The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have responded to the tragic shooting that happened in mid-March in the beloved country of New Zealand.
Having made a happier visit in October 2018, the pair made an unexpected return to the grief-stricken country to express their condolences to the people of Christchurch, New Zealand. The pair visited the victims of March 15th’s terrorist attack in Christchurch, where a total of 50 people died and dozens more were injured after a gunman opened fire on two mosques.
The US gunman shook the world with his crazed terrorist attack and left the town of Christchurch terrified for their lives. Following the event, Harry and Meghan made a quick trip to the town of Christchurch where they paid their respects to the grieving city.
Harry and Meghan signed the book of condolences with a heartfelt message. The Duchess wrote: “Our deepest condolences. We are with you.” Harry and Meghan each signed their name and Harry and Harry signed the Maori phrase, “Arohanui,” which translates to “best wishes.”
In New Zealand tradition, Harry and Meghan greeted High Commissioner Sir Jerry Mateparae and Deputy High Commissioner David Evans with the famous hongi- the traditional nose rub. Their presence represented the British Royal Family and demonstrated unity and support to the hurting country.
Just hours after the attack, Kensington Palace issued a joint statement via Twitter on behalf of the Duke and Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex. The royal couples referred to the “senseless attacks” as a “horrifying assault on a way of life that embodies decency, community, and friendship.”
The statement read: “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.”
It continued: “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. Kia Kaha.” — The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.”
The town of Christchurch has been visited by both couples- The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were last there in 2014, while the Duke and Duchess of Sussex — who are expecting their first child in April — recently visited in October 2018 as part of their 16-day royal tour of Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand.
Please keep the people of Christchurch in your prayers as they navigate through this difficult season. Terrorism is an evil crime and we pray for God’s peace to sweep over the country.
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