It has been a year and a half since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle became independent from the royal family and decided to start a new life in the United States. And six months since, last March, they granted a notorious interview to Oprah Winfrey talking about her problems of racism and mental health within the Windsors, in statements that made the foundations of the British royal family shake. But that does not mean that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have lost that charisma, the glamorous aura that surrounds them and that makes, whenever they appear in public, they remain the center of all the spotlight. Now they have done it in New York, on the occasion of a charity event to fight poverty.
The event will be a concert that will take place on Saturday, but since Thursday the couple is already in the city, and their stay there is being treated almost as if it were an official visit. It has been six months since she was seen together in public, more than in photographs, so the expectation is high, hence they gather photographers and crowds wherever they go. The couple travel alone, without their children Archie (two years old) or Lilibet (born last June) and stay at the Carlyle Hotel, which is said to be the favorite of Princess Diana of Wales, Henry’s mother, when went to the city. Diana used to sleep in the Royal Suite on the 22nd floor, which is nearly 170 square meters, according to Page Six. Prince William, Henry’s brother, and Kate Middleton also stayed in the same room in December 2014. The current price of the room suite room It is about 6,800 euros a night, although it is not confirmed that the Sussexes are staying there.
One of the first activities that Enrique and Meghan have carried out is to go to the One World Trade Center observatory, the tower that rose after the attack and the subsequent fall of the Twin Towers on 9/11. The couple were accompanied by New York State Governor Kathy Hochul, as well as the city’s mayor, Bill de Blasio, and his wife and son, Chirlane McCray and Dante de Blasio. In addition to climbing to the top of the tower to see the city below, they also went to the nearby 9/11 memorial, where they paid their respects to the victims of the terrorist attack that occurred 20 years ago, and stopped by the adjacent museum. .
The central act of his trip will be a charity recital called Global Citizen Live whose objective is to make the fight against poverty visible and promote the global distribution of vaccines against covid-19. It will be on Saturday in Central Park, and it will perform Coldplay, Jennifer Lopez or Lizzo. There will be a broadcast that will last 24 hours from different cities around the world. It is not known exactly what role the dukes will play in the entire show, but it is possible that they will go on stage and give a speech. Something that Enrique already did at an event in Los Angeles, California, in May, when he gave a speech in favor of vaccines.
The last few months have been fraught with controversy for the dukes. They have several open fronts, no longer just because of the interview with Winfrey. Shortly after that media bomb, another arrived, when Enrique made public the problems of drug and alcohol addictions that he suffered after the death of his mother. In addition, in April, the Duke of Edinburgh, Henry’s grandfather, died. He came to see her off at her funeral in Windsor, but without Meghan Markle, in an advanced stage of pregnancy at the time. It was there that the two brothers, Guillermo and Enrique, met again, although they walked separately in the funeral procession. It was his first public comeback in 14 months.
A few months later, in June, Harry and Meghan’s second daughter was born, a girl they named Lilibet. A name that is intimately associated with Elizabeth II, as she is called by her close associates in private. After the name was known, a media war broke out to find out if Enrique had consulted his grandmother to give the girl that name or not: while the duke says that it would never have occurred to him to call his daughter that without consulting the sovereign, from the palace they deny it. To increase the tension between the Windsors and their wayward grandson.
Guillermo and Enrique, estranged, only saw each other again at the beginning of July, at the inauguration of a statue in honor of their mother in London. A few days later Enrique made public that next year he will launch a memoir. The final ingredient to deepen the gap between the prince and his family.