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Prince William speaks to Christchurch Muslim leaders a year after meeting survivors of mosque shootings

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Prince William speaks to Christchurch Muslim leaders a year after meeting survivors of mosque shootings

Prince William has spoken with leaders of Christchurch’s Muslim community via Zoom to check in more than a year after the mosque attacks that claimed 51 lives.

Prince William speaks to Christchurch Muslim leaders a year after meeting survivors of mosque shootings

The Duke of Cambridge hosted a video call with the imams of Masjid Al Noor and Linwood Islamic Centre, members of the Muslim Association of Canterbury and local MP Dr Megan Woods.

The group discussed grief and healing, and the lasting effects the shootings had on the Christchurch Muslim community.

The Duke told the group he was proud of the response to the tragedy by the community and the New Zealand Government.

 “I’m really proud of all of you, the whole community and the New Zealand Government for how you have all dealt with such an atrocity,” he said.

“You are a role model for how something so tragic can be negotiated with the utmost grace and dignity.”

Prince William met with survivors of the attacks in April last year and visited the two mosques that were targeted.

He made a speech at the Al Noor mosque, calling the shootings an “unspeakable act of hate”.

He said a “terrorist attempted to sow division and hatred in a place that stands for togetherness and selflessness”, adding that “New Zealanders had other plans”.

“The people of Al Noor and Linwood mosques had other plans. In a moment of acute pain, you stood up and you stood together,” he said.

The man who committed the attacks pleaded guilty in late March, after having previously pleaded not guilty.

He is in custody awaiting sentencing.

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