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Prince William, Duchess of Cambridge 'shocked and saddened' by Manchester attack

British royal family members sent their condolences after being "shocked and saddened" by the suicide bombing after an Ariana Grande concert.
/ Source: TODAY

Prince William has expressed his condolences to the victims and their families after Monday night's suicide attack following an Ariana Grande concert, saying he is "shocked and saddened" by the deadly bombing.

Speaking on behalf of his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, and younger brother, Prince Harry, William issued a statement saying that "hundreds of friends, parents, children and partners are confronting unimaginable grief today, and we send our thoughts to them all."

The 34-year-old father of two also thanked the people of Manchester, England, the site of the bombing, for their strength, decency and community.

The suicide attack at Manchester Arena by a lone male bomber killed 22 people, including an 8-year-old girl, and injured 59 others, according to officials. Grande wrote that she is "broken" and has "no words" in the wake of the attack.

William, Kate and Harry were joined by other members of the British royal family in expressing their sympathies.

Queen Elizabeth II issued a statement thanking the first responders and the people of Manchester while sending out her condolences after an "act of barbarity."

"I know I speak for everyone in expressing my deepest sympathy to all who have been affected by this dreadful event and especially to the families and friends of those who have died or were injured,'' she said.

Prince Charles also issued a statement, saying that he and his wife are filled with "intense sadness" over the "appalling atrocity."

"Words cannot adequately express what so many families must be feeling at this incredibly difficult time and our most heartfelt sympathy is with all those who have so tragically lost loved ones or who have been affected in some way,'' he said.


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