A heavily pregnant Duchess of Sussex has made her first public appearance since March’s bombshell Oprah Winfrey interview, speaking at the Global Citizen Vax Live concert, an event held in SoFi stadium in Los Angeles for a crowd of vaccinated care workers.
She looked radiant in a fuchsia Carolina Herrera gown with poppy print, accessorising with a ‘Woman Power’ pendant by brand Awe, her beloved Cartier love watch and a bouncy blowdry pulled over one shoulder, plus her new signature smokey eye. The choice of Carolina Herrera is a significant one, as she also wore the American designer when revealing the gender of her second baby.
Meghan began her pre-recorded speech by talking about the disproportionate affect of the COVID-19 pandemic on women, and in particular, women of colour, outlining issues including an increase in unpaid care work, higher instances of domestic violence, and a stunt in equality in the work place.
‘With the surge in gender-based violence, the increased responsibility of unpaid care work, and new obstacles that have reversed so much progress for women in the workplace, we’re at an inflection point for gender equity,’ she said. ‘Women, and especially women of colour, have seen a generation of economic gain wiped out. Since the pandemic began, nearly five-and-a-half million women have lost work in the U.S., and 47 million women around the world are expected to slip into extreme poverty.’
She went on to discuss how vaccine equality could help to rebuild the world post-pandemic, explaining: ‘If we work together to bring vaccines to every country and continent, insist that vaccines are equitably distributed and fairly priced, and ensure that governments around the world are donating their additional vaccines to countries in need, then we can begin to fully rebuild, not only to restore us to where we were before, but to go further and rapidly advance the conditions, opportunity, and mobility for women everywhere.’
She then spoke about the imminent arrival of the Sussexes’ daughter, who Meghan is due to give birth to this summer, and the couple’s hopes and dreams for her and the future of the world she will live in: ‘When we think of her, we think of all the other families around the globe who must be given the ability and support to lead us forward. Their future leadership depends on the decisions we make and the actions we take now to set them up and to set all of us up for a successful, equitable, and compassionate tomorrow.’
She ended with a rallying cry to community, and helping each other, as people have done throughout the past 12 months: ‘Across the world, we’ve struggled together. Now, we deserve to heal together. We want to make sure that as we recover, we recover stronger, that as we rebuild, we rebuild together. Thank you.’
Meanwhile, Prince Harry was in attendance at the event, where he also gave a speech, thanking the front line workers in attendance at the event: ‘We are at a defining moment in the global fight against COVID-19. Tonight is a celebration of each of you here, the vaccinated frontline workers in the audience and the millions of frontline heroes around the world. You spent the last year battling courageously and selflessly to protect us all. You served and sacrificed, put yourselves in harm’s way and with bravery knowing the costs. We owe you an incredible depth of gratitude, thank you.’
The couple’s speeches came just days after they urged the public to get vaccinated in honour of their son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor’s second birthday.
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