Prince William has expressed his sympathy for all those affected by the Malaysia Airlines disaster in Ukraine, noting in particular the impact on Australians.
Speaking at Australia House in London on Friday, the Duke of Cambridge spoke of his great sadness at the MH17 disaster, which left 298 people dead, including 28 Australians.
“For all of us who have lost fellow countrymen and women in the tragedy, words cannot do justice to our sense of loss,” he said.
“For Australians, for our Malaysian brothers and sisters in the Commonwealth, the crash is a particularly cruel tragedy, coming so soon after the loss of MH370.”
He said his family’s thoughts and prayers were with everyone affected.
The Duke was at Australia House to unveil a statue of Matthew Flinders, the first explorer to circumnavigate Australia.
Australian High Commissioner to London Alexander Downer also spoke about the tragedy, asking for a moment’s silence for those killed.