Duke and Duchess of Sussex sign condolence book at New Zealand High Commission

Today, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex visited the High Commission of New Zealand, to sign the book of condolence.

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Last Friday, a right-wing terrorist used a semi-automatic weapon on Muslims at prayer in Christchurch, New Zealand. Since then, 51 people have been confirmed dead, with the youngest a three-year-old.

Prince Harry and Meghan were greeted by the former Governor General of the country, and now High Commissioner, Sir Jerry Mateparae as they arrived at New Zealand House, which is the country’s embassy in London. They shared the Hongi Maori greeting of touching noses and foreheads, before laying flowers outside.

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were among the first to sign the book of condolence, which opened to the public earlier today. On a single page, they simply wrote: “Our deepest condolences… We are with you.”

Beneath their signatures was the Maori word “Arohanui”, meaning much love. Harry and Meghan visited New Zealand in October.

Kensington Palace announced that the signing was on behalf of the entire Royal Family; The Queen and Prince Charles sent their condolences last week, and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Duke and Duchess of Sussex sent a joint letter to the people of New Zealand.

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The heavily-pregnant Duchess wore the earrings gifted to her by Jacinda Ardern on her trip to New Zealand last year. She is currently on maternity leave.

The couple, who are expecting their first baby next month, spoke with staff at the High Commission, with Prince Harry calling the event ‘very sad’.

Sir Jerry said of the visit: “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.”

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