Prince Harry comforted the bereaved relatives of the Grenfell Tower fire victims at a memorial service today.
The 33-year-old royal joined Prince Charles, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Cornwall at St Paul’s Cathedral in London today for the multi-faith event.
He made sure to talk to the emotional families of the victims as the service ended, including Maria Jafari, 38, who lost her father Ali Yawar Jafari, 82, in the blaze.
Prince Harry speaks to those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire following the memorial service at St Paul’s Cathedral today
The 33-year-old royal made sure to talk to the emotional families of the victims as the service ended in London today
Harry speaks to those who attended the service in London today while an interpreter helps translate for some people
Harry spoke to those who had lost loved ones in the blaze which ripped through the West London tower block in June
Mrs Jafari read a poem by 13th century Persian poet Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi and the Prince congratulated her for taking part. He also spoke to her mother Fatima and comforted her over the loss of her husband.
As she began sobbing for her lost love, the prince asked an interpreter: ‘Just tell her I am so incredibly sorry for her loss.’
Mr Jafari, who had a heart condition, was pulled from the building by firefighters but died at the scene. Ms Jafari said when she was reading the poem she felt as though she was about to cry.
She said: ‘It’s very, very hard. Still she (my mother) cries, every day, every second when we are talking about our father, all the memories come out again. It’s six months and it’s still very hard for us.
‘I wish nobody could have this in the whole life, in the whole world, I wish nobody would have to go through all these things.’
Friends and relatives of the victims of the Grenfell fire stand outside St Paul’s Cathedral with photos of the deceased
Clutching their flowers and photos, the crowd slowly moved forwards, many comforting each other as they went
A mourner holds a photo collection to remember those who died in the shocking fire in West London six months ago
Prince William was pictured shortly after the disaster in June embracing Fatima Jafari as he ditched royal protocol to comfort her during a visit to an emergency shelter.
As the St Paul’s Cathedral choir sang, local schoolchildren scattered small hand-made green hearts, carried in brown wicker baskets, across the front of the Dome dais.
The Ebony Steel Band, frequent performers at the Notting Hill Carnival, played a verse of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah.
As the service ended, the Grenfell banner was held aloft and carried out of the cathedral, followed by survivors and bereaved holding white roses and photographs of their loved ones.
Afterwards, mourners poured out on to the steps of St Paul’s behind the Grenfell banner, which fluttered in the icy breeze.
Afterwards, mourners poured out on to the steps of St Paul’s as they held photos of the victims aloft
The crowd paused outside for a moment, staring out at the bank of photographers and journalists stationed opposite
Survivors, bereaved families, the local community and first responders were joined by members of the royal family today
Maria Jafari (left), who lost her elderly father Ali Yawar Jafari (right) in the fire, read a poem by a 13th century Persian poet
Clutching their flowers and photos, they paused for a moment, staring out at the bank of photographers and journalists stationed opposite. The crowd then slowly moved forwards, many comforting each other as they went.
The royal family showed solidarity with families whose relatives died in the Grenfell Tower fire by attending the national memorial service along with the local community and first responders.
Prime Minister Theresa May, Communities Secretary Sajid Javid and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn were among the politicians accompanying more than 1,500 guests for the 11am service.
The memorial focused on remembering the 71 victims of the June 14 tower block blaze, and providing those affected with messages of support, strength and hope for the future.