Meghan Markle channels Kate Middleton with Texas visit after shooting – but no mention of sick dad Thomas

Meghan laid flowers at a memorial set up close to the scene where 19 children and two adults were shot dead by a teenage gunman

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Meghan Markle has channeled Kate Middleton as she made an unannounced visit to Texas following a fatal shooting that left 21 dead.

Wearing a t-shirt, jeans and a baseball cap, Meghan was seen laying a bouquet of flowers at a memorial which has been set up to honour the victims outside Uvalde County Courthouse, not far from the scene of the shooting.

At least 19 children and two adults have been reported dead after a teenage gunman opened fire at Robb Elementary School on Tuesday.

Meghan Markle
Meghan Markle
A woman lays a flower next to crosses with the names of victims of the school shooting in Texas
A woman lays a flower next to crosses with the names of victims of the school shooting in Texas

The gunman, 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, died at the scene.

It is unclear whether Prince Harry accompanied Meghan to Texas, but he was nowhere to be seen in pictures taken at the memorial.

The move was similar to one made by Kate, Duchess of Cambridge in March 2021, when she attended the vigil for Sarah Everard, a British woman who was kidnapped, raped and murdered by a serving Metropolitan Police officer.

The trip to Texas comes just days after Meghan’s dad Thomas suffered a major stroke that led to him losing his speech.

But despite his health scare, her sister Samantha Markle confirmed in an exclusive GB News interview yesterday that she hadn’t reach out to the family.

She then went on to defend her dad over the ongoing feud between Thomas and Meghan.

Samantha said: “No, and let me speak to something very important, my father has a huge heart.

“And even though he was not in the wrong, although I’ve seen trolls out there and people on social media saying he was bashing her in public, no!

“He was defending himself and he was speaking truthfully while still always reaching out to her, he wasn’t bashing her.

“The public didn’t know, he was responding to a media agenda, he was responding to paid PR that made him look awful.

“Even though she didn’t publicly speak out against him, neither did she advocate publicly for him knowing that she was being tortured in the media.

“So when he was speaking out and he had a right to defend himself, that is not bashing.”