Meghan Markle and Prince Harry offer condolences to New Zealand terror victims

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have signed a book of condolences for the victims of the New Zealand terror attack.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are at the New Zealand High Commission on behalf of the royal family, to pay their respects to those affected by the atrocity that has claimed the lives of 50 people.

As they entered, they layed flowers in tribute outside the building in London.

The royal couple were welcomed by the High Commissioner of New Zealand to the United Kingdom Jerry Mateparae who gave them both the traditional 'hongi' greeting.

A Palace source said: "Harry and Meghan wanted to pay their respects in any way they could and agreed with Buckingham Palace that they should go and sign the book of condolence as they were the last members of the royal family to visit the country as part of their Autumn tour last year."

Meghan wrote: “Our deepest condolences. We are with you.”

Harry signed his name with “Arohanui” – Maori for ‘best wishes’

Victims of the devastating attack in Christchurch include a three-year-old boy, heroic parents, a talented sportsman and refugees who fled war-torn countries for a peaceful life.

Muslims attending Friday prayers at two mosques – Al Noor and Linwood – were targeted.

Police have charged a 28-year-old Australian man with murder.

The Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand has named the victims as 'martyrs'.

Meghan Markle , Prince Harry , Kate Middleton and Prince William earlier released a statement saying their hearts go out to the loved ones of those who have lost their lives.

They sent thoughts and prayers to everyone in New Zealand.

A joint statement released by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on Friday said: "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.

"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."

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