Harry calls strength of London ‘magic’ as he offers support for fire survivors
The prince was speaking during a visit to Borough Market, which has reopened after the terror attack earlier this month.
Prince Harry has praised the resilience and spirit of London as he offered his condolences to the victims of the devastating tower block fire.
Harry’s words of support came as he visited London’s Borough Market to encourage visitors to return to the popular tourist attraction, which reopened on Wednesday after the harrowing attack by knife-wielding terrorists.
Fruit and vegetable trader Paul Wheeler chatted to the prince and told him how he and other traders were sending boxes of produce and other donated goods to families made homeless by the blaze at Grenfell Tower in west London that has so far claimed 17 lives.
He said after meeting the prince: “Harry said ‘those poor people, our thoughts go out to them’.”
Harry’s words echoed those of the Queen, who said in a message of support that her “thoughts and prayers are with those families who have lost loved ones in the Grenfell Tower fire and the many people who are still critically ill in hospital”.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Harry have made an undisclosed donation to an appeal fund supporting the survivors of the fire.
The royal trio have given money to the Evening Standard’s emergency appeal for the Dispossessed Fund and a Kensington Palace spokesman said: “As residents of the local area, they are keen to offer their immediate support.”
Earlier this month, Borough Market’s traders and visitors were the target of the knife-wielding attackers, who first mowed down pedestrians on nearby London Bridge before running amok in the streets filled with pubs, market stalls and restaurants.
The prince stopped at the Bread Ahead bakery, where staff tried to fight off the attackers who had targeted two women, and also sheltered members of the public.
Prince Harry meets Matt Jones from Bread Ahead. His staff protected members of the public on the night of the attacks. pic.twitter.com/E6aPlHa8jX— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) June 15, 2017
Owner Matt Jones told the royal visitor the attack “was a horrible thing”, and Harry replied: “The strength of this community and London as a whole is magic.”