The world has been shaken by the tragic crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, which was reportedly shot down over Ukraine on Thursday. Prince William has joined the public figures across the globe to share his heartfelt condolences.
The royal expressed his sadness for the loss of 298 lives during a speech at an event at Australia House in London on Friday, July 18.
“I know that I speak for all of us here when I acknowledge our deep sadness following yesterday’s disaster in the Ukraine,” the Duke of Cambridge began. “For all of us who’ve lost fellow countrymen and women in the tragedy, words cannot do justice to our sense of loss.”
The prince went on to describe the ironic timing of crash, given that it happened just a few months after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared.
“For Australians and for our Malaysian brothers and sisters in the Commonwealth, the crash is a particularly cruel tragedy, coming so soon after the loss of MH370,” he said. “Please be assured of my family’s thoughts and prayers at this time.”
While the world has been left deeply saddened by the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, the suspected political fallout is still looming.
Along with the Duke of Cambridge, Australian High Commissioner Alexander Downer appeared at the event and addressed the loss of Australian and British lives during the incident.
“As you all know, Australia and Great Britain have been [brought] together through centuries by huge events, some triumphant, others tragic,” he said. “And today we acknowledge that we’re yet again bound together, this time by tragedy — 27 Australians and nine Britons have reportedly died as a result of the destruction of the Malaysian aircraft over Ukraine. Let us take a moment of silence to reflect on this tragedy.”