The Duke of Cambridge penned
a heartfelt tribute to Japan’s former Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, following his
tragic assassination on Friday.
Taking to his Twitter account,
the dad-of-three expressed his heartbreak, writing: “I’m deeply
saddened to learn of the death of Japan’s former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. A
true statesman and committed leader.”
Speaking of his personal
connection, Prince William added: “I won’t forget the warmth and
generosity he extended to me during my visit to Japan in 2015. My thoughts are
with his family and the people of Japan W.”
The Duke’s followers shared
their condolences, with one writing: “People in Japan are saddened by this
tragedy and huge loss. Thank you so much for your kind message.”
I’m deeply saddened to learn
of the death of Japan’s former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. A true statesman and
committed leader. I won’t forget the warmth and generosity he extended to me
during my visit to Japan in 2015. My thoughts are with his family and the
people of Japan.
Equally moved, another penned:
“I was shocked when I heard the news this morning… such a big tragedy! May
Mr. Abe rest in peace.”
Prince William’s emotive
message comes after the Queen shared her own statement earlier today. “My
family and I were deeply saddened to hear the news of the sudden and tragic
death of former Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe,” penned the 96-year-old monarch.
“I have fond memories of
meeting Mr Abe and his wife during their visit to the United Kingdom in
2016,” she added.
The royal met Shinzo Abe during his 2015 visit to Japan
“His love for Japan, and
his desire to forge ever-closer bonds with the United Kingdom, were
Signing off with a personal
touch, the Queen finished her letter by writing: “Elizabeth R.”
The former prime minister died
after being shot on Friday morning while giving a campaign speech for an
upcoming national election.
The suspect, Tetsuya Yamagami,
reportedly shot Shinzo from behind minutes after he kicked off his speech in
Nara, western Japan. Despite doctors attempting to save him with emergency
treatment, the 67-year-old’s heart stopped beating.