The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were accused of acting as “heads of state” during their trip to New York which resulted in an appearance on Global Citizen where they talked about vaccine equity.
Royal commentator and author Angela Levin wrote on Twitter: “H[arry] and M[eghan] stand up to be as important as heads of state and heads of government. They are not.”
Other royal commentators have also criticized the royal couple’s trip to New York with royal expert Charlie Rae telling talkRADIO: âThree days in New York, and I think some media are hyped.
âThere are hardly any crowds there in any of the photos. There are more NYPD officers than anyone else.
“They meet with dignitaries and stay at the lavish Carlyle Hotel, but this is not a royal tour. They no longer have royal duties.”
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Royal commentator Richard Eden told the Palace Confidential podcast that the trip presented a “very delicate situation”.
âThis is the first visible example of them doing what I always said they would do and trying to establish a rival royals,â he said. âThese are the royals across the water and they’re going on this regal-style engagement to demonstrate it.
“What makes me confused why are they really wanted out there? I mean it’s an event about spreading equitable vaccine distribution and that sort of thing.”
Prince Harry, 37, and Meghan Markle, 40, arrived in New York on Thursday and settled into the lavish Carlyle Hotel, one of Princess Diana’s favorites. On their first day in town, they met Kathy Hochul from New York and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and his family at One World Trade Center. Later that day, they met Linda Thomas-Greenfield, United States Ambassador to the United Nations.
Commenting on the meeting, Thomas-Greenfield tweeted: âWonderful meeting with Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
âImportant discussion on Covid, racial justice and mental health awareness. “
Harry and Meghan then participated in a roundtable organized in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO) where they discussed vaccine equity with WHO Deputy Director General Stewart Simonson, Chelsea Clinton and Loyce Pace, the director of the Office of Global Affairs. , US Department of Health and Human Services.
The couple’s journey was reported on official social media from their private organization Archewell through which they run a charity, business and production organization.
After the roundtable, they shared on Instagram topics of conversation which included “the disparity in access to vaccines between rich and developing countries, public-private barriers to the global immunization effort, the role of the pharmaceutical industry and the means to “create more robust and precise products.” “Vaccine information. “
Prince Harry met with Angola’s President JoÃ£o LourenÃ§o on Friday to discuss mine clearance and environmental issues.
They also visited a school in Harlem with New York City Schools Chancellor Meisha Porter to promote early childhood education and literacy, where Meghan read from her book. The bench.
On Saturday, the couple met with UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina J Mohammed, where they once again discussed vaccine equity and environmental issues, as well as Meghan’s favorite cause of the empowerment of women and youth.
They ended their trip to New York with an appearance at the Global Citizens Live event in Central Park.
During their appearance they spoke again about equity in vaccines.
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In photos: Prince Harry and Meghan’s visit to New York