Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky
Zelensky Declares Russia A 'Terrorist State,' Calls Shelling of Kharkiv A 'War Crime' Photo by Thierry Monasse/Getty Images

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky and his wife thanked Prince William and Kate Middleton after a supportive message from the royals was sent Saturday. Meanwhile, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who also expressed their support Thursday, have not yet received any comment from Zelensky.

Zelensky and his wife Olena Zelenska said they were "grateful" for the political comment from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. President Zelensky said on Tuesday, "Olena and I are grateful to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge 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."

In their message, William and Kate recalled their meeting with president Zelensky and his wife. The royal couple welcomed the Ukrainian leader and his wife to Buckingham Palace in October 2020, wherein the Ukrainian president and first lady was entertained in the opulent Throne Room. In a personal tweet signed by the couple, they wrote, "In October 2020 we had the privilege to meet President Zelenskyy 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."

Meanwhile, Harry and Meghan, who had also sent their words of support to Ukraine ahead of time, was not mentioned by Zelensky, though there is no confirmation whether he has privately thanked them.

Harry and Meghan released a message for Ukraine on Thursday. "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." The Sussexes posted it on their Archewell website. They restated their support on television as they accepted the President's Award at the NAACP Image Awards.

As both the couples issued their statement, the public seemed eager to compare both messages, criticizing and commenting on one another. Among the topics raised was the fact that Harry and Meghan opened with "Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex," appearing to be a reminder of their status. In contrast, the Cambridges did not once reference themselves using any royal appellation and instead signed off with "W & C."

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Prince William, Kate Middleton, Markle and Prince Harry arrive to attend Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate on Dec. 25, 2018 in King's Lynn, England. Getty Images/Stephen Pond

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