Meghan and Harry pay tribute to Christchurch terror attack victims


The Duke and Duchess of Sussex made an unannounced visit to New Zealand House in London today, to pay tribute to Christchurch terror attack victims.

The visit was arranged on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen as the newlyweds were the last royals to visit New Zealand.

The couple arrived carrying flowers, which they proceeded to lay with other bouquets at the building’s entrance. During their visit, the couple signed a book of condolence and spoke to staff.

The Duchess of Sussex arrives at New Zealand House in London [Photo: Getty]

Meghan wrote: “Our deepest condolences. We are with you.”

Harry signed his name with “Arohanui,” Maori for “with deep affection.” 

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Following the attack on two mosques on Friday, numerous members of the Royal Family voiced their support for the victims and their families.

The Queen was the first member of the monarchy to offer condolences, saying: “I have been deeply saddened by the appalling events in Christchurch today. Prince Philip and I send our condolences to the families and friends of those who have lost their lives.

The duchess gives the hongi, a traditional maori greeting as she arrives at New Zealand House [Photo: Getty]

“I also pay tribute to the emergency services and volunteers who are providing support to those who have been injured.

“At this tragic time, my thoughts and prayers are with all the New Zealanders.”

The Sussexes and the Cambridges sent a joint message, saying: “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.”

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Meghan, who is due to give birth to the couple’s first child next month, currently has no more scheduled public engagements until the baby arrives.

Tomorrow, Harry will join schoolchildren as they take part in a tree planting project in support of The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy  initiative, together with the Woodland Trust.


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