After the death of Desmond Tutu, the South African princess paid a heartfelt tribute to the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize winner.
Tributes rained down from around the world to celebrate the memory of Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize winner in 1984. The former South African archbishop died this Sunday, December 26, at the age of 90. Among those who mourned him, Charlene of Monaco, who worked with him in South Africa. The princess published a tender message to him on her Instagram account, accompanied by a photo of the two personalities. “My dear friend, we will miss you,” she wrote. I know you are by our dads side. I will always have fond memories of us. And your laughter will remain in my heart forever. Rest in peace.”
The former Anglican archbishop was an icon in the struggle against apartheid. Mamphela Ramphele, acting chair of the Archbishop Desmond Tutu IP Trust and coordinator of the archbishop’s office, spoke on behalf of the Tutu family and said via a statement, “Finally, at the age of 90, he passed away peacefully at the Oasis Frail Care Centre in Cape Town this morning.”
Tributes from around the world
Tributes to Desmond Tutu abounded from around the world, starting with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, who glorified a “patriot without equal,” “a man of extraordinary intelligence, integrity and invincibility against the forces of apartheid” but “also tender and vulnerable in his compassion.” Emmanuel Macron recalled on Twitter that Desmond Tutu had dedicated “his life to human rights and the equality of peoples,” before adding, “His fight for the end of apartheid and South African reconciliation will remain in our memories.”
Queen Elizabeth II also rushed to send her condolences, assuring that she remembers “with emotion [her] meetings with him, his great warmth and humor.” “The loss of Archbishop Tutu will be felt by the people of South Africa and by so many in Britain, Northern Ireland and across the Commonwealth,” the monarch added.
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