Royal couple Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had quite the somber outing earlier this morning as they visited the New Zealand House in London. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped out to pay their respects to the victims of the two mosque shootings on Friday, March 15, in the city of Christchurch. As a result of the tragedy, 50 people are dead and another 50 are injured.
During their outing, Harry, 34, and Meg, 37, met with the New Zealand High Commissioner to the U.K., Sir Jerry Mateparae. The duo also placed bouquets of flowers outside the building in memoriam before signing a book of condolence for the victims of the senseless terror attack.
Earlier this week, the parents-to-be joined Prince William and Kate Middleton in issuing a lengthy statement regarding the Christchurch mass shootings that was played out live on Facebook.
“Our hearts go out to the families and friends of the people who lost their lives in the devastating attack in Christchurch,” read the statement, issued by Kensington Palace. “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,” the statement continued. “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.”
The statement signed off with “Kia Kaha,” a Māori phrase that means “stay strong” that New Zealanders often use as affirmation.
Scroll through the gallery below to check out the pics of Harry and Meg during their outing at the New Zealand House.