And the couple recalled their meeting with him during a trip to South African with then-baby son Archie, in what was to prove one of the the world-famous clergyman’s final public engagements.
In their statement, issud on Sunday, they said: “Archbishop Tutu will be remembered for his optimism, his moral clarity, and his joyful spirit.
“He was an icon for racial justice and beloved across the world.”
They added: “It was only two years ago that he held our son, Archie, while we were in South Africa – ‘Arch and The Arch’ he had joked, his infectious laughter ringing through the room, relaxing anyone in his presence.
“He remained a friend and will be sorely missed by all.”
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