Meghan Markle Says 'It's Wonderful to Be Back' as She Visits New York With Prince Harry

Meghan Markle looked happy to be back in New York this morning as she joined Prince Harry on a tour of One World Trade Center.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex met with Mayor Bill de Blasio and the new governor of New York State, Kathy Hochul.

It's the first time the couple has appeared in public together since the birth of their daughter, Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, in June.

The couple's trip marks their first time visiting New York City together. However, Meghan had her baby shower for their son, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, in the city back in 2019.

The couple posed for photographs at the top of the skyscraper along with de Blasio and his wife, writer and activist Chirlane McCray. Their son Dante de Blasio was also present.

Asked by a reporter if they were enjoying their trip to New York, Meghan cheerfully replied: "It's wonderful to be back, thank you."

The couple's visit comes just weeks after New Yorkers marked the 20th anniversary of 9/11.

Dressed in all black, the couple visited the memorial reflecting pools at the site of the former World Trade Center complex.

During their New York visit, Meghan and Prince Harry will also be attending the Global Citizen Live event on Saturday.

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, visit One World Observatory on September 23, 2021, in New York City. Taylor Hill/Getty/WireImage

The couple will join the 24-hour global broadcast event live from the Great Lawn in New York City's Central Park, to continue their work with world leaders in the pursuit of global vaccine equity and the goal of ending the COVID pandemic.

The visit follows Harry and Meghan's TIME Magazine cover unveiling last week as the publication named them two of the world's 100 most influential people.

They said they were "humbled" at being included on the list.

"Each of us can change our communities. All of us can change the world," they said.

In the feature's write up, friend and charity partner José Andrés praised the couple.
"Springing into action is not the easy choice for a young duke and duchess who have been blessed through birth and talent, and burned by fame. It would be much safer to enjoy their good fortune and stay silent," Andrés wrote.

"That's not what Harry and Meghan do, or who they are."

He added: "In a world where everyone has an opinion about people they don't know, the duke and duchess have compassion for the people they don't know. They don't just opine. They run toward the struggle."

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Governor Kathy Hochul, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Chirlane McCray and Dante de Blasio visit One World Observatory on September 23, 2021, in New York City. Taylor Hill/Getty/WireImage