The Duke and Duchess of Sussex made an unplanned visit to New Zealand House in central London to pay their respects to the 50 people who were killed in the Christchurch shooting.
Upon their visit, the royal couple who visited New Zealand in 2018 signed a book of condolence on behalf of the royal families. Above their signatures were the words: “Our deepest condolences… We are with you.”
Below the signed condolence was the Maori word “arohanui,” which translates to “much love”.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex signed the Book of Condolence @NZinUK, opened following the terrorist attacks in Christchurch.
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) March 19, 2019
50 people were killed and another 50 injured in shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand on Friday, after a gunman armed with semi-automatic weapons opened fire indiscriminately on men, women and children from close range.
Shortly after what the reports New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called one of the country’s “darkest days”, tributes from across the world poured in.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, along with Harry and Meghan, shared their thoughts and prayers in a statement, saying: “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 send our thoughts and prayers to everyone in New Zealand today. Kia Kaha.” — The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. https://t.co/WQ5talX3dr
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) March 15, 2019