Christchurch Terror Attack: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle step out to pay their respects to victims

Publish Date
Wednesday, 20 March 2019, 10:10AM

Today Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stepped out on behalf of the royal family to pay tribute to the 50 victims of the Christchurch terror attack.

Signing a book of condolence at the New Zealand House in London, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex wrote: "Our deepest condolences ... We are with you".

During the visit, the pair greeted delegates with a hongi before signing off their message with the word "arohanui", which loosely translates to "much love".

Dressed solemnly in black, the royal couple also laid floral bouquets and quietly read other tributes left behind by members of the public.

According to reports, Meghan - who is due to give birth to her first child this April - told the High Commissioner of New Zealand, Sir Jerry Mateparae, she was "just devastated" by the massacre.

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Harry added: "It's just very sad."

Mateparae said: "We are overwhelmed by the tremendous amount of support we've received from across the UK.

"Their Royal Highness's visit is reflective of this outpouring of support and it was wonderful to welcome them to New Zealand House."

As a special tribute, the 37-year-old former actress wore a pair of earrings featuring a crossed-feathers design given to her by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.