Britain’s Daily Express published a report on Saturday claiming that members of the Royal Family are “providing accommodation for refugees” from Ukraine. (The newspaper’s site seems to have crashed as a result of this story, but a cached version is here.)
Whether royals are explicitly involved in these philanthropic actions remains vague. “Members of the Royal Family are working behind the scenes on a number of projects and want to keep their contribution private,” the outlet claims and quotes a Buckingham Palace spokesperson as saying, “we are assisting in a number of ways but will not be commenting further.”
Just as Russia invaded the Eastern European nation in early March, Queen Elizabeth made a rare private donation—said to have been “generous”—to the Disasters Emergency Committee, a collection of U.K. charities.
Days later, a photo op a Windsor Castle with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau featured a floral arrangement in blue and yellow, the colors of the Ukrainian flag. (“These things don’t tend to happen by accident,” a source told the Daily Express.) The deliberately politically neutral monarch also wore “a blue patterned dress with yellow accents” that day, and Trudeau stated later that he and the Queen did discuss the Russian invasion.
Also, in early March, Prince William and Kate Middleton rolled up their sleeves a bit to help sort care packages at London’s Ukrainian Cultural Centre that were headed to people in need in the region. They also brought “homemade brownies and granola bars to share with the volunteers,” according to reporters on the scene.
Earlier this year, over 150,000 U.K. citizens signed up for a government-sponsored program to house Ukrainian refugees; however, less than 54,000 have made it into the country. At issue, the BBC claims, is the government’s unwillingness “to issue emergency visas, or lift visa requirements altogether for Ukrainian refugees.” A reported 14 million Ukrainians have fled their homes since the beginning of the invasion.
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