The UN headquarters, which is currently hosting the world’s top
leaders at the United Nations General Assembly, had a couple of royal visitors on Saturday as Britain’s
Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, met a top UN official there
before heading to the Global Citizen Live concert.
The royals came to UN headquarters to speak with Deputy
Secretary-General Amina Mohammed. All three appeared later on Saturday at the
Global Citizen Live concert in New York‘s Central Park.
“It was a lovely meeting,” Meghan was quoted as
saying by the Associated Press as the couple left the headquarters of the world
body in New York City.
According to the UN, Mohammed commended the couple’s efforts
to promote vaccine equity worldwide and hailed priorities they and the world
body share, including climate, women’s economic empowerment, youth engagement, and mental health.
Meghan and Harry pressed for vaccine equity during the
star-studded, 24-hour concert. It features performances staged in locations
from New York to Paris to Lagos, Nigeria, and Seoul, South Korea. Global
Citizen began in 2008 with an aim to combat extreme poverty around the world.
“Global Citizen Live is part of Global Citizen’s 2021 global
campaign, a Recovery Plan for the World. The Recovery Plan focuses on five key
objectives: ending COVID-19 for all, ending the hunger crisis, resuming
learning for all, protecting the planet, and advancing equity for all,”
the organisation’s website states.
Elton John, Lizzo, Chloe x Halle, Demi Lovato, Stevie Wonder
Adam Lambert, and BTS were some of the artists who performed at this year’s
The United Nations is currently holding the annual General
Assembly gathering of world leaders, though the couple did not participate in
the speeches in the assembly hall.
Duchess of Sussex Meghan has been involved with the UN
women’s agency, becoming an “advocate for political participation and
leadership” several years ago. Harry had previously visited the children’s
agency UNICEF in New York in 2010.
Earlier this week, Harry and Meghan visited a New York City
school, the World Trade Center’s centerpiece tower, and the September 11 museum,
among other stops in New York.