Princess Kate and Prince William 'concerned about rise in anti-Semitism'

Prince William and Princess Kate

Prince William and Princess Kate both concerned about anti-Semitism

Dorothy Reddin

By Dorothy Reddin

Published: 29/02/2024

- 13:22

Updated: 29/02/2024

- 13:23

The Prince of Wales returned to royal duties today

  • Prince William has said he and Princess Kate are "concerned about rise in anti-Semitism"
  • The Prince of Wales did not attend King Constantine's memorial service earlier this week
  • No reasons or details were given as to why William pulled out at the last minute

Prince William has said he and the Princess of Wales are "concerned about the rise in anti-Semitism" during his return to royal duties today.

This outing came two days after the Prince of Wales pulled out of attending the memorial service for King Constantine of Greece.

During a visit to the Western Marble Arch Synagogue in London today, William, 41, joined a conversation with young ambassadors of the Holocaust Educational Trust.

He said: “Anti-Semitism has no place in society. Prejudice has no place in society.

Prince William

Prince William visits the Western Marble Arch Synagogue


"I've said it before and I'll say it again. I want you all to know you can talk about it and your experiences. Both Catherine and I are extremely concerned about the rise in anti-Semitism that you guys have talked about this morning and I'm just so sorry if any of you have had to experience that.

"That's why I'm here today to reassure you all that people do care and people do listen and we can't let that go.”

This follows a reported rise in anti-Semitic attacks in the UK, following the October 7 attacks on Israel from Hamas.

In October 2023, the royal couple issued the following statement: “The Prince and Princess of Wales are profoundly distressed by the devastating events that have unfolded in the past days.

Prince William

Prince William visited a synagogue in Marble Arch today


“The horrors inflicted by Hamas’s terrorist attack upon Israel are appalling; they utterly condemn them.

"As Israel exercises its right of self-defence, all Israelis and Palestinians will continue to be stalked by grief, fear and anger in the time to come.”

Today's outing came two days after King Constantine's memorial service, where William was due to give a reading as the late monarch's godson.

However, the prince pulled out of attending just before the service, citing a personal matter as his reason.

Prince William

Prince William could be seen wearing a yarmulke, a cap traditionally worn by Jewish males


Prince William

Prince William issued a statement after the October 7 attacks condemning Hamas


William contacted the Greek Royal Family to let them know ahead of time.

Kensington Palace also gave a brief update about the Princess of Wales's health, who underwent surgery last month.

Along with confirming that William would not be attending the memorial service, the Palace added that Kate is "doing well" as she continues to recuperate.

Prince William is thought to be taking care of the Princess of Wales at Adelaide Cottage, their home in Windsor.

However, he is sporadically undertaking royal duties as Kate continues her recovery.

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