Royal family secretly hosts Ukrainian refugees to ‘do their bit’, sources claim

The royal family has been secretly hosting Ukrainian refugees who have fled their country since the Russian invasion and are reportedly “doing their bit” to help, sources claim

The royal family is "does his part" for refugees from Ukraine, a royal source said
The royal family is “doing its bit” for refugees from Ukraine, a royal source said

Royals have been hosting Ukrainian refugees and making cash donations to support humanitarian efforts, but wanted to do so without publicity, a source said.

The Russian invasion has caused millions of Ukrainians to flee their country and some to be taken in by families in Britain.

Discreetly, a number of royals vowed to “do their bit” and came forward after being deeply moved by the plight of the Ukrainian people, the reported Daily express.

They now provide shelter to a number of families who have had to flee their homes.

Sources said members of the royal family had been helping to house refugees, but the outlet was told there was a “strong desire” not to advertise as the royals wanted to keep their post private.

The royals wanted to help but without making it public, sources said


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Members of the royal family have also made extensive monetary donations and publicly supported charity appeals.

They joined politicians, business leaders and thousands of others in offering to house some of the six million Ukrainians fleeing Russian invaders in Europe’s worst conflict since World War II.

Almost 54,000 have arrived in the UK on government programs.

Royals are working on projects behind the scenes but Buckingham Palace, which had said the royal household was looking for practical help, declined to elaborate, it said.

A spokesman said: “We are helping in a number of ways.”

Almost 54,000 refugees have arrived in the UK under government programmes


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The aid comes after donations from the Queen, Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to the Ukraine Appeal, which is being conducted by the Disaster Emergency Committee.

This coalition of 15 UK charities has raised more than £300m.

The Queen has also shown her support for Ukraine in more subtle ways, wearing the country’s yellow and blue and ordering floral arrangements in the colors of Windsor Castle.

A senior royal source told the Express: “These things don’t happen by accident.”

The royals have also made monetary donations to the humanitarian effort


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Less inhibited than the monarch, Charles, Camilla, William and Kate have all spoken out against Russian aggression and pledged their support for Ukraine’s struggle in meetings with Ukrainians.

The Queen’s cousin, Prince Michael of Kent, returned his Russian honour, the Order of Friendship, in protest.

Charles and Camilla met with Ukrainian refugees in Ottawa this week, where she told a family who had left their father fighting: “We are so behind you. We’re so worried about you.”

Reverend Volodymyr Kouchnir, dean of St. Sophie’s Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in Montreal, commended the royal family for their support, telling Charles and Camilla, “We are sincerely grateful to the royal family, to Her Majesty and to you personally.”

Visiting the Ukrainian Cultural Center in London in March, Prince William said: “It’s very alien to our generation to see this in Europe. we stand behind you We think of you.”

Charles and Camilla met Ukrainian refugees in Canada


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He commended the people of Ukraine for their spirit and told the volunteers who sent help: “We’ve seen a lot of this Ukrainian spirit.”

William and Kate also offered to use their Royal Foundation to support Ukrainians with mental health issues after witnessing the war.

They said: “In October 2020 we had the privilege of meeting President Zelenskyy and the First Lady to hear of their hope and optimism. We stand with the President and all the people of Ukraine as they bravely fight for that future.”

In their support for refugees and the war effort, the Queen and her family are echoing the Windsors’ approach during the Second World War.

Millions of Ukrainians have had to flee their country since the Russian invasion


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Royal biographer Robert Hardman, in his latest biography of the monarch, the Queen of Our Time, notes that young evacuees from London’s East End were housed in houses on the royal estate at Windsor and invited some children to tea and dance lessons with the youngsters became Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret.

In addition, Buckingham Palace became a royal refugee camp. Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands fled the Nazis and was evacuated by ship to Harwich. “I met her at Liverpool Street Station and brought her here (Buckingham Palace),” wrote King George VI. “She was obviously very upset and hadn’t brought any clothes.”

The Queen controls a large number of properties in Windsor and on her private estates in Sandringham and Balmoral. There are more than 300 residential and commercial properties in Sandringham alone, many of which are leased.

The Mirror has reached out to Buckingham Palace for comment.

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