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Meghan Markle who is due to give birth to her and Prince Harry’s first child is now on Maternity Leave as her April due date draws near. After the horrific shooting at a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, however, the Duchess of Sussex took a day out of her maternity leave to accompany her husband, Prince Harry, in making a surprise visit to the New Zealand House in London.

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The couple met with the New Zealand High Commissioner to the UK, Sir Jerry Mateparae. They also each placed flower bouquets outside the New Zealand House building and signed a book of condolence to the victims of Christchurch, penning “our deepest condolences… We are with you,” followed by both their names and the Maori word “arohanui” which means much love.

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Meghan Markle appeared graceful as ever in a black coat, alongside Prince Harry in his signature navy blue suit. The couple walked hand in hand to the venue where they offered their condolences. They are also expected to have sat with the New Zealand High Commissioner to the UK to talk about the atrocity that took place and the appropriate response to the situation from the Commonwealth (of which New Zealand is a member state alongside 53 other territories formerly a part of the British empire).

A few days back, following the notorious Christchurch massacre, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, joined the Cambridges, Prince William and Kate Middleton in releasing a joint statement condemning the terrorist attack that took the lives of 49 innocent people in New Zealand.

“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. 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. — The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.”



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