The prince spent a week in the city in May for his Invictus Games

By Simon Perry
Updated June 15, 2016 02:20 PM
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Prince Harry has written to the Mayor of Orlando to express his sympathy and support following the city’s devastating mass shooting on June 12.

Orlando hosted Harry’s Paralympic-style Invictus Games in May. He reached out to Mayor Buddy Dyer to offer his solidarity to the city that embraced, PEOPLE has learned.

His letter reads as follows:

Dear Mayor Dyer,

I wanted to write and express my most sincere condolences to the people of Orlando after the horrific attack on the Pulse nightclub on Sunday.

Having just spent time in Orlando I know what a warm and welcoming community it is. In spite of this senseless act, I have no doubt that the love and friendship of your city will remain strong.

I would also like to pass on my deepest admiration to the law enforcement officers who attended the nightclub during the attack for their extraordinary bravery and professionalism.

Our thoughts are with the victims and their loved ones at this most difficult of times. You are all in our prayers as you face the days and weeks ahead.

Best wishes,

“He was given an incredibly warm reception in Orlando and he wanted to write a letter to the mayor following the events at the weekend,” a royal source confirms to PEOPLE.

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On Monday, Prince William and Princess Kate visited the U.S. Embassy in London to sign a book of condolence for the 49 victims.

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Vigils have been held around the world for the victims of the attack.