Prince Harry, The Duke and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex visited New York’s One World Trade Centre on Thursday – their first in-person outing since the birth of their daughter, Lilibet, in June.
Prince Harry and Meghan joined New York City mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor of New York State Kathy Hochul at the skyscraper’s observatory. One World Trade Centre was built on the site of the original twin towers and the visit comes just two weeks after the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks.
To mark the anniversary earlier this month, Harry and Meghan paid tribute by changing the homepage of the Archewell website to display the names of the almost 3,000 people who lost their lives.
The couple both donned black ensembles for their visit as a mark of respect, with Meghan wearing a high-neck sweater with trousers underneath a long coat.
The Duke and Duchess were asked if they were enjoying their visit to New York, with Meghan replying: “It’s wonderful to be back.”
The couple will also attend the 24-hour broadcast Global Citizen Live being staged in New York’s famous Central Park and around the world.
It is part of a number of shows being held in cities as varied as London to Lagos by the organisation Global Citizen, with artists like Ed Sheeran, Sir Elton John, Kylie Minogue, Metallica and Coldplay scheduled to perform.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have advocated for vaccine equity and urged people to support the Global Citizen COVAX campaign in honour of their son Archie’s second birthday in May.
Harry also made a solo appearance at Global Citizen’s VAX Live concert back in May. The royal spoke for three minutes about the importance of making vaccinations borderless and called for them to be “distributed to everyone everywhere” at the star-studded charity concert.
Ahead of their first appearance in New York, Harry’s sustainable tourism initiative, Travalyst announced that Google will be joining its coalition as a partner alongside existing partners, including Booking.com, Skyscanner, Trip.com Group, Tripadvisor, and Visa.