The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have sent their condolences to the people of New Zealand following the attacks on two mosques in Christchurch. At least forty nine people are known to have died after attackers opened fire at the buildings.
In their statement, the couples 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.
The words they have used to sign their statement, Kia Kaha, are Maori and mean ‘’stay strong’’.
The message from William, Kate, Harry and Meghan followed the publication of condolences from the Queen and from the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.
The Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Arden, has described the incidents as a ‘terrorist attack’ and called this one of her country’s ”darkest days”. One man, in his late twenties, has been charged with murder and will appear in court on Saturday.