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

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

In May, the Duke, 37, and Duchess, 40, acted as Campaign Chairs of Vax Live, which ‘aims to inspire vaccine confidence worldwide and help get the COVID-19 vaccines to everyone, everywhere’ – according to Global Citizen.  

And according to the Global Citizen Live 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 equity to end the COVID-19 pandemic for everyone, everywhere.’

It marks the first occasion the couple have appeared in public together since stepping back from royal duty and moving to California last year.  

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

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

Prince Harry had his name in lights as he was greeted with wild cheers and a standing ovation by a rapturous crowd 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 the audience of vaccinated frontline workers ‘every single one of you are awesome’ before urging them to ‘look beyond ourselves’ as he joined A-list Hollywood celebrities at Vax Live – an initiative to encourage rich countries to share vaccines.

After an announcer read out an introduction, ‘Please welcome Vax Live campaign chair Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex’, the royal walked onto the stage to a rock star-style reception, with his name beamed in giant letters on a flashing screen behind him.

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

Speaking in a markedly different accent than his previous Queen’s English, Harry said: ‘We must look beyond ourselves with empathy and compassion for those we know, and those we don’t. We need to lift up all of humanity and make sure that no person 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 need to recover and heal – together. We can’t leave anyone behind.

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

‘We must pursue equitable vaccine distribution, and in that, restore faith in our common humanity. This mission couldn’t be more critical or important.’ 

Global Citizen describes itself as a movement of ‘engaged citizens who are using their collective voice to end extreme poverty by 2030’.

Its website states: ‘Global Citizens learn about the systemic causes of extreme poverty, take action on those issues, and earn rewards for their actions — as part of a global community committed to lasting change.’

‘Their mission is to build a movement of 100M action-taking Global Citizens to help achieve our vision of ending extreme poverty by 2030.’

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