Harry & Meghan in NYC Live Updates: Harry and Meghan 'Eager' to Promote COVID Vaccine Equity

Live Updates

Prince Harry and Meghan are resuming their trip to New York City on Friday after visiting the rebuilt World Trade Center's signature tower - One World Trade Center - yesterday. It is the first time the couple has visited the city since marrying in 2018.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex also met City Mayor Bill de Blasio and his family at the 386-meter observatory in the tower, alongside newly-appointed New York Governor Kathy Hochul. Meghan told reporters that "it's wonderful to be back" in the city and Harry said the trip had been "wonderful" so far - but the couple did not make any further remarks.

The couple are in New York for the Global Citizen Live event on Saturday, where the duke and duchess are expected to call for greater vaccine equity following criticism by the World Health Organization and the United Nations that wealthy nations are failing to provide enough COVID vaccines to poorer countries.

The live updates for this blog have ended.

Harry and Meghan reportedly checked into the Carlyle Hotel in NYC

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are reportedly staying at the Carlyle Hotel during their New York City trip.

According to Business Insider, the Upper East Side hotel is nicknamed the "Palace of Secrets" for its high level of privacy and is a common spot for royals, politicians and celebrities to stay.

Prince Harry's mother, Princess Diana, stayed at the Carlyle when she first visited New York City on a three-day solo trip in 1989. Prince William and Kate Middleton, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, also stayed there during a trip in 2014.

Duke and Duchess promise to do their part to promote vaccine equity

After meeting with "the foremost leaders on public health, pandemic preparedness, scientific progress, and community building" at the United Nations Thursday, Harry and Meghan said they are "eager to do [their] part" to promote COVID-19 vaccine equity.

"Today's meeting was a much-appreciated opportunity to learn from some of the most-respected experts who are working tirelessly to end this pandemic," they said in a statement. "Building on ongoing conversations we've had with global leaders over the past 18 hours, today further reinforced our commitment to vaccine equity. We're so encouraged by the spirit of collaboration we heard throughout our conversation and are eager to do our part."

Today, Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan—in partnership with @WHO (at their offices in NYC)—gathered world leaders, health officials and experts (incl @GaviSeth, @DrTedros, @ChelseaClinton and @MaEllenSirleaf) for a “dialogue on the urgent need to achieve global vaccine equity.” pic.twitter.com/HSHH2mUFX5

— Omid Scobie (@scobie) September 23, 2021

WHO director thanks Harry and Meghan for joining UN discussions

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus thanked Harry and Meghan for their participation at the United Nations General Assembly Thursday.

Harry and Meghan joined world health and political leaders to discuss ways to achieve COVID-19 vaccine equity and to address the root causes of other global health inequities.

It was my pleasure to join Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke & Duchess of Sussex, & a group of leaders in health, politics & advocacy to discuss the needs to achieve #VaccinEquity & address the root causes of health inequities globally, incl. poverty & discrimination. #UNGA pic.twitter.com/x5vAa1LWiX

— Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (@DrTedros) September 24, 2021

British tabloids differ in coverage of Sussex's and Cambridge's NYC trips

Newspapers including the Daily Express and Daily Mail have taken issue with multiple parts of Harry and Meghan's trip to New York City despite the couple being there for less than 48 hours.

The Mail questioned the appropriateness of Markle's outfit for her visit to the One World Trade Center and criticized how much jewelry she was wearing - but the same paper hailed Kate as "fighting off the gloomy weather" when she wore a pink coat to the 9/11 memorial.

Papers also took aim at the Duke and Duchess of Sussex over their decision not to bring Archie with them, but neither did the Cambridge's during their visit in 2014. The couple's Carlyle Hotel was also a target, with papers praising the Cambridges' choice of accommodation as "a favorite of Princess Diana's" but appearing to criticize Harry and Meghan for choosing a $1,300-per-night room.

What is Global Citizen Live and why are Harry and Meghan joining?

A 24-hour concert featuring speeches and performances from various artists, the event this year will focus on "the COVID-19 recovery, ending the hunger crisis, resuming learning for all, protecting the planet; and advancing equity for all".

Those joining Harry and Meghan include singers Adam Lambert, Billie Eilish, Demi Lovato, plus bands Coldplay, the Black Eyed Peas, and BTS. Many more artists will join in the concert, with live performances from Lagos, London, Los Angeles, New York City, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Seoul, and Sydney.

The duke and duchess will make a speech tomorrow from New York encouraging richer nations to donate more COVID shots to poorer regions. The event kicks off at 1pm ET tomorrow.

70+ artists. 15 cities. 24 hours. On Sept. 25, watch #GlobalCitizenLive — a once-in-a-generation festival to defend the planet + defeat poverty, featuring performances by @ddlovato, @JLo, @bts_bighit, @ShawnMendes, @coldplay, & more. Here's how to tune in: https://t.co/RPpffZHiHw pic.twitter.com/MBF3XdG8eK

— Global Citizen (@GlblCtzn) September 16, 2021

Harry and Meghan bodyguard 'works for Department of Homeland Security' - reports

A bodyguard who was seen protecting the Duke and Duchess of Sussex yesterday claims to work for the Department of Homeland Security, the MailOnline reports.

The bodyguard was spotted outside the Carlyle Hotel in Manhattan but didn't specify which agency inside the department he was employed by, leaving possible federal involvement in the couple's visit to New York City a mystery.

'Don't be a Jair Bolsonaro, be a Harry and Meghan': NYC Mayor's verdict on the couple

Bill de Blasio and his family met the Duke and Duchess of Sussex yesterday at the One World Trade Center, with the families seeming to get on well.

The mayor used a picture he took with the couple to encourage New Yorkers to get vaccinated, taking a jab at Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro, who confirmed earlier this week he is yet to get his first shot.

Don't be a @jairbolsonaro, be a #HarryAndMeghan. Get vaccinated: https://t.co/cNSZQW3Wf1 pic.twitter.com/apYm4QO15E

— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) September 23, 2021

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle today continue their trip to New York City ahead of a major conference where they will call for greater donation of COVID vaccines to poorer regions.

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