News | Entertainment
29 Jan 2022 21:24
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
     29 Jan: Tom Brady's family are his "biggest supporters"
     29 Jan: Dua Lipa believes hard work is the key to her success
     29 Jan: Romee Strijd is engaged to Laurens Van Leeuwen
     29 Jan: Rihanna's foundation has donated $15 million to climate justice
     29 Jan: The Duchess of Cornwall dreams of living in a society in which women are "free from fear"
     29 Jan: Kristen Stewart still hasn't set a date for her wedding
     29 Jan: Katie Price wants to transform her reputation through her new TV series 'Mucky Mansion'
     Top Stories

    RUGBY RUGBY
    Former New Zealand Rugby president David Rhodes has died aged 71 More...


    BUSINESS BUSINESS
    Properties around Auckland's light rail line are likely to face a value capture tax More...



     Today's News

    Living & Travel:
    Someone has won $21 million in tonight's Lotto draw - made up of Division One's million and Powerball's $20 million 21:12

    Entertainment:
    Tom Brady's family are his "biggest supporters" 20:54

    Law and Order:
    Alleged Nicolás Maduro co-conspirator Cliver Alcalá says CIA knew about Venezuelan coup plans 20:42

    Entertainment:
    Dua Lipa believes hard work is the key to her success 20:24

    Entertainment:
    Romee Strijd is engaged to Laurens Van Leeuwen 19:54

    Entertainment:
    Rihanna's foundation has donated $15 million to climate justice 19:24

    International:
    President Joe Biden to deploy US troops 'in the near term' as Pentagon warns of Putin's full range of military options in Ukraine 19:02

    Law and Order:
    A give a little page to support the family of a Colombian woman killed in Christchurch has raised more than $27,000 19:02

    Entertainment:
    The Duchess of Cornwall dreams of living in a society in which women are "free from fear" 18:54

    Tennis:
    Danielle Collins is prepared to take on Ash Barty's dangerous slice and serve 18:32


     News Search






    Power Search


    © 2022 New Zealand City Ltd