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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle demand world leaders share vaccine in New York


Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will make their first public trip since moving to California to broadcast from Central Park for the Global Citizen Live event.

In May, the Duke, 37, and the Duchess of Sussex, 40, acted as campaign chairmen for Vax Live, which Global Citizen says is “the goal is to build vaccine confidence worldwide and bring the COVID-19 vaccines to everyone, everywhere.” to get’.

And according to the organization’s website, the couple will attend the event in New York on Saturday, where they will “continue their urgent work with world leaders in the pursuit of global vaccine equality to end the COVID-19 pandemic for everyone, everywhere.”

It’s the first time the couple has appeared in public together since stepping back from royal duty last year and moving to California.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle make their first public trip since moving to California to broadcast from Central Park for the Global Citizen Live event

It also marks the return to work for the Duke and Duchess, who have taken several months off after the birth of their daughter Lilibet in May.

Prince Harry had his name in the light when he was greeted with wild cheers and a standing ovation from a frenzied audience during a speech at a star-studded concert in Los Angeles in May, while his heavily pregnant wife Meghan Markle stayed at home.

Harry told audiences of vaccinated frontline workers “everyone of you are awesome” before urging them to “look outside of ourselves” as he joined the A-list Hollywood celebrities on Vax Live — an initiative to empower rich countries. encourage vaccine sharing.

After an announcer read an introduction, ‘Please welcome Vax Live campaign chairman Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex’, the Royal Family took the stage for a rock star-style reception, with his name in giant letters on a flashing screen behind it. it.

Harry, who appeared in public for the first time since the funeral of his grandfather, Prince Philip, gave a five-minute speech calling for vaccines to be shared with poorer countries, which was regularly interrupted by more effusive cheers.

With a distinctly different accent from his previous queen’s English, Harry said, “We need to look beyond ourselves with empathy and compassion for those we know and those we don’t. We must elevate all of humanity and ensure that no individual or community is left behind.”

The Sussexes said in a statement earlier this year: “Over the past year, our world has experienced pain, loss and struggle – together. Now we must recover and heal together. We can’t leave anyone behind.

“We will all benefit, we will all be safer, if everyone everywhere has equal access to the vaccine.

“We must strive for equitable distribution of vaccines while restoring confidence in our common humanity. This mission couldn’t be more critical or important.’

Global Citizen describes itself as a movement of “engaged citizens using their collective voice to end extreme poverty by 2030”.

The website states: “Global citizens learn about the systemic causes of extreme poverty, take action against those problems and earn rewards for their actions – as part of a global community committed to lasting change.”

“Their mission is to build a movement of 100 million activist global citizens to help achieve our vision of ending extreme poverty by 2030.”

The royal couple’s appearance comes a week after they graced the cover of Time magazine when they were named among the 100 most influential people in the world.

Prince Harry and Meghan said they were “humiliated” to be the cover stars of Time magazine’s 2021 list in a feature that included an “awkward” photoshoot and a gushing tribute from a friend praising them for “giving a voice to the voiceless” and “run to battle” instead of living a quiet life in their California mansion.

The American publication released a glossy and heavily airbrushed cover on Harry’s 37th birthday showing the Duke of Sussex standing behind his wife with his arms on her right shoulder in the ‘icons’ section of the annual lineup alongside Naomi Osaka, Dolly Parton, Britney Spears and Alexei Navalny.

One critic claimed the cover photo reflected the power dynamics in the relationship, as Meghan stands in front of her husband tweeting, “Wow, this photo speaks volumes. There’s no hiding who’s boss.”

But Time photo editor Dilys Ng, who made the final decision on the cover image, said today that the portrait captures the “powerful dynamics of the Sussexes as equal partners.”

The pair responded to the listing of the world’s most eminent people with a message on their Archewell website that read: ‘Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, are not only humbled to be part of of this year’s TIME 100. by the words of friend and partner José Andrés, but also to Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala for the publication’s annual list of most influential people.’

The glossy photos of the Sussexes are accompanied by a profile, labeled by critics as sycophantic, written by their friend and chef, Mr Andrés, whose charity World Central Kitchen is loved by the Sussex and is financially supported by their Archewell family. foundation in India and the Caribbean.

He wrote: ‘In a world where everyone has an opinion about people they don’t know, the Duke and Duchess feel sorry for the people they don’t know. They don’t just think. They run to battle.’ Andrés said the couple are “blessed by birth and talent, and burned by fame”, adding: “It would be much safer to enjoy their happiness and remain silent. That’s not what Harry and Meghan do, or who they are.”

On the cover, Harry is dressed all in black and Meghan all in white on a patio at their $14.65 million mansion, then in green, smiling at each other and holding hands as they walk through their estate in Montecito, California. .

In another image, they are in matching gray office-style clothes next to a window in outfits chosen by celebrity stylists Clare and Nina Hallwroth, who recently dressed Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston, in photos taken by Serb Pari Dukovic. But one critic, a fellow photographer, tweeted, “Terrible retouch job. They look CGI’.

Others wrote: ‘This photo looks Photoshopped. Also the way they are positioned is very revealing: it’s the Meghan show and Harry is just the supporting actor. One critic said: ‘Harry looks very uncomfortable staring behind his wife like that.’

Actress Kate Winslet, often regarded by film critics as one of the “leading actresses of her generation,” and Ugandan-British actor Daniel Kaluuya, who played Posh Kenneth in the first two seasons of the British television series Skins, are the other two. Brits who are on this year’s list.


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