William says he and Kate are 'extremely concerned' about rise in antisemitism in London synagogue visit

Prince of Wales talks with 94-year-old Renee Salt, a Holocaust survivor  (POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Prince of Wales talks with 94-year-old Renee Salt, a Holocaust survivor (POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

The Prince of Wales has said he and Kate are “extremely concerned” about the rise in antisemitism as he visited a synagogue in central London.

William spoke out while on a trip to the Western Marble Arch Synagogue - which was meant to happen in January for National Holocaust Day but postponed after the Princess of Wales fell ill.

Students told Prince William the abuse had been “never-ending” and “dehumanising” and “it’s never been like this before”.

William told them: “Antisemitism has no place in society. Prejudice has no place in society. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.

“I want you all to know you can talk about it and your experiences.

“Both Catherine and I are extremely concerned about the rise in antisemitism that you guys have talked about this morning and I’m just so sorry if any of you have had to experience that, it has no place.

“That’s why I’m here today to reassure you all that people do care and people do listen and we can’t let that go.”


Holocaust survivor Renee Salt, 94, sat with William and quietly spoke about her experiences at a Nazi concentration camp.

William asked: “How did you manage?”

Renee replied: “It wasn’t easy. Somehow I survived.”

William reached out and held her hand when she described how her family were affected by the rise in antisemitism in recent months.

The future king's visit to the synagogue came after he called for the fighting in the Israel-Hamas war to end "as soon as possible" and increased humanitarian support for Gaza, during a visit last week to the London headquarters of the British Red Cross.

Cases of antisemitism have surged since the October 7 raids by the Palestinian militant group Hamas killed about 1,200 and saw around 250 people taken hostage, and the subsequent Israel-Gaza war, where more than 30,000 Palestinians are reported to have been killed.

The visit was a return to public engagements for William after he pulled out of attending the memorial service for the late King Constantine of Greece at Windsor Castle on Tuesday due to a personal matter.