country after their lives were “torn to shreds”.

    She told William: "They were running, they were desperate, in front of the oncoming aircraft. That was very hard for us. We were trying to get out of the country because our lives has been torn to shreds.”

    Haroom shared how getting to the UK meant they “would be safe” from the oppressive regime currently enacted in Afghanistan - who were targeting anyone “with a link” to the NATO operation in the area.

    He added: “When we got to the UK we finally knew we would be safe. The Taliban are killing people without compassion – policemen and their families just gunned down. Anyone with a link to British or NATO forces or government.”

    William responded: “It must be very difficult trying to build your new life here while you are so worried about them.”

    Hussain Saeedi Samagan - a 38-year-old ex-political secretary at the British Embassy who came to the country with his ex-newspaper editor wife Masooma, 31, and their two sons Daniel, 10, and Arian, one - said he felt welcome in Yorkshire.

    William then asked he thought the Taliban would less severe at this stage, -after years away from government.

    Hussain doubted this, telling the prince: “No. We know what the Taliban wants, we know they have not changed and that we couldn’t trust them.”

    He then told the second-in-line for the throne: “We are settling in well, we are making friends. Daniel said to me this morning he had made

    11 friends at school.”

    To which William said: “11 friends? You have than I have.”

    © 2022 Bang Showbiz, NZCity

     Other Entertainment News
     21 Jan: Brian Cox thinks Jeremy Strong put himself in a "very, very vulnerable position" with his viral New Yorker profile
     21 Jan: Zoe Saldana is "proud" of Britney Spears for "stepping up for herself"
     21 Jan: Cardi B will pay for the funeral costs of those who died in a fire in her hometown of The Bronx
     21 Jan: Anna Wintour has paid tribute to André Leon Talley following on from his death
     21 Jan: Jason Momoa and Lisa Bonet "want to explore other things" following their split
     21 Jan: Joss Whedon has claimed Gal Gadot misunderstood him on set
     21 Jan: The Grammy Awards have been rescheduled for April 3 in Las Vegas
     Top Stories

    RUGBY RUGBY
    Alice Robinson's team is happy with the skier's first foray into World Cup level downhill racing More...


    BUSINESS BUSINESS
    The Government is being commended for its plans to avoid a full lockdown when Omicron strikes More...



     Today's News

    Accident and Emergency:
    Reports an aircraft had crashed north of Whangamata on the Coromandel Peninsula this morning have been dismissed ... with police saying it was a top dressing plane 11:52

    Law and Order:
    Aggressive behaviour towards security staff on Wellington's Paremata Bridge has put an end on safety patrols in the area 11:52

    Entertainment:
    Brian Cox thinks Jeremy Strong put himself in a "very, very vulnerable position" with his viral New Yorker profile 11:46

    International:
    Ukraine asks Australia for more 'technical assistance' to combat increasing Russian cyber attacks 11:32

    Golf:
    Golfer Danny Lee is three-under par late in his first round at the latest US PGA Tour event in California 11:32

    Entertainment:
    Zoe Saldana is "proud" of Britney Spears for "stepping up for herself" 11:16

    Law and Order:
    The Loop: WA's not opening the border after all, Daniil Medvedev takes aim at 'low IQ' tennis fans, Russia considers ban on crypto and US police are hunting... the Joker? 11:12

    Soccer:
    A brace of goals from Diogo Jota has powered Liverpool into the English League Cup football final against Chelsea 11:02

    Rugby:
    Alice Robinson's team is happy with the skier's first foray into World Cup level downhill racing 10:52

    Entertainment:
    Cardi B will pay for the funeral costs of those who died in a fire in her hometown of The Bronx 10:46


     News Search






    Power Search


    © 2022 New Zealand City Ltd