Prince William mentioned his frustration over the inability to save Afghans from Kabul after withdrawal. He told refugees that Britain could not have been more welcoming.

  • Prince William told ‘frustration’ UK failed to get more people out of Afghanistan
  • British forces saved 15,000 lives when the Taliban took control of Afghanistan. 
  • Many thousands of people were left behind including translators who had worked alongside the UK troops

Prince William expressed frustration that the UK’s evacuation mission to Afghanistan did not bring more people to safety.

As he was meeting refugees flown by Western forces, The Duke of Cambridge may have expressed his concerns that many Afghans in desperate need were being left behind.

A total of 15,000 people were airlifted to safety by British forces as the Taliban grabbed control of the country – but thousands of others were left behind.

These interpreters included many who had worked alongside the UK troops, were granted leave to travel to Britain, or were applying for asylum after the fall of the Afghan government in August.

The duke told refugees during a visit to a hotel in Leeds in November they 'couldn't be more welcome' in Britain, adding: 'The most important thing is that you are safe now. You have a bright future'

The duke told refugees during a visit to a hotel in Leeds in November they ‘couldn’t be more welcome’ in Britain, adding: ‘The most important thing is that you are safe now. It is possible to have a bright tomorrow.

Prince William talks with refugees evacuated from Afghanistan during a visit to a hotel in Leeds

Prince William speaks with Afghan refugees during his visit to Leeds.

The Times was told last night by William that one of his refugees met William at Leeds’ hotel. He said that William felt disappointed at August’s withdrawal. He stated that he would have liked to see more refugees arrive in the UK.

He was also reported to have asked why 12,000 Afghans remained in hotel rooms months after their arrival.

According to the duke, refugees were ‘couldn’t be more welcomed’ in Britain. He added: “The most important thing for you is that your safety now.” There is a bright future.

Last year, William intervened in aid of an Afghan officer who he had known from Sandhurst military school to escape Kabul.

According to reports, he asked his family to call him to help the former cadet get to safety. According to reports, the officer and his family were waved through before they flew to Britain.

His close relationship with British troops meant that he was most at risk of being attacked by the Taliban.

Fazal, a 31-year-old former translator, is among those who are still missing. Fazal survived being shot and stabbed in the Taliban’s hands and appeals to Ben Wallace for the New Years gift of safety. The Taliban attacked his home, and Fazal fled Afghanistan. After that, the Taliban threatened to retaliate by executing him.

Fazal was a British soldier who served for two years alongside British troops. He was captured in an ambush and shot and then stabbed 14 months ago in Kabul.

Now he has made an appeal via video to Mr Wallace, a former soldier whom many translators credit for saving their lives when he changed policy to allow more people to move.

Clutching his hands together as if in prayer, Fazal tells him: ‘I am personally appealing to you to allow me to come to the UK and requesting you give me a peaceful future – this is in your hands.

According to both the Taliban and local Afghan people, foreigners who have supported them should be shot.

Yesterday, from Istanbul, he said to the Mail that if he was found in Turkey, a return to Turkey would mean he has to confront the Taliban who tried to kill him. 

My life is now at stake because I have worked with British forces. Britain provides refugee assistance to those who do nothing but harm the country, while they put at risk all who stood by them against an adversary who is now ruling Afghanistan. We are not being abandoned.

Former Afghan translator Fazal, who claims to have been shot and stabbed by the Taliban. He has appealed to Defence Secretary Ben Wallace from hiding in Turkey where he faces deportation after escaping Taliban with help of people smugglers

Fazal was a former Afghan translator and claims that he has been shot and stabbed in the back by Taliban. Fazal has made an appeal to Ben Wallace, Defence Secretary. He is currently hiding in Turkey and faces deportation.

Fazal served as an intelligence officer for the UK’s Electronic Warfare and Signals Intelligence Unit, based in Helmand from 2010 to 2012.

He said he was sacked in November 2012 after allegations he had used drugs and breached military discipline – which he has always denied. The Daily Mail’s award-winning Betrayal of the Brave campaign has highlighted how 1,010 translators were dismissed up until 2014 – more than a third of all those employed – with many claiming to have been treated unjustly. These translators were therefore not entitled to sanctuary under any UK relocation plan.

However, Wallace intervened last summer in Kabul’s turmoil and allowed over 50 people to move with their families.

Rafi Hottak sent the video to Wallace, an ex-interpreter from Britain who was once in charge of UK military translators. The message was sent to Ben Wallace by Hottak, who said that you can see the despair of Fazal. The Taliban are marking him out for his service to the British military. He should be helped.