Prince William says New Zealand gunman failed to spread hate

Britain's Prince William, right, arrives at the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday, April 26, 2019. Prince William visited the one of the mosques where 50 people were killed and 50 others wounded in a March 15 attack by a white supremacist. (Joseph Johnson/Pool Photo via AP)
Britain's Prince William, left, meets Imam Gamal Fouda of Masjid Al Noor at the Al Noor mosque during a visit to the mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday, April 26, 2019. Prince William visited the one of the mosques where 50 people were killed and 50 others wounded in a March 15 attack by a white supremacist. (Joseph Johnson/Pool Photo via AP)
Britain's Prince William, left, meets a young Muslim community member and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, second right, at the Al Noor mosque during a visit to the mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday, April 26, 2019. Prince William visited the one of the mosques where 50 people were killed and 50 others wounded in a March 15 attack by a white supremacist. (Joseph Johnson/Pool via AP)
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, front left, leaves after visiting with Britain's Prince William to the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday, April 26, 2019. Prince William visited one of the two Christchurch mosques where 50 people were killed and 50 others wounded in a March 15 attack by a white supremacist. (David Alexander/SNPA via AP)
Britain's Prince William, center, leaves the Al Noor mosque, one of the mosques involved in the mass shooting, in Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday, April 26, 2019. Prince William visited one of the two Christchurch mosques where 50 people were killed and 50 others wounded in a March 15 attack by a white supremacist. (David Alexander/SNPA via AP)
An armed police officer joins in with a children's ball game as they wait for Britain's Prince William at the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday, April 26, 2019. Prince William visited the one of the mosques where 50 people were killed and 50 others wounded in a March 15 attack by a white supremacist. (Tracey Nearmy/Pool via AP)
Britain's Prince William acknowledges the crowd after visiting the Al Noor mosque, one of the mosques in the mass shooting, in Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday, April 26, 2019. Prince William visited one of the two Christchurch mosques where 50 people were killed and 50 others wounded in a March 15 attack by a white supremacist. (David Alexander/SNPA via AP)
Britain's Prince William, left, shakes hands with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern during a visit to the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday, April 26, 2019. Prince William visited the one of the mosques where 50 people were killed and 50 others wounded in a March 15 attack by a white supremacist. (Joseph Johnson/Pool Photo via AP)
Muslim women gather as they await the visit from Britain's Prince William to the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday, April 26, 2019. Prince William visited one of the two Christchurch mosques where 50 people were killed and 50 others wounded in a March 15 attack by a white supremacist. (David Alexander/SNPA via AP)
Under tight police security, families arrive for Britain's Prince William visit to the Al Noor mosque, one of the two involved in the mass shootings, in Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday, April 26, 2019. Prince William visited one of the two Christchurch mosques where 50 people were killed and 50 others wounded in a March 15 attack by a white supremacist. (David Alexander/SNPA via AP)
Britain's Prince William, top left, is farewelled by Imam Gamal Fouda after his visit to the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday, April 26, 2019. Prince William visited the one of the mosques where 50 people were killed and 50 others wounded in a March 15 attack by a white supremacist. (Tracey Nearmy/Pool via AP)
Britain's Prince William, center left, acknowledges the crowd after visiting the Al Noor mosque, one of the mosques in the mass shooting, in Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday, April 26, 2019. Prince William visited one of the two Christchurch mosques where 50 people were killed and 50 others wounded in a March 15 attack by a white supremacist. (David Alexander/SNPA via AP)
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, center, waits for the arrival of Britain's Prince William at the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday, April 26, 2019. Prince William visited the one of the mosques where 50 people were killed and 50 others wounded in a March 15 attack by a white supremacist. (Joseph Johnson/Pool Photo via AP)
A woman walks past an armed police officer at the Al Noor mosque during a visit to the mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday, April 26, 2019. Britain's Prince William visited the one of the mosques where 50 people were killed and 50 others wounded in a March 15 attack by a white supremacist. (Joseph Johnson/Pool Photo via AP)
Britain's Prince William, left, speaks with Imam Gamel Fouda as he departs the Al Noor mosque, one of the mosques in the mass shooting, in Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday, April 26, 2019. Prince William visited one of the two Christchurch mosques where 50 people were killed and 50 others wounded in a March 15 attack by a white supremacist. (David Alexander/SNPA via AP)
Britain's Prince William, second left, and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, center, arrive at the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday, April 26, 2019. Prince William visited the one of the mosques where 50 people were killed and 50 others wounded in a March 15 attack by a white supremacist. (Tracey Nearmy/Pool Photo via AP)
Britain's Prince William, back right, meets members of the Muslim community at the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday, April 26, 2019. Prince William visited the one of the mosques where 50 people were killed and 50 others wounded in a March 15 attack by a white supremacist. (Tracey Nearmy/Pool Photo via AP)

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Britain's Prince William on Friday visited the two mosques where a gunman last month killed 50 people and said the white supremacist accused of the massacre had failed in his mission to spread hate.

The Duke of Cambridge spoke to about 100 people at the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, including survivors of the shootings, Muslim leaders and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

"Tragedy unfolded in this room. A terrorist attempted to sow division and hatred in a place that stands for togetherness and selflessness," the prince said. "He thought he could redefine what this place was. I'm here to help you show the world that he failed."

The prince said he'd been visiting New Zealand since before he could walk, and he'd always been impressed by the way New Zealanders looked out to the world with optimism.

"I could not believe the news that I was hearing on the 15th of March, in a country that seemed to be bucking the global trends of division and anger," William said.

But New Zealand didn't fall victim to fear and distrust as the terrorist wanted, William said.

"New Zealanders had other plans. The people of Al Noor and Linwood mosques had other plans," he said. "In a moment of acute pain, you stood up, and you stood together."

William did not name the accused gunman, a practice Ardern and others have followed in an attempt to deny him notoriety.

Ardern told reporters it was significant that such an important member of the royal family had cancelled other engagements and come to New Zealand personally to pay his respects.

William also visited the Linwood mosque and met with some of those recovering from gunshot wounds at Christchurch Hospital. As well as the 50 who died in the attacks, another 50 were wounded.

The prince also laid a wreath at a memorial wall built to commemorate the 185 people in Christchurch who died in a 2011 earthquake.

The prince was on a two-day trip to New Zealand. On Thursday, he met with police officers and medics who responded to the attacks. He also attended a service in Auckland to commemorate soldiers killed during World War I.

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