Prince William copykeens the Sussexes, makes a ‘surprise visit’ with Afghan refugees

Prince William Visits Leeds Hotel for Refugees

Three weeks ago, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were in New York yet again. They attended the Salute to Freedom gala, Meghan took part in the NY Times’ DealBook summit, and they spent Veterans Day at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. They spent time with soldiers and their families and hosted a luncheon. After the time with servicemen and women, Harry and Meghan made another big stop on the same joint base: they spent time with some of the 10,000 Afghan refugees living on the base since the Joint Coalition forces withdrew. The Sussexes didn’t bring their own cameras, nor was the visit open to the press. They let the military communications team handle everything, from taking and posting photos to highlighting the Amazon wish list for the Afghan refugees. It was a great thing to do and Harry & Meghan were unsurprisingly pitch-perfect at every level.

Now for the clownshow copykeen version! Prince William also visited some Afghan refugees and he was the first to do it or at least that’s what Jason Knauf told him!

Prince William visited with refugees recently evacuated from Afghanistan to hear about their experiences as he promotes community cohesion. The royal arrived in Leeds in the north of England on Tuesday for a surprise visit that underlines the welcoming and diverse communities in Britain who have been uniting to help others, his office at Kensington Palace said.

A key role for the royal family is cementing unity across the U.K. and supporting those who bring communities together. William began Tuesday visiting a hotel in Leeds, which is about 200 miles north of London, where many refugees are being temporarily housed. He wanted to see and hear firsthand about the efforts being made by local authority organizations, charities and community bodies to help them settle.

During his visit, he watched a group of children play as he was also told about the donations of clothes and essentials that have been made by the local community to provide much-needed support. It also gave him a chance to speak with refugees — some who recently arrived and others who have been in the U.K. for several years — and learn about their experiences and hear about the challenges they’ve faced as they rebuild their lives in the U.K.

Later in the day, William visited CATCH, a nearby youth-led charity that provides a range of opportunities for sports, creativity and learning, as well as for volunteering and social action projects. The center provides various recreational activities and spaces for its young members as an alternative to being drawn into criminal behaviors. They take part in ping-pong tournaments, computer games, movie nights, sports activities and more. There’s also a community café that is open to the public and staffed by volunteers, and around a dozen pet goats are kept on-site and cared for by the members.

CATCH also provides a weekly activity session for children evacuated from Afghanistan. These sessions provide a chance for young refugees to socialize and integrate, as well as develop their language skills, in a relaxed, fun setting. It’s also an opportunity for CATCH volunteers to learn about different cultures and for everyone to make new friends.

[From People]

“…He watched a group of children play as he was also told about the donations of clothes and essentials that have been made by the local community to provide much-needed support…” William fundamentally does not understand “leading by example.” It would have been the easiest f–king thing for William to show up with a few bags of necessities, sweaters, shoes, soap, shampoo, literally anything!! The papers would have lavished praise for Bill the Compassionate, Willy the Elegant Refugee-Supporter. Instead, he just showed up like his presence was enough of a gift to the refugees. He didn’t even have his Kensington Palace highlight where other people could donate stuff. He just showed up, played ping-pong, posed for photos and went back to his literal palace.

Prince William Visits Leeds Hotel for Refugees

Prince William Visits Leeds Hotel for Refugees

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  1. BayTampaBay says:

    What a loser!

    Nothing else needs to be said as it would just be a waste of words.

    • Elizabeth Regina says:

      After what he said about Africans, and after his keen kopying kween’s disastrous visit to a school recently, cue the visit to a minority group he wouldn’t even bother spitting on if they were on fire. When your heart’s not in it, people know.

      • Merricat says:

        It’s perfectly plain. William, however, is so spoiled and intellectually challenged that he thinks he’s fooling everyone, like a kid who thinks if he throws a blanket over his head and can’t see anyone, they can’t see him, either.

      • Pink Flamingo says:

        Daily Fail commenters are even being critical. @Elizabeth Regina, you should Google Prince William Africa population Daily Mail. Not that I want them to have more clicks, but it’s before they started paying for bots in 2017 and the comments are just ripping him into absolute shreds. The top comment was, “I refuse to believe that is he actually that dense”. Lol.

      • Tara says:

        The funny this that people have been posting articles where Harry said the same thing. Sure he might have, and if so he was wrong too.

    • Jan90067 says:

      “…He watched a group of children play as he was also told about the donations of clothes and essentials that have been made by the local community to provide much-needed support…”

      This SO stood out. How easy would it be to even just put out a STATEMENT about what help is needed, let alone arrive WITH a donation. Hell, just make a donation from his grift, er…Royal Foundation! Nope wouldn’t do that either.

      What a waste of skin this a$$wipe is. What a selfish, cold, shell of a person.

      • Mac says:

        This is for a US audience so it makes sense that specifics on where to donate are not covered. However, he went to CATCH to present them with an award from the queen. It seems very odd People left out that detail. Think of the cheese they could have layered on as he steps in to help his ailing grandmother.

      • Lemons says:

        @Mac Was the award a check? Also, even if the article is geared toward a US audience, the optics of having the royal arrive with donations would have been great. As always they are just there to “listen and learn” as if the refugees haven’t been through enough.

    • MMadison says:

      but…but….Harry did it (William to KP staff)

    • BothSidesNow says:

      But they forgot to mention that Baldingham and his merry wife of copying straight from the book of “The Undeniable Charm, Empathy and Inclusion by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex”, with a tag line of how you too can help in your community of living a life is service!!

      Apparently, the Lambridges only read the cliff notes as they didn’t bring anything to the table for others, like their peasants, who can as ordinary people truly make a difference in the world.

      Yet, the refugees were stunned in silence as Baldingham and his stray tooth took off in his personal helicopter as he waved down to his future commoners knowing full well how he will leech off of them for the rest of their lives. Whispering at a low level to which everyone could hear, Baldingham spoke with hints of vile and notes of grandiose, “suckers….”.

  2. Harla says:

    Apparently he didn’t say anything of note that the press could have used to highlight the plight of these people. And as you said Kaiser why didn’t KP let others know where they could make donations? KP and the Cambridge’s are almost willful in their disregard of others and of how to be of genuine service.

    • Seaflower says:

      It’s all about photo ops and that is it.

    • Elizabeth Regina says:

      To be fair when your life is about photo ops, surely the most important thing is to make sure the photographers get the best profile of your egg head and concerned face while doing jazz hands? The poor Afghani refugees as just incidental 🙁

      • Lorelei says:

        All about a photo op, yet even in the photos, the expression on the guy second from the right gives away what they were all thinking, lol.

    • Jais says:

      Yeah, the fact that they don’t provide any links on how to support these programs or donate is so strange. It’s not a hard thing to do. I’m just so confused. I know they’re terrible but this is just next-level incompetence and laziness. Sigh. I don’t know why I still get surprised by this.

      • Keri says:

        Even youtubers provide links to donate and or support whatever cause they highlight. Dear brits you surely cannot continue supporting this madness….esp the very many people of color living there. The brf is not your friend. This people will burn the whole Isle down before letting a person of color ‘taint’ their precious bloodline

      • Lorelei says:

        @Keri when the BRF isn’t even up to the same standards as YOUTUBERS…jfc. Incredible that they never, ever up their game.

      • GraceB says:

        In the UK, it’s so easy to donate and yet lots of people have no idea about it. Pretty much every local authority has a list of items and details. Do they assume all British people know about this already? The only drawback I can think of is that these places only tend to want what’s on their list and discourage donations of anything else, usually because they have too much and end up swamped. They didn’t have to do a list of items, like the Sussex’s. They could have just directed people to contact their local authority if they wanted to donate.

      • Greywacke says:

        I’m confused. W is a terrible human being, but wouldn’t the lack of links to donate to the cause be People Magazine’s fault?

      • Lorelei says:

        @Greywacke that’s actually a very good point! But the royals could/should have a standing agreement with publications they work with that any article about them include links at the bottom. It’s not like People magazine would ever tell them “no” and risk losing access. The Cambridges’ idiot staff just hasn’t thought about it, I guess. But WILLIAM himself should have.

  3. Elizabeth Regina says:

    He’s just so tragic. No originality, charisma and lazy to boot. I see him trying his jazz hands and concerned face. Sadly after earth flop no one is buying what he’s selling.

  4. BUBS says:

    This man-child exists to try and one-up his little brother and fails miserably every friggin time!
    William, “are you not *embarrazzzzzed*? This is embarazzzzzing!!!” (speaking in my best Nella Rose accent) LOL
    PS: People Magazine is really out here downgrading itself with these constant fluff pieces about 2 clowns (W&K) that will NEVER HAPPEN!!! Embarazzzzzzzing all around!

  5. Mamasan says:

    Read the room, Bald Bill. Read the room.

  6. LaraW” says:

    It seems Jazz Hands is a contagious condition. I believe I see signs of early onset Jazz Hands manifesting in William.

    • Chloe says:

      I noticed it too LOL! I wonder what his right-wing, brexit loving, anti-immigrant fanbase will have to say about this.

    • Jan90067 says:

      “…early onset Jazz Hands…” omg, I am DEAD!!!!! lol

      Quick, let’s start a charity to cure Early Onset Jazz Hands!! We can get Keen and Can’t to chair… oops!! Forgot, they don’t “do” fundraising for causes.

      Never mind 😄

    • Christine says:


  7. tamsin says:

    Haven’t the mere presence of the royals always been considered a gift? This results driven charity work exemplified by Meghan and Harry is antithetical to what the royals have always done. They show up to “learn about things” and then leave. That is why the royals dislike Harry and Meghan. There is always some tangible help as a result of their presence. The Afhgan refugees got a lot of winter clothing due to the Sussex visit. BTW, I just noticed that William has “jazz hands” too. Harry established Sentebale and Invictus Games to deliver tangible help, Meghan got a cook book written to help the Grenfell community, had a capsule collection made to benefit Smart Works, etc, etc.

    • Elizabeth Regina says:

      You make a good point. That’s why the RF also hated Diana. They thought she got too involved. For them it’s about showing up, cutting a ribbon or two or unveiling a plaque, making small talk and off to the next. That’s study after study shows that royal patronages bring no benefit whatsoever to charities.

    • Becks1 says:

      Yes, you’re right, and I can’t think of what makes William seem so much more useless than say, Anne, or even Charles – because they work more? Because they don’t have that “I’m just here so I don’t get fined” energy that William and Kate always seem to have? Because it seems realistic to always be “learning” when you’re visiting a dozen places in a day?

      Objectively a visit like this is exactly what William and Kate can do – they can’t do the big projects, they can’t do the huge-impact projects that H&M do, but they can do these kinds of visits, go to a city/town for a day and visit a few places, post about it…..does it just feel so flat bc if this is all they’re doing, they should be doing it more?

      • Lorelei says:

        If it had been Harry at this engagement, he would have been down on the floor playing with the kids for a little while, which would have made this event marginally more interesting, and showed that he cared at least a tiny bit about these people, but I doubt that crossed Elegant Bill’s mind. He does not care about anything.

      • Christine says:

        We know exactly what Harry and Meghan would do, because they did it two weeks ago! Sang with the kids, played with the kids, donated to the kids, and provided links to an Amazon list where others could donate. Willnot is being extra lazy and drawing attention to himself by pulling this lame visit less than a month later.

    • Lizzie Bathory says:

      Yes. Their presence is the gift. Lord knows the royals don’t want to part with their money, so they won’t donate like Harry & Meghan, nor are they inclined to do the work to create tangible benefits for the causes they claim to support.

      But more than that, I’ve realized that the family (except the Queen) despises sincerity. Diana was sincere in her concern about her causes & in the people she met. Harry & Meghan are the same way. I think the family looks down on that quality, like H&M don’t understand that you’re just supposed to grace the peasants with your presence on occasion before returning to your palaces. To *care* is supposed to be beneath them.

    • one of the Marys says:

      Yes that’s it exactly. The attention of the Royals was considered an honour and sufficient to their role. Meghan and Harry do it so much better, more sincere, more meaningful, more impactful. What I truly don’t understand is if William and Catherine are jealous and want the same adulation why don’t they do something similar to M&H? They have an entire infrastructure available to set this stuff up and all they have to do is show up?

  8. ThatsNotOkay says:

    I notice all he does on the rare occasions he goes places is “learn about” and “listen,” as though the world has to teach a 40-year-old man about the wake and suffering the legacy of his family has caused the whole planet. DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH AND SHOW UP WITH THOUGHTS AND ACTION PLANS AND RESTITUTION AND REPARATIONS, AIRHEAD!

    • Keri says:

      This. And research is so easy nowadays. Even the bare minimum of just googling some stuff can really help. I cannot imagine showing up anywhere without any contribution. Literally, nothing to say when people are exchanging ideas, putting heads together to tackle something. I cannot even think about being with an airhead. You need to have some sort of conversation points when meeting people for the first time. Know one or two things about them that you can go from.

    • Lorelei says:

      @ThatsNotOkay we’re going on 11 YEARS of Kate “listening” and “learning.” I don’t know how she’s not shamed into doing more because of that fact alone. It’s so embarrassing.

  9. FC says:

    “The center provides various recreational activities and spaces for its young members as an alternative to being drawn into criminal behaviors.”

    WTF did Jason write this? These refugees have just been through the unimaginable and here is Will wondering whether or not they will become criminals in the UK.

    • nancy says:

      yeah that feels wildly racist

    • sunny says:

      Racist going to racist. They are incapable of not showing their asses.

    • Eurydice says:

      It’s badly written, but it looks like the center is for at-risk youth (which includes preventing criminal behavior) and it also provides weekly activities for Afghan children. Two different things.

    • Layla says:

      The youths he’s talking about so uncouthly are SURVIVORS and WARRIORS. They’ve faced unimaginable horrors. Weeny and Keeny and Judas Knauf wouldn’t last a second

  10. Sofia says:

    This is what I was talking about in the other post about W&K, not doing tangible things like donating money. I don’t know if this place has an Amazon Wishlist but you’re right that he could have turned up with a few things like clothes, shampoos etc etc. Or even highlighted their need on his Instagram.

    • Elizabeth Regina says:

      He may not want to lose the support of his alt right supporters by doing something tangible. This way he can be seen as ‘doing his duty’ No more no less.

    • Dee says:

      If they don’t have a wishlist setup, that would be something tangible that someone who actually cared would suggest, or see if they get the ball rolling on, when they arrived. They fundamentally don’t understand that what makes the Sussex’s popular is that they care and do the work to show that they care about these issues and people longer than that snapshot in time. W&K see these events as useful props to further their own PR, so they don’t give a thought to long-term help. The next time they will think about these people, is the next time they will need to come out and meet with them to do a photo-op.

  11. girl_ninja says:

    Are you serious? These people are galling. How is no one telling them to just stop and take a breath and STOP copying the Sussex this is embarrassing and gross…I am enjoying seeing their losery behavior tho.

  12. Belli says:

    The fact that he can show up, just watch for an hour and then disappear back to his country estate and DO NOTHING… a disturbing lack of empathy.

    He is in a unique position to help SO MANY people. If he wanted to. Which he doesn’t. Because he doesn’t care about anything but himself.

  13. Myra says:

    Always the follower, never the leader. It must hurt to live under the shadow of a more popular sibling.

  14. notasugarhere says:

    Look at the way he is sitting. Legs crossed, shoulders down, elbows in. Making himself as small as possible to protect himself from the scary POC.

  15. blackfemmebot says:

    Honestly, it’s so annoying to me that William is always “learning and hearing from others”. While that is absolutely important it’s not enough to stop there. He could have bought gifts, he could have helped out with an English lesson as H&M did, could have organised a lovely lunch for the families there, literally ANYTHING. Also, I’m endlessly amused at how they’ve co-opted M’s focus on community and community building. When she wanted to promote community through the Together cookbook, they accused her of aiding terrorism and now the royals know they be looking real racist so now it’s all about “community cohesion and the welcome and diverse communities of Britain” give me a f****king break!

  16. STRIPE says:

    You tax dollars at work, Brits!

  17. Lorelei says:

    Unreal. The Sussexes basically HANDED THEM the blueprint by donating an appliance ahead of one of their visits, and Bill and Cathy *still* cannot see or understand how important gestures like this are. William absolutely believes his presence is enough of a gift. 🙄

    • Becks1 says:

      Do you think their calendar is empty until the Sussexes do something, and then they copy it? that would explain their lack of work lol, since the Sussexes have been pretty quiet over the past 6 momths since the birth of Lili (I know they’re working people, don’t @me, I’m just saying if William and Kate want to copy their public appearances, there aren’t that many to choose from.)

      Kate – concert
      William – meets with Afghan refugees

      What’s next, a roundtable at the WHO? Meetings at the UN?

      • Lorelei says:

        @Becks I’d pay good money to see Kate at a round table or whatever at the UN 😂

        (First Kate would have to Google, “what is UN”)

  18. Eurydice says:

    Besides being the God of Thunder, Zeus is also the God of Hospitality – not just being a good host, but also a good guest. Arriving to an event with empty hands is cause for a lightning bolt from above.

  19. Aud says:

    He’s so bad with children. Just stares at them. Come on, get down and play!

  20. 809Matriarch says:

    Now he’s starting to do jazz hands.

  21. Miranda says:

    So, I’m currently working with Afghan refugees myself, and I’m downright incandescent about this. He’s just in the damn way! Don’t just fucking stand there, Bill! Do something! Bring donations! Try talking with them, even if you’re hopelessly awkward about it! Bring your own kids along and let them play with the Afghan children, who long for any interactions that will make them feel like normal, happy, carefree kids (and in the process, teach your own kids some of that kindness and compassion you and your wife are always paying lip service to)! These people are not props or curiosities. This isn’t a human zoo. FFS, he might as well have just rolled up in a safari jeep with a pair binoculars around his neck.

  22. Amy Bee says:

    I LoL’d when I saw this yesterday. At least the Cambridges are inspired by what the Sussexes do. I agree, he could have brought some supplies with him but according to the royalists donating stuff and money is gauche.

    • Lorelei says:

      Even if they consider donations “gauche” (🙄), there’s no reason why they couldn’t do what @Sofia suggested above, publicizing something like an Amazon wish list, so at least other people would know where to contribute if they wanted to. They literally do NOTHING besides have their photos taken and leave.

  23. HeatherC says:

    This could have been such an easy win. Bring some toys, or sweaters, toiletries, even a blanket. Better yet, some homemade blankets/quilts from a small business in the area. Then provide links for his followers to also donate.

    It wouldn’t have required any effort on his part, his staff could have done all of it and given him things to carry in. Such a missed opportunity.

    They can’t even copy right.

  24. Marivic says:

    Deep down inside of William he knows he is a diehard fan of Meghan and Harry. “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.”

    • Layla says:

      The last part of this quote is the best “that MEDIOCRITY (I.e Keeny&Weeny) can pay to GREATNESS”(Harry and Meg)

  25. Mslove says:

    What is so special about William randomly showing up somewhere and standing around? Any fool can do that. He just wasted and inconvenienced everyone’s time with this unnecessary tomfoolery designed to make him look good.

  26. Over it says:

    William the D—-k

  27. kelleybelle says:

    Should Afghans have fewer babies too, William. God, you are so unsightly.

  28. Elle says:

    As an afghan I don’t want that stup!d egghead near my children

  29. Sue E Generis says:

    OMG so sick of this idiot. He always sails in demanding to be informed about what’s going on vs. doing research to thoroughly understand a situation, then taking effective or helpful actions. Not a giver that one.

    These groups always have needs, and instead of helping them, he uses them for photo ops, leaves, then never thinks about them again. It’s gross.

  30. Steph says:

    The way that excerpt is written is rubbing me the wrong way. It feels…idk. icky. Like if these kids aren’t in this program they will absolutely become criminals. Working on their language skills? You mean learning English. Their native tongue is in fact a language. It sounds a lot like how they talk about communities of color stateside.

  31. Kfg says:

    He can’t even do performative awareness correctly. Like why not post a link to CATCH since they’re doing all the work and why is he asking what other people are doing instead of doing something. Such a yt savior mentality. God he and keen are so disgusting

  32. Steph says:

    What’s the point of their YouTube channel if it isn’t going to be used for a visit like this? This would have been perfect to film a walk through of the facilities, conversations with the organizers and profile a family or two. It would have spotlighted William and the organization.

  33. El says:

    What does this man do? If you check out the royal court circular – there are times when he has no engagement for up to 2 weeks. Then when he does show up – his impact is minimal.

  34. Melly says:

    Uk is this y’all’s future future kang? I’m of Caribbean heritage and an expat so don’t claim the monarchy. What a loser! I cannot believe Baldimort is so shameless as to turn up with dry hands as my Jamaican /Cuban Daddy would say.

    Give you tight fisted bastard. How is he so bad at this?

  35. Jaded says:

    He could have contacted any NUMBER of companies who would have been thrilled to get the publicity and goodwill by donating food, cook wear, clothing, books, toys, women’s sanitary products, etc., WHATEVER, but no. It never crossed Prince Dullard’s mind that this would have been a win-win situation. Once again, he simply shows up, gets a few photos taken, then leaves without doing eff-all.

  36. aquarius64 says:

    Bilky rolled up for a photo op? Boy bye.

  37. Tessa says:

    He looks more and more like his father everyday, down to the same facial expressions. Not a good thing.

  38. Betsy says:

    It’s got to be tedious to always be a poor copy. It’s not like anyone expects William to re-invent the wheel, but he’s unwilling to do the tried and true royal work so he’s reduced to being a budget knock off of his brother. And it isn’t working.

  39. Monica says:

    Hahahahahaha! The usual poor trapped visitees standing around stiffly and politely while Keen and/or Bozo perform their uselessness. No one likes them!

  40. RoyalBlue says:

    Does he not have an original thought in his head? Really Cain? You will live for the rest of your life following after your brother.

  41. blunt talker says:

    As I have always observed from William’s photos-he look at things like they stank-he has a stank face look-so unappealing-his grin looks the same except William looks constipated thinking something stank in front of him.

  42. JRenee says:

    Merely an increase to his work numbers. Either his staff doesn’t advise him of doing more than showing up or he ignores them. Either way, he isn’t forward thinking enough to use his status to do great things…
    He should have at least showed up with some necessities and or linked up with some companies who would have donated .

    Fist palm again

  43. Elle says:

    hahahah I’d probably tell my kids, Don’t bother x)