After the city that touched his heart during last month's Invictus Games experienced the horror of Sunday's shooting massacre, Prince Harry has reached out with a letter of sympathy to the mayor of Orlando.
He offered his condolences to mayor Buddy Dyer after a gunman killed 49 people and injured 53 others at the Pulse nightclub in the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, a Kensington Palace spokesman confirmed to TODAY.
"I wanted to write and express my most since condolences to the people of Orlando after the horrific attack on the Pulse nightclub on Sunday," Harry wrote in the letter obtained by TODAY from Mayor Dyer's office.
Orlando was the site of this year's Invictus Games, an international, Paralympic-style competition for military veterans that was created by the 31-year-old royal, who served in the British army in Afghanistan.
"Having just spent time in Orlando I know what warm and welcoming community it is," Harry wrote. "In spite of this senseless act, I have no doubt that the love and friendship of your city will remain strong."
He also remembered visiting the city with his mother, the late Princess Diana, as a child.
"That was very happy memories, you know,'' he told Jenna Bush Hager on TODAY last month. "It's a huge shame that she's not here, but I hope she'd be incredibly proud of what we've managed to achieve."
Harry is one of several members of the British royal family to express his condolences to Orlando following the shooting. Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, signed their names in a book of condolences for the victims in the U.S. Embassy on Tuesday.
Queen Elizabeth II was also part of the worldwide outpouring of support for the victims.
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