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Harry and Meghan mark 9/11 and change Archewell website to remember victims

The royal couple blacked out the website with the words ‘In Memoriam, September 11, 2001’ which was followed by rows of names of the victims killed on the attacks

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have paid tribute to the victims of 9/11

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have paid tribute to the victims of 9/11 as events take place across the world to mark the 20th anniversary of the terror attacks.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have changed the website of their charitable foundation Archewell and have blacked out the homepage.

In a moving tribute, the site now reads “In Memoriam, September 11, 2001” followed by rows of victims’ names.

The attacks on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon cost the lives of 2,977 people.

Sixty-seven Brits died in the attacks in New York City and Washington DC – the second highest number of any nation after the US.

Harry and Meghan’s tribute came as events take place across the world to remember those who lost their lives.

The Queen also said the “thoughts and prayers” of the Royal Family are with those killed in the tragedy in a post to US president Joe Biden.



Harry and Meghan’s Archewell website displays the names of the 9/11 victims
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The Queen also remembered her visit to the site of the attack.

She said: “As we mark the 20th anniversary of the terrible attacks on September 11, 2001, my thoughts and prayers – and those of my family and entire nation – remain with the victims, survivors and families affected, as well as the first responders and rescue workers called to duty.

“My visit to the site of the World Trade Centre in 2010 is held fast in my memory.

“It reminds me that as we honour those from many nations, faiths and backgrounds who lost their lives, we also pay tribute to the resilience and determinations of the communities who joined together to rebuild.”





US President Joe Biden is due to visit three sites associated with the attacks.

He will go to ground zero in lower Manhattan; to the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia; and to Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where United Airlines Flight 93 crashed after passengers tried to regain control of the hijacked plane.

In New York City, the ceremony at the September 11 Memorial will begin with a moment of silence at 8:46 am local time (12.46pm GMT), the exact time when the first plane flew into one of the World Trade Center’s twin towers.

After that, family members will recite the names of 2,977 victims, an annual ritual that will last four hours.

At sunset on Saturday, 88 powerful lightbulbs will project twin beams four miles (6.4 km) into the sky to mirror the shape of the fallen towers.

This year, buildings throughout Manhattan, including the Empire State Building and Lincoln Center Plaza, will join the commemoration by illuminating their facades in
blue.





In the UK Boris Johnson and Keir Starmer have marked the anniversay by praising the “international resolve” which emerged after the al-Qaeda-led tragedy two decades ago.

In a message played in a memorial event at the Olympic Park in east London the PM said the threat of terrorism remained, but people refused live their lives in “permanent fear”.

“Twenty years ago, September 11, 2001 became, in President Roosevelt’s words after Pearl Harbour, a ‘date which will live in infamy’,” he said.



Nearly 3,000 lives were lost on 9/11 after hijacked airliners smashed into New York City’s World Trade Center and the Pentagon
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“On a crystal clear morning, terrorists attacked the United States with the simple goal of killing or maiming as many human beings as possible, and by inflicting such bloodshed in the world’s greatest democracy, they tried to destroy the faith of free peoples everywhere in the open societies which terrorists despise and which we cherish.

“And it is precisely because of the openness and tolerance of the United States that people of almost every nationality and religion were among the 2,977 murdered on that day, including 67 Britons, each of them a symbol of the eternal friendship between the United Kingdom and the United States.




Queen pays heartfelt tribute to victims of 9/11 with message to Joe Biden
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“But while the terrorists imposed their burden of grief and suffering, and while the threat persists today, we can now say with the perspective of 20 years that they failed to shake our belief in freedom and democracy.

“They failed to drive our nations apart, or cause us to abandon our values, or to live in permanent fear.”

The PM added: “The fact that we are coming together today – in sorrow but also in faith and resolve – demonstrates the failure of terrorism and the strength of the bonds between us.”




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