Prince William has paid tribute to Nelson Mandela, describing him as "an extraordinary and inspiring man".
The Prince and his wife Duchess Catherine were informed of Mandela's passing as the credits began to roll at the royal premiere of his biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom in London last night.
Speaking after the screening about Mandela - who died at home in Johannesburg, South Africa, aged 95 - Prince William said:
"I just wanted to say it's extremely sad and tragic news. We were just reminded what an extraordinary and inspiring man Nelson Mandela was. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. It's very sad."
The Prince and the Duchess reportedly looked visibly upset as they left the cinema.
Mandela's family were represented by his daughter, Zindzi, at the screening, and it is believed she was told of her father's passing just before the movie started.
Earlier in the evening, she had told MailOnline of her pride in the film.
"It's something that makes me feel really proud, what my family went through and the role my father played has been recognised. It is a reward (for him)," she said.
Mandela was a friend of Princess Diana, whom he met during her visit to Cape Town, South Africa in 1997, just months before she died.
In 2002 Mandela paid his respects by laying a wreath on her grave in Northamptonshire, England.