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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry made a surprise visit this afternoon to London’s New Zealand House. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who toured New Zealand this past fall, came to pay tribute to the victims of the Christchurch terrorist attack last week.
As The Guardian reported, 49 people were killed and 48 were injured in a terrorist shooting targeting Muslims at two mosques. The outlet noted it was the worst mass shooting in the country’s history.
The two dressed in black and navy for the visit. Meghan wore a black coat with the Boh Runga earrings that New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gave her, as Meghan’s Mirror pointed out. The two laid flowers outside the venue:
Meghan and Harry also signed the condolence book inside. Meghan wrote,”Our deepest condolences… We are with you,” and signed her name. Harry wrote the Maori word “Arohanui,” which means “with deep affection,” under his own name.
Shortly after news of the attack broke last week, Meghan and Harry released a statement of support to the country and the Muslim community, along with Prince William and Kate Middleton. The four royals said:
Our hearts go out to the families and friends of the people who lost their lives in the devastating attack in Christchurch.
We have all been fortunate to spend time in Christchurch and have felt the warm, open-hearted and generous spirit that is core to its remarkable people.
No person should ever have to fear attending a sacred place of worship.
This senseless attack is an affront to the people of Christchurch and New Zealand, and the broader Muslim community. It is a horrifying assault on a way of life that embodies decency, community, and friendship.
We know that from this devastation and deep mourning, the people of New Zealand will unite to show that such evil can never defeat compassion and tolerance.
We send our thoughts and prayers to everyone in New Zealand today.