Prince William and Kate have issued a heartfelt message of support to the families of the 74 people who died in a train fire in Pakistan.
In a letter to Arif Alvi, the country’s president, the couple said they were “horrified and deeply saddened” to hear of the incident near the town of Rahim Yar Khan.
Their message reads: “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge sent a message of condolence to the President of Pakistan following the train fire near the town of Rahim Yar Khan in Pakistan.
“Having just returned from visiting Pakistan, we were horrified and deeply saddened to hear about the tragic fire on the Tezgam train near Rahim Yar Khan.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with all the people and families affected by this heart-breaking disaster.”
The devastating fire that engulfed a train that was passing through the town of Rahim Yar Khan on Thursday morning, after a gas canister that passengers were using to prepare breakfast exploded. Prime Minister Imran Khan said he has ordered an “immediate enquiry” into the tragedy.
Prince William and Kate met with Prime Minister Imran Khan during their first tour of Pakistan, about two weeks ago. Khan — a cricketer-turned-politician — was a close friend to William’s mother Diana and helped host her in Lahore, Pakistan, just months before she died in 1997.
Kate spoke about how much she and William had enjoyed their tour, in her first news interview since becoming a member of the royal family. The Duchess spoke to CNN while they were visiting the charitable organization SOS Children’s Village.
The Duchess said: “It’s been fantastic, we’ve seen a lot of Pakistan, a huge variety, it’s amazing seeing some of the geography but then to see some of the community activities like this has been really special.”