Following the news that Archbishop Desmond Tutu passed away at 90 years old on Sunday, December 26, many members of the royal family, including Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Queen Elizabeth and more paid tribute to the late South African priest.
"Archbishop Tutu will be remembered for his optimism, his moral clarity, and his joyful spirit. He was an icon for racial justice and beloved across the world. It was only two years ago that he held our son, Archie, while we were in South Africa – 'Arch and The Arch' he had joked, his infectious laughter ringing through the room, relaxing anyone in his presence. He remained a friend and will be sorely missed by all," Harry and Meghan, who spent time with Tutu in 2019 when they visited with their son, said.
For her part, the 95-year-old monarch said, "I am joined by the whole Royal Family in being deeply saddened by the news of the death of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a man who tirelessly championed human rights in South Africa and across the world."
"I remember with fondness my meetings with him and his great warmth and humor," she continued. "Archbishop Tutu's loss will be felt by the people of South Africa, and by so many people in Great Britain, Northern Ireland and across the Commonwealth, where he was held in such high affection and esteem."
Princess Charlene of Monaco also mourned the death of her pal.
"My dear friend, you will be missed," she wrote. "I know that you are at our father's side. I will always have fond memories of us. And your laughter will remain in my heart forever. Rest In Peace. ❤️."
Many users took to the comments section to send kind messages to the royal, who is currently at a treatment facility.
One person wrote, "So very sad such a brilliant and kind man.❤️," while another added, "A great Man an Angel RIP🙌❤️."