Christchurch terror attack: 'Thoughts and prayers' from royals

More members of the royal family have expressed their sadness and shock at the terror attack in Christchurch.

"Both my wife and I were utterly horrified to hear of the most barbaric attacks on two mosques in Christchurch, which resulted in the cruel and tragic loss of so many people's lives," Prince Charles said in a statement sent to the Governor-General on Saturday (NZ time). 

"It is beyond all belief that so many should have been killed and injured at their place of worship and our most special and heartfelt sympathy goes out to all the families and loved ones of those who have lost their lives.

"This appalling atrocity is an assault on all of us who cherish religious freedom, tolerance, compassion and community.  I know that the people of New Zealand will never allow hate and division to triumph over these things they hold dear."

The Dukes and Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex - William, Kate, Harry and Meghan - put out a joint statement.

"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."

The four royals sent their "thoughts and prayers to everyone in New Zealand".

Queen Elizabeth II on Friday said she was "deeply saddened".

William toured Christchurch in the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake, which killed 185 people.

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