The duchess — now living in her native California after she and husband Prince Harry announced their formal break from the royal family in 2020 — laid a bouquet of white roses near a series of crosses bearing blue heart plaques and the names of the 21 victims killed in the school shooting.
The AFP reports that Markle, 40, quietly walked around — her head bowed and arms crossed — the makeshift memorial situated outside Uvalde County Courthouse. The royal wore a baseball cap, jeans, T-shirt and sneakers for her unannounced visit.
A spokesperson for the duchess tells Omid Scobie, Yahoo News U.K.'s royal executive editor, that she traveled to Texas to offer the Uvalde community condolences while it deals with "unimaginable grief."
Following the devastating Texas school massacre which saw 21 lives stolen, Duchess Meghan has made a personal visit to Robb Elementary in Uvalde. A spokesperson says she took this trip to offer her condolences and support to a community experiencing "unimaginable grief". pic.twitter.com/JLel5f8Kib
— Omid Scobie (@scobie) May 26, 2022
Markle's visit comes amid reports that her estranged father, Thomas Markle, has been hospitalized after suffering a stroke on Monday.
Updated, 5:45 p.m.: This article has been updated to include a statement from Markle's spokesperson.