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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry faced an awkward welcome in New York City, according to royal expert, Charlie Rae. The former royal editor at The Sun told talkRADIO that the “glorified tourist visit” backfired on the couple. He noted that “hardly any crowds” showed up for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex when they were out and about in the major US city.
Meghan and Harry travelled to New York to attend last night’s Global Citizen Live concert to encourage vaccine equality.
The couple raised eyebrows after meeting with New York Governor Kathy Hochul, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, and UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed, despite no longer holding an official diplomatic role.
The tour sparked controversy since the couple no longer represent the Queen overseas, having left the working Royal Family to pursue financial independence in the US.
Mr Rae said: “This is not a royal tour, this is a glorified tourist visit.”
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He continued: “Three days in New York, and I think some of the media are getting overexcited.
“There are hardly any crowds there in any of the photos. There are more NYPD officers than anyone else.
“They are meeting dignitaries and staying at the lavish Carlyle hotel, but it is not a royal tour. They no longer have royal duties.”
TalkRADIO host Peter Cardwell asked: “Do you think the American public know who they are, care who they are, or is their star waning a little bit?”
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Mr Rae responded: “I think their star is waning a little bit, particularly in the UK.
“In the US, I think they are still quite popular. The Americans have always wanted their own royal family.”
The couple were expected to return to their California home after the concert last night after three days away from their two children.
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The aim of last night’s concert was to urge rich countries to share one billion doses of Covid vaccines with the nations that are struggling most with the pandemic.
Coldplay, Billie Eilish, and Jennifer Lopez were among headliners to perform in New York City, while Ed Sheeran and Elton John also performances at the global concerts.
In their appearance, the Duke and Duchess hit out at “ultra-wealthy pharmaceutical companies” for not sharing their vaccines.
Harry said: “Many countries are ready to produce vaccines back home yet they aren’t allowed to because ultra-wealthy pharmaceutical companies are not sharing the recipes to make them.”
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