The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are continuing their New York trip with a surprise visit to a particularly excited audience. This morning, the royal couple ventured to elementary school P.S. 123 Mahalia Jackson in Harlem. Harry and Meghan read the Duchess's book, The Bench, to a class of second graders and saw a mural painted by fourth and fifth grade students. The Duke and Duchess discussed the school's literacy efforts and also donated two garden boxes filled with vegetables and herbs to support the school's work promoting healthy and fresh food in the community.
For the day's first outing, the Duchess wore a red suit, featuring a matching top. She paired the look with pointed toe pumps and wore her hair in loose waves.
This weekend's New York visit is the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's first trip of this kind—with formal meetings and public visits—since they stepped back from their royal roles. The couple has not traveled much lately, given the pandemic and the birth of their second child, daughter Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor in June.
Meghan and Harry are in New York mainly to participate in Global Citizen Live, a concert aiming to promote equal access to the Covid vaccine. The event will be held in Central Park on Saturday, and feature a whole host of big names, including Elton John, Lorde, Billie Eilish, and Jennifer Lopez. However, the couple is also making a few other stops along the way, prior to the Saturday event.
Yesterday, the Duke and Duchess visited the One World Trade Center observatory and 9/11 memorial, accompanied by New York Governor Kathy Hochul, Mayor Bill De Blasio, and De Blasio's wife and son, Chirlane McCray and Dante de Blasio. Later in the day, Meghan and Harry met with UN Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield. They also attended a meeting at the World Health Organization offices, where they spoke with a group of, according to a press release, "NGOs, executives, experts, public health officials, and world leaders for a joint dialogue on achieving shared global COVID-19 vaccine equity goals." Chelsea Clinton was one of the in-person attendees at the gathering, representing the Clinton Foundation.
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