Following Kate Middleton and Queen Elizabeth’s excursion to open Bush House at King’s College this morning, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are visiting New Zealand House in London. Following the Christchurch Terror Attack, Meghan and Harry’s visit is to pay tribute to the victims of the tragic incident. The BBC reports that “Last Friday’s shootings at two mosques left 50 people dead and dozens wounded.”
Royal commentator Rebecca English reports, “The Duke & Duchess of Sussex have made an unannounced visit to New Zealand House in London to pay tribute to the victims of the #ChristchurchTerrorAttack . They will sign a book of condolence & speak to staff. They were asked to go by HM as they were the last royals to visit #NZ”:
The Duke & Duchess of Sussex have made an unannounced visit to New Zealand House in London to pay tribute to the victims of the #ChristchurchTerrorAttack . They will sign a book of condolence & speak to staff. They were asked to go by HM as they were the last royals to visit #NZ pic.twitter.com/KTCHMFvD1W
— Rebecca English (@RE_DailyMail) March 19, 2019
— Omid Scobie (@scobie) March 19, 2019
English also revealed that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex “were greeted with a Hongi by High Commissioner Sir Jerry Mateparae and Deputy High Commissioner David Evans.” Meghan and Harry visited New Zealand during their first royal tour together at the end of 2018, so they are well-acquainted with the country’s officials.
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For the visit, Meghan wore a pair of Aquazzura’s Savoy 105 pumps in black suede, and carried a Gucci Broadway clutch, per Twitter account @WhatMeghanWore. Per @MeghansMirror, the Duchess wore the Boh Runga earrings given to her as a gift during the royal tour by New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern.
Following the terror attack, several members of the royal family released statements. Meghan and Harry released a joint statement with Kate Middleton and Prince William saying, “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 to attend 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.”
This article first appeared in harpersbazaar.com
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