Prince William quietly wrote to the girlfriend of Capitol riot cop Brian Sicknick who died from a stroke a day after the insurrection last year, offering his condolences and praising him for 'upholding democracy'.
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Prince William quietly wrote to the girlfriend of Capitol riot cop Brian Sicknick who died from a stroke a day after the insurrection last year, offering his condolences and praising him for 'upholding democracy'.

Prince William quietly wrote to the girlfriend of Capitol riot cop Brian Sicknick who died from a stroke a day after the insurrection last year, offering his condolences and praising him for ‘upholding democracy’.

Sicknick's (pictured) death has been the subject of ferocious political debate. Democrats blamed the rioters for his death and in the immediate aftermath of the riot, it was claimed he died as the result of being hit over the head with a fire extinguisher. A medical examiner last year ruled that he died of natural causes brought on by two massive strokes, but they could not prove whether the strokes were the result of any injury he suffered in the riot. Sicknick's family say they are convinced the strokes were caused by him being pepper-sprayed.

Sicknick’s (pictured) death has been the subject of ferocious political debate. Democrats blamed the rioters for his death and in the immediate aftermath of the riot, it was claimed he died as the result of being hit over the head with a fire extinguisher. A medical examiner last year ruled that he died of natural causes brought on by two massive strokes, but they could not prove whether the strokes were the result of any injury he suffered in the riot. Sicknick’s family say they are convinced the strokes were caused by him being pepper-sprayed.

Prince William's letter breaks from the royal tradition of abstaining from politics both at home and overseas, and is the first time he has waded into US issues. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (pictured), who live in her native California, routinely comment on American politics and issues.

Prince William’s letter breaks from the royal tradition of abstaining from politics both at home and overseas, and is the first time he has waded into US issues. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (pictured), who live in her native California, routinely comment on American politics and issues.

It reads: 'Please forgive me if I am intruding but I wanted to write and let you know how sorry I am about the death of your partner, Brian.' He said he had watched the 'harrowing events that took place at the Capitol' and wanted to pay tribute to Sicknick's 'patriotism and selflessness.' 'By all accounts Brian performed valiantly while on duty and despite suffering injuries continued to do his utmost to protect those inside. I hope you can take some comfort from knowing that it is thanks to law enforcement officers like Brian that the situation did not escalate further and democracy was upheld,' he said.

It reads: ‘Please forgive me if I am intruding but I wanted to write and let you know how sorry I am about the death of your partner, Brian.’ He said he had watched the ‘harrowing events that took place at the Capitol’ and wanted to pay tribute to Sicknick’s ‘patriotism and selflessness.’ ‘By all accounts Brian performed valiantly while on duty and despite suffering injuries continued to do his utmost to protect those inside. I hope you can take some comfort from knowing that it is thanks to law enforcement officers like Brian that the situation did not escalate further and democracy was upheld,’ he said.

Sicknick's partner Sandra Garza (pictured) revealed Prince William's letter on CNN on Friday for the first time during an appearance in which she also slammed President Trump - who she says did not offer her any form of sympathy. 'Trump does not give two [cares] about law enforcement or Brian and yet Prince William took the time to honor me and Brian,' she said during coverage of the ongoing January 6 Congressional hearing.

Sicknick’s partner Sandra Garza (pictured) revealed Prince William’s letter on CNN on Friday for the first time during an appearance in which she also slammed President Trump – who she says did not offer her any form of sympathy. ‘Trump does not give two [cares] about law enforcement or Brian and yet Prince William took the time to honor me and Brian,’ she said during coverage of the ongoing January 6 Congressional hearing.

Kensington Palace has not yet commented on the letter. The Queen refrained from commenting on the political row which unfolded globally as a result of the riot last January. Prince Harry previously claimed that he tried to warn former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey that the platform was being used to 'plan a staged coup'.

Kensington Palace has not yet commented on the letter. The Queen refrained from commenting on the political row which unfolded globally as a result of the riot last January. Prince Harry previously claimed that he tried to warn former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey that the platform was being used to ‘plan a staged coup’.

'Jack and I were emailing each other prior to January 6, where I warned him that his platform was allowing a coup to be staged. That email was sent the day before and then it happened, and I haven’t heard from him since,' he said on a panel at the RE: WIRED conference on November 10 last year.

‘Jack and I were emailing each other prior to January 6, where I warned him that his platform was allowing a coup to be staged. That email was sent the day before and then it happened, and I haven’t heard from him since,’ he said on a panel at the RE: WIRED conference on November 10 last year.

On January 22, 2021, Harry told Fast Company of that the riot was 'a literal attack on Democracy' that was only ever facilitated because it was arranged on social media by extremists. 'We have seen time and again what happens when the real-world cost of misinformation is disregarded. There is no way to downplay this. There was a literal attack on democracy in the United States, organized on social media, which is an issue of violent extremism,' he said.

On January 22, 2021, Harry told Fast Company of that the riot was ‘a literal attack on Democracy’ that was only ever facilitated because it was arranged on social media by extremists. ‘We have seen time and again what happens when the real-world cost of misinformation is disregarded. There is no way to downplay this. There was a literal attack on democracy in the United States, organized on social media, which is an issue of violent extremism,’ he said.

Meghan Markle has openly lobbied for paid parental leave in the US. In October last year, she wrote to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to ask her to enact a bill that federalized paid maternity leave in the US. 'Over the past 20 months, the pandemic has exposed long-existing fault lines in our communities. At an alarming rate, millions of women dropped out of the workforce, staying home with their kids as schools and daycares were closed, and looking after loved ones full-time. 'The working mom or parent is facing the conflict of being present or being paid. The sacrifice of either comes at a great cost,' she said

Meghan Markle has openly lobbied for paid parental leave in the US. In October last year, she wrote to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to ask her to enact a bill that federalized paid maternity leave in the US. ‘Over the past 20 months, the pandemic has exposed long-existing fault lines in our communities. At an alarming rate, millions of women dropped out of the workforce, staying home with their kids as schools and daycares were closed, and looking after loved ones full-time. ‘The working mom or parent is facing the conflict of being present or being paid. The sacrifice of either comes at a great cost,’ she said

Prince Charles, who ordinarily stays out of political issues, was last week criticized after it was reported he had privately abhorred a plan by British politicians to send migrants to Rwanda. Charles is said to have called the proposal 'appalling'. While he did not make the comments publicly, royal experts say the remark put him in 'hot water'.

Prince Charles, who ordinarily stays out of political issues, was last week criticized after it was reported he had privately abhorred a plan by British politicians to send migrants to Rwanda. Charles is said to have called the proposal ‘appalling’. While he did not make the comments publicly, royal experts say the remark put him in ‘hot water’.

Two other officers took their own lives in the days after the riots, and more than 150 police officers were hurt — including one officer who had a heart attack and others who suffered traumatic brain injuries and permanent disabilities. Some may never return to the job. Their deaths and the preparations for the riot are now being picked apart in Congressional hearings.

Two other officers took their own lives in the days after the riots, and more than 150 police officers were hurt — including one officer who had a heart attack and others who suffered traumatic brain injuries and permanent disabilities. Some may never return to the job. Their deaths and the preparations for the riot are now being picked apart in Congressional hearings.

On Thursday, one of Sicknick's colleagues testified that she 'slipped in blood' while trying to battle the crowds of protesters and Trump fanatics who stormed the building. Officer Caroline Edwards (pictured, right) testified that she saw Sicknick fall over before being knocked unconscious herself. 'I was catching people as they fell. It was carnage. It was chaos. I can't even describe what I saw. Never in my wildest dreams that as a police officer would I find myself in the middle of a battle,' she said.

On Thursday, one of Sicknick’s colleagues testified that she ‘slipped in blood’ while trying to battle the crowds of protesters and Trump fanatics who stormed the building. Officer Caroline Edwards (pictured, right) testified that she saw Sicknick fall over before being knocked unconscious herself. ‘I was catching people as they fell. It was carnage. It was chaos. I can’t even describe what I saw. Never in my wildest dreams that as a police officer would I find myself in the middle of a battle,’ she said.

She said that what she witnessed was out of a movie. 'What I saw was just a war scene,' the officer recounted. 'I felt the bike rack come on top of my head and I was pushed backwards and my foot caught the stair behind me and my chin hit the handrail and then - at that point I blacked out - but the back of my head clipped the concrete stairs behind me,' she said. Cheney asked the officer if she was knocked unconscious and she answered in the affirmative. 'Yes ma'am,' Edwards answered to Cheney's second question - whether she returned to duty.

She said that what she witnessed was out of a movie. ‘What I saw was just a war scene,’ the officer recounted. ‘I felt the bike rack come on top of my head and I was pushed backwards and my foot caught the stair behind me and my chin hit the handrail and then – at that point I blacked out – but the back of my head clipped the concrete stairs behind me,’ she said. Cheney asked the officer if she was knocked unconscious and she answered in the affirmative. ‘Yes ma’am,’ Edwards answered to Cheney’s second question – whether she returned to duty.

Edwards said she tried to hold the West Front of the Capitol and was overpowered there. Washington, D.C.'s Metropolitan Police Department officers showed up to assist, allowing Edwards to fall behind the line.'For awhile I started decontaminating people who had gotten sprayed and treating people medically who needed it,' she recalled. 'So after awhile I got back on the line, it was on the House side of the lower west stairs ... and officer Sicknick was behind me.' All of the sudden I see movement to the left of me, and it was officer Sicknick with his head in his hands and he was ghostly pale,' she said. Which I figured at that point he had been sprayed, and I was concerned. My cop alarm bells went off.'

Edwards said she tried to hold the West Front of the Capitol and was overpowered there. Washington, D.C.’s Metropolitan Police Department officers showed up to assist, allowing Edwards to fall behind the line.’For awhile I started decontaminating people who had gotten sprayed and treating people medically who needed it,’ she recalled. ‘So after awhile I got back on the line, it was on the House side of the lower west stairs … and officer Sicknick was behind me.’ All of the sudden I see movement to the left of me, and it was officer Sicknick with his head in his hands and he was ghostly pale,’ she said. Which I figured at that point he had been sprayed, and I was concerned. My cop alarm bells went off.’

She said if Sicknick would have been hit with pepper spray he would have turned red, not pale. 'And so I looked back to see what had happened, what had hit him and that's when I got sprayed in the eyes as well,' she said. 'I was taken to be decontaminated by another officer but we didn't get a chance because I got tear-gassed.' Sicknick returned home after the riot and texted his brother to say that he was feeling OK. His condition deteriorated rapidly over the next 24 hours and he died the following day.

She said if Sicknick would have been hit with pepper spray he would have turned red, not pale. ‘And so I looked back to see what had happened, what had hit him and that’s when I got sprayed in the eyes as well,’ she said. ‘I was taken to be decontaminated by another officer but we didn’t get a chance because I got tear-gassed.’ Sicknick returned home after the riot and texted his brother to say that he was feeling OK. His condition deteriorated rapidly over the next 24 hours and he died the following day.

In February, Sicknick became only the fifth person in history to lie in honor in the Capitol Rotunda, a designation for those who are not elected officials, judges or military leaders. He was interred at Arlington National Cemetery. DailyMail.com has contacted Kensington Palace for comment. Pictured: The riot at the White House on January 6th.

In February, Sicknick became only the fifth person in history to lie in honor in the Capitol Rotunda, a designation for those who are not elected officials, judges or military leaders. He was interred at Arlington National Cemetery. DailyMail.com has contacted Kensington Palace for comment. Pictured: The riot at the White House on January 6th. 

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