Prince Charles has said he and his wife, Camilla, were “enormously touched” to have met the family of murdered primary school teacher Ashling Murphy.
The couple are on a three day tour of the island of Ireland to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee.
“With profound sorrow, and sympathy, perhaps I might be permitted to pay a tribute to Ashling Murphy whose name will not be forgotten [and] who was taken from us far too soon,” His Royal Highness told people at the Brú Ború Cultural Centre in Tipperary.
“My wife and I were so enormously touched to have been able to meet her family and our most special heartfelt thoughts are with them.”
In 2016 Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall met Diana Parkes, the mother of Joanna Simpson, a woman who was killed within earshot of her two children. The meeting had a profound impact on the Duchess who promised Mrs Parkes that she would do "anything I can" to help.
Since then she has often spoken about violence against women and last month she told the BBC that she will use her future title of Queen to campaign and speak out on the issue:
"Of course it's a great honour, it couldn't be anything else. But it does help it. I'm going to keep up with these causes," she said.
"You know if I start something like this, I'm not going to give up mid-channel, I'm just going to keep going to try and help people like Diana.
“I hope I should be doing it for a lifetime."
Main image: Prince Charles and Camilla attend a reception at Victoria Gallery and Museum, University of Liverpool, to celebrate his and Irish President Michael D Higgins' joint patronage of the Liverpool Institute of Irish Studies. Picture by: Peter Byrne/PA Wire/PA Images