Meghan and Harry’s New York trip culminated with class yesterday as they attended the Global Citizen Live concert at Central Park!
Meghan and Harry arrived with class as always – a video from the arrival:
A closer look
Meghan and Harry were then transported to the stage in a buggy golf car – watch the clip below
The doors opened for the concert at 2pm with the concert kicking off at 4pm through 10pm in Central Park. All attendees had to be fully vaccinated and had to provide proof of vaccination to enter the outdoor event.
The concert was one of seven concerts located in Lagos, London, Los Angeles, New York City, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Seoul, and Sydney as part of a 24-hour broadcast event starting 1pm ET.
Meghan and Harry have been a big voice in the awareness of vaccine equality! In addition to serving as co-chairs of today’s event, they both appeared as co-chairs of Global Citizen’s VAX LIVE: The Concert to Reunite the World, which took place in May (Harry live with a speech and Meghan virtually due to a heavy pregnancy)
They have also been vocal about making it easier to access the vaccine and urged people to support the Global Citizen COVAX campaign in honour of their Archie’s second birthday.They also penned an open letter to the CEOs of five of the world’s leading COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers, calling on them to urgently share vaccines with the world’s poorest countries.
Meghan and Harry taking the stage
Getting on stage to a euphoric applause
“My wife and I believe that where you are born should not dictate your ability to survive. Especially when treatments exist to keep you safe,” said Harry to the cheering crowds.
“Look at us all here, 60,000 strong in New York City,” Harry began, asking: “Are we prepared to do what’s necessary to end this pandemic?”
Meghan then greeted the crowds: “It is so good to be back here with all of you.”
Meghan spoke about the basic right humans have to get access to the vaccine “Every single person on this planet has a fundamental right to get this vaccine. That’s the point, but that’s not happening,”
“And while in this country and many others, you can go almost anywhere and get vaccinated, billions of people around the world cannot,” she continued. “This year, the world’s expected to produce enough doses to meet the target of vaccinating 70% of people in every single country. But it is wrong that so much of the vaccine supply has only gone to just 10 wealthy nations so far, and not everyone else. It’s just not OK.”
“Guys, we have what we need to vaccinate the world, but the experts told us, here’s what’s getting in the way. They said many countries are ready to produce vaccines at home, yet they aren’t allowed to, because ultra-wealthy pharmaceutical companies are not sharing the recipes to make them. These countries have the means, the ability, and the workers to start manufacturing. All they’re waiting for is the vaccine intellectual property to be waived and for the vaccine technology to be transferred over. And by the way, many of these vaccines were publicly funded. They are your vaccines, you paid for them.”
The event was calling for wealthier countries to share their doses with nations in need – Meghan and Harry on the other hand called for independent international organizations to be allowed to determine where those doses are most needed.
“Just think about the millions of vaccines that have been discarded this year. That’s like throwing away life vests when those around you are drowning,” Meghan said.
“So, global citizens, we ask you tonight, do you think we should start treating access to the vaccine as basic human right?” Harry concluded. “When we start making decisions through that lens, where every single person deserves equal access to the vaccine, then we can achieve what is needed together, for all of us.”
You can watch the whole speech here
Meghan and Harry also introduced U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Linda Thomas-Greenfield to talk about the president’s recent commitment to sharing more vaccines with the world.
Linda used her voice to reiterate the call for everyone to have access to COVID-19 vaccines saying:
“As the Duke and Duchess said, we need to stop the spread and get vaccines to everyone. That is why President Biden announced this week that we’re donating another 500 million vaccine doses to the world. That brings our total donations to 1.1 billion doses.”
Meghan and Harry posed for a picture with her before departing
Artists from around the world came together for the event. Artists and advocates donating their time and talent to the global broadcast special include: Adam Lambert, Alessia Cara, Alok, Andrea Bocelli, Angélique Kidjo, Billie Eilish, Black Eyed Peas, BTS, Burna Boy, Camila Cabello, Charlie Puth, Christine and the Queens, Criolo, Coldplay, Cyndi Lauper, Davido, Deborra-Lee Furness, Delta Goodrem, Demi Lovato, Doja Cat, Duran Duran, Ed Sheeran, Elton John, Fatma Said, Femi Kuti, Green Day, H.E.R., Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lopez, Jon Batiste, Keith Urban, Kylie Minogue, Lang Lang, Liniker, Lizzo, Lorde, Made Kuti, Måneskin, Mart’nália, Meek Mill, Metallica, Mosquito, Nile Rodgers and Chic, Rag’n’Bone Man, Ricky Martin, Shawn Mendes, Stormzy, The Lumineers, The Weeknd, Tiwa Savage, Tropkillaz, Usher, and more.
After their speech, they were seen talking some to some of the other presenters, including Congolese-American retired NBA star Dikembe Mutomboz
And South African actress and UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Nomzamo Mbatha. Harry also met her during Vax Live in May
Nothing has changed
The wore the ‘San Gallo’ couture mini dress by Valentino
The dress is part of the designer’s new season collection. Crafted from virgin wool and silk, this shift dress is adorned with beaded embroidery and floral accents across the chest, sleeves and hem. It’s a timeless piece that I´m sure Meghan will find herself reaching for again!
More from Telegraph:
“The choice of designer was also consistent with the couple’s pro-vaccine equity message. Pierpaolo Piccioli, the designer at the Italian luxury fashion brand, recently introduced a hooded sweatshirt with a (V) VACCINATED print. Valentino will donate net profits from the £590 design to UNICEF, specifically the COVAX facility, “which ensures equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines by supplying doses to countries in need”, according to the brand. The hoodie has already been worn by Lady Gaga and some speculated that Meghan might wear it to Global Citizen Live.”
Meghan completed her look with her Manolo Blahnik BB 105 pumps in black satin
She carried a new bag from Dior It is the medium ‘Lady D-Li
The style of bag was named after the late Princes Diana.
More from lofficielusa:
“Given as a gift from France’s first lady Bernadette Chirac to Princess Diana in 1995, the princess immediately adopted the bag and ordered every available version. Thanks to Princess Diana’s status as the most photographed woman of her time, the accessory quickly became synonymous with the princess as she often wore the bag in numerous outings. Though Dior didn’t have an official name for the cult-favorite bag at first, Princess Diana’s contribution to the bag’s popularity prompted the brand to rename the bag in her honor.”
Meghan wore with Tom Ford Kenyan Butterfly Sunglasses
She accessorized her outfit with her must trusted pieces: The Cartier Tank watch – Princess Dianas, Jennifer Meyer 18k gold bezel tennis bracelet , Cartier ‘Love’ bracelet,
And her Cartier earrings from her wedding.
Leaving the event
Our beautiful Duchess
It’s been some hectical days for out duke and duchess! They kicked off their visit to New York on Thursday with an early morning visit to One World Observatory at the World Trade Center with Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Kathy Hochul.
From there they continued their day meeting with Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, for a private visit at her apartment
Their second day was spent visiting a Harlem Public School for an outdoor reading event
Meghan later declared it a “lovely meeting”.