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Prince William says it appears that the “huge outpouring of support” following the Grenfell Tower fire “wasn’t well targeted”.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met victims of the disaster during the launch of a new charity, the National Emergencies Trust (NET).

It has been set up following numerous disasters in 2017, including Grenfell, the London Bridge attack, the Manchester Arena bombing and flooding in Cumbria.

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Prince William said survivors’ stories were ‘as heartbreaking as they are inspiring’

“It takes so long to get back to normal again,” William said.

“Following Grenfell there was a huge outpouring of support but it seems like it wasn’t well targeted.”

The Queen and the Duke made an emotional visit to west London in the days following the fire in June 2017.

The idea behind the NET is to manage fundraising and the distribution of donations more efficiently following emergencies.

In the event of a crisis, it will hold national appeals on TV and social media, and allocate and distribute money to those affected.

It is chaired by the former head of the Army and cross-bench peer, Lord Dannatt.







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William said he was “impressed about how willing the charity sector has been to learn the lessons from previous responses, and to ensure that the quickest and most appropriate support is offered to those affected”.

He added: “It has been humbling to speak to survivors of the London Bridge and Manchester attacks, the Cumbria floods, the Grenfell Tower fire and other disasters here in the UK.

“Their stories are as heartbreaking as they are inspiring.”

Victims of some of the disasters in 2017 were at the the launch of the NET.

Natasha Elcock, chairwoman of Grenfell United, was one of the last people rescued alive from the fire.

She told William and Kate: “So many people sent clothes and food, but at the time we had absolutely no place to put them. No home, no cupboard, and no fridge.”



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Kate observed: “It’s not just the support provided at the time, but how it’s continued in the future.”

Karim Mussilhy, who lost relatives in the fire, said the aftermath was “really chaotic in the early days”.

He added: “We had all of these great donations from people all across the country and people were really, really generous, but it wasn’t being co-ordinated by anybody.”

He also praised the Duke and Duchess, saying: “You can tell they’ve taken a big interest, not only in our tragedy, but making sure that when something like this does happen again, there is something in place for the survivors.”

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