The royal family would provide housing for Ukrainian families who were forced to flee their homeland.
The royals have vowed to “do their part” and are hosting refugees, but the family have “no wishes” for publicity, according to the Daily Express. Some 53,800 Ukrainian refugees have arrived in the UK under visa schemes, including the Homes for Ukraine scheme, which accounts for just over half of the number of visas granted.
A Buckingham Palace spokesperson told the Express: “We are helping in a number of ways but will not comment further.” It is unclear which members of the royal family are hosting refugees or where accommodation is being provided, with the palace being contacted for more information.
The palace was used to house royal refugees during World War II, with Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands as well as King Haakon of Norway and his son Prince Olaf staying there after fleeing the Nazis in 1940. The Prince of Wales said last month he hopes Britain welcomes Ukrainians, in a “moving” meeting with families who fled Vladimir Putin’s invasion. Charles made the comments on April 28 during a visit to the World Jewish Relief (WJR) charity in north London, which has sent food, money and medicine to the war-torn country .
Charles, a patron of the group since 2015, has made a financial contribution to its efforts although the sum has not been made public. Charles and Camilla met members of the Ukrainian community at an Ottawa cathedral during their tour of Canada earlier this week, with the Duchess of Cornwall telling a family who fled Lutsk and were forced to leave their father there- down to fight: “We are so behind you.”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, meanwhile, thanked the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in early March for expressing their solidarity with the people of his native country. The foreign leader said he was “grateful” to the couple who tweeted on February 27 that they stand with “the president and all the people of Ukraine as they bravely fight” for their future.
The reported royal accommodation of those fleeing the conflict comes days after the minister in charge of shelters for Ukraine called for the scheme to become a model for dealing with future refugee crises. Lord Harrington, who was recruited to run the program in March, told an audience in Westminster on Thursday: “My vision is for this system to be an integral part of government, so that when refugee crises occur – and unfortunately they do all the time – we have machinery.
He added: “We have a lot of goodwill, we have this machinery of government in place – it’s not perfect but it’s getting better every day – and I hope it becomes a permanent part of how this country treats refugees. ”
The scheme has however been criticized for the time it took for refugees to reach the UK and the fact that some Ukrainians have reportedly been left homeless after falling out with their hosts.
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