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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Made a Somber Visit to New Zealand House Today

The royals paid tribute to the victims of last week's attack in Christchurch, and signed a book of condolence during this afternoon's previously unannounced visit.
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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry made a previously unannounced visit to New Zealand House today, in order to pay tribute to the victims of last week's Christchurch attack. According to royal reporter Emily Nash, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were asked to make the appearance as they were the last royals to visit New Zealand.

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Meghan wore a black coat and heels for the occasion. The piece featured wide arms, and some detailing at the back of the neck. For his part, Harry wore what appeared to be a navy suit.

When they arrived, Harry and Meghan both took a moment to lay flowers outside the building—adding to an already sizable pile of bouquets. (Watch that below.) Once inside, the couple signed a book of condolence, and spoke to staff at the House.

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Last week, the royal family was quick to issue their condolences in the wake of the attack. Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles each sent out their own messages, followed by a joint statement from Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Harry, and Meghan Markle. Read their words in full below.

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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This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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