Meghan Markle has spoken out on the "important" reason she decided to make a surprise visit to Uvalde, Texas, to pay tribute to the 21 lives lost in a tragic shooting at a primary school.
Salvador Ramos, 18, was shot dead during his horrifying rampage at Robb Elementary School – the deadliest shooting at a U.S school since 2012.
The Duchess of Sussex made a surprise visit to a memorial near the school on Thursday afternoon.
An Archewell spokesperson said it was important for Meghan, as a mother, to make the trip and extend her condolences and support the Texas community.
The mum-of-two was seen placing a bouquet of white roses at the gates outside Uvalde County Courthouse on Thursday (May 26) in a grey t-shirt, jeans and a black baseball cap.
Some royal fans on social media have been questioning the Duchess' motives for having a photograph taken at the site so soon after the tragedy.
One user asked why a simple public statement would not have been sufficient, and wrote: "Not Meghan Markle using the recent tragedy as a photo opportunity and PR. I could not think of one good reason why she would stage a photoshoot at a memorial instead of just releasing a statement— did she have to insert herself?"
US political strategist Arthur Schwartz was more scathing and mocked Meghan's thought process behind the decision, writing: "Hello, grieving people of Uvalde. Thank you for this opportunity to make this about me.”
A user replied: "She literally has no connections to Texas whatsoever."
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But others leapt to her defence and said it was fine for her to make the gesture, with one writing: "Maybe she just wanted to lay flowers. Not everything has to be political."
Ramos barricaded himself inside the school and died during a shootout with border patrol officers.
Officials said all the victims were in the same fourth-grade classroom
And it's now been reported that Ramos could have hinted at his sick plan to gun down the school in an aggressive rant after losing a violent online video game.
A male player has been reported saying that he would "shoot up a school" using an AR-15 reportedly disturbed one fellow gamer so much that she went to the FBI, The US Sun reported.
Threats reportedly started after the player lost the popular video game Dead by Daylight just hours before the abhorrent massacre at Robb Elementary School Tuesday, The Sun reported.
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