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During their visit, Charles and Camilla laid a wreath at Kigali Genocide Memorial and visited a church outside the capital, where remains of victims are buried. The Prince of Wales appeared to grow emotional as he visited the memorial, which contained photographs and personal belongings from hundreds of thousands of Tutsis killed in the genocide.

Charles said, according to an official: “We must ensure it never happens again.”

CNN reported the heir to the throne was “visibly moved” as he was shown around the church grounds.

After laying the wreath, Prince Charles met with President Paul Kagame and first lady Jeanette Kagame.

The historic trip is the Royal Family’s first visit to Rwanda, which is a Commonwealth country.

Rwanda is one of few Commonwealth nations the Queen has not visited.

A note on the wreath honouring the victims read: “In everlasting remembrance of those who died in the genocide against the Tutsi. Charles Camilla.”

Prince Charles’ visit comes after it was reported that the prince privately criticised the UK’s plan to send asylum seekers to Rwanda.

According to claims reported in the Times earlier this month, the heir to the throne was said to believe the policy was “appalling”.

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He added that the Commonwealth can be “an unparalleled force for good in our world”.

Prince Charles last represented the Queen at Chogm in Sri Lanka in 2013, and in 2018 he was appointed the monarch’s designated successor as head of the Commonwealth.

The event is usually held in a different country every two years.