Prince Harry wrapped his Invictus Games in Orlando just one month before tragedy struck the central Florida city. On June 12, a gunman took the lives of 49 innocent attendees of Pulse Nightclub and injured 53 more.
A Kensington Palace spokesman confirms to Hello! that the British royal penned a letter to Orlando mayor Buddy Dyer to express his sympathy over the worst mass shooting in American history. Harry also offered his support for the city that hosted his second international sporting event — which sees wounded and ill servicemen and women compete to aid recovery and support rehabilitation.
A royal source told Hello!, “He was given an incredibly warm reception in Orlando and he wanted to write a letter to the mayor following the events at the weekend.”
The 31-year-old isn’t the only member of his family to pay respects to the victims of the gay nightclub attack. On Tuesday, Prince William and Kate Middleton visited the United States Embassy in London to sign a book of condolences for the victims of the tragic shooting.
It was a somber visit for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who were greeted by Ambassador Matthew Barzun. The couple signed the book, writing: “With our deepest condolences and with our thoughts and prayers to all those affected. William, Catherine.”
Meanwhile the family’s matriarch, the Queen, expressed her shock to the horrific attack on Monday. Her Majesty released a statement saying, “Prince Philip and I have been shocked by the events in Orlando. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who have been affected."