Prince William broke royal protocol to embrace a victim of the deadly west London fire which is believed to have killed at least 58 people.
William, 34, hugged one of the fire’s victims when visiting a crisis centre on Friday. Historically, the only appropriate form of physical contact with royalty is a handshake — according to royal protocol.
The Duke of Cambridge opted to forgo tradition and held the distressed woman. The woman was desperately searching for her husband who, according to The Mirror, was trapped in an elevator during the fire.
Queen Elizabeth II, 91, and her grandson William had visited the centre together to see survivors, meet victims’ families and rescue workers who were affected by the scorching flames.
The inferno engulfed Grenfell Tower on June 14, resulting in 30 confirmed deaths, 74 non-fatal injuries and at least 28 missing people who have been presumed dead.
William, Princess Kate and Prince Harry have all made donations to help families who were made homeless by the tragedy.