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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry shocked by the death of their friend and Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu


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Tributes continue to pour in from around the world after the news of the death of Desmond Tutu, the renowned South African archbishop, on Sunday, December 26. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry hailed the memory of an “icon of racial justice loved around the world.”

Since this Sunday, December 26 and the announcement of the death of Desmond Tutu, personalities from around the world pay tribute to the South African archbishop, an icon of the fight against apartheid. After Princess Charlene of Monaco, Queen Elizabeth II or Emmanuel Macron, Meghan Markle and her husband, Prince Harry, also saluted the memory of the one who had received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984.

“Archbishop Tutu will be remembered for his optimism, moral clarity and joyful spirit. He was an icon of racial justice loved around the world,” they wrote in a statement echoed on Twitter by royal family expert Omid Scobie. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex also recalled the last time they crossed paths with Desmond Tutu: “Only two years ago he was holding our son, Archie, while we were in South Africa. Arch and the Ark, he joked, his infectious laughter echoing through the room, relaxing anyone in his presence.” He concluded, “He remained a friend and will be greatly missed by all.”

Archie’s first official engagement

In September 2019, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry had visited South Africa with their son, Archie. The meeting with the South African archbishop, the first black man to hold this office, will remain engraved in the memory of the couple especially since it was, at the time, the participation of their eldest son in his first official engagement. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex had also published pictures of this symbolic meeting on their Instagram page where Internet users could see Archie, who did not seem absolutely impressed by the situation.

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