Ukraine 'Grateful' for William and Kate Support After Meghan and Harry Backlash

Volodymyr Zelensky praised Prince William and Kate Middleton's message of support to the Ukrainian people, following the invasion by Russian forces last week.

The Ukrainian President tweeted from his official account which said he and his wife were grateful for William and Kate's message in which they fondly remembered their meeting in 2020. Zelensky's tweet comes as he and top ranking members of his government took up arms to defend Ukraine's capital city of Kyiv from invading Russian forces.

The statement read: "Olena and I are grateful to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge @RoyalFamily that at this crucial time, when Ukraine is courageously opposing Russia's invasion, they stand by our country and support our brave citizens. Good will triumph."

It follows a comparison between the U.K. media's reaction to the Cambridge's message of support and that expressed following the release of an earlier statement from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

In a tweet released on 26th February, William and Kate wrote: "In October 2020 we had the privilege to meet President Zelensky and the First Lady to learn of their hope and optimism for Ukraine's future. Today we stand with the President and all of Ukraine's people as they bravely fight for that future W & C"

Two days earlier, Harry and Meghan were mocked for a similar message posted on their Archewell website.

It read: "Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and all of us at Archewell stand with the people of Ukraine against this breach of international and humanitarian law and encourage the global community and its leaders to do the same."

Criticism was launched by British columnist Piers Morgan who in response tweeted: "This will really rattle Putin". Voices from The Daily Mail and The Sun also took aim at the couple over the statement.

William and Kate received the Zelensky's in October 2020 on behalf of the Queen who was undertaking duties from Windsor due to the pandemic.

The couples met in the throne room of the palace and discussed the state of affairs in Ukraine at that time.

In the following days Zelensky met with Boris Johnson and Foreign Secretary Domonic Raab where it was announced that the UK would provide £5million of humanitarian aid to assist Ukraine.

On Saturday evening Harry and Meghan renewed their support of the Ukrainian people. In the opening of their acceptance speech for the President's Award at the NAACP Image Awards they stated:

"Before we begin, we would like to acknowledge the people of Ukraine who urgently need our continued support as a global community."

President Zelensky has not so far publicly thanked Meghan and Harry for their support in the he has done with William and Kate.

Discussion surrounding the reaction to the statements released by both couples comes after Harry launched new legal action against a U.K. tabloid.

Last week Prince Harry began a libel lawsuit against The Mail on Sunday in regards to an article which he claims falsely represented facts pertaining to his police protection. While Meghan has already won her case against the same title for its publication of a private letter she wrote to her father.

William and Kate meet Zelensky
Prince William and Kate Middleton host President Zelensky and his wife Olena at Buckingham Palace on October 7, 2020. (Photo by Jonathan Brady / POOL / AFP) Jonathan Brady/JONATHAN BRADY/POOL/AFP via Getty Images