Prince William received a ton of backlash after he said it was weird to see a war break out in Europe — Russia invaded Ukraine and the two countries have been at war for two weeks — as opposed to watching it happen in Asia and Africa.
While at the Ukrainian Cultural Centre in London on March 9, William said, "Everyone is horrified by what they are seeing. The news every day, it's almost unfathomable to actually witness it, to see it. For our generation, it's very alien to see this in Europe. We're all right behind you."
Of course, people were disgusted with his remarks, taking to social media to vent about what they had just heard.
“The war and bloodshed were initiated by his family,” editor Snehesh Alex Philip wrote. “In India, they looted and plundered even as [many people] died of famine and their torture. The subcontinent still faces violence thanks to the seed they sowed before leaving. Such a racist comment by Prince William.”
CNN anchor Jake Tapper responded to an article and posted a photo of Edward, the Duke of Windsor, and his wife, Wallis Simpson, who met with Adolf Hitler in Germany in 1937. "Read a book about your own family, dude," he wrote.
Bernice King, daughter of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. added, “European 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.”
But Robert Jobson believes William's statement “has been taken out of context.”
“I am sure he didn’t mean it to be racist," Jobson said. “Perhaps he was simply trying to say, albeit clumsily, that this war in Ukraine feels very close to home, as he was only a small child when the Bosnia conflict started and this is perhaps his first experience of such terrible conflict happening in Europe during his adulthood.”