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Meghan Markle is spotted hand-in-hand with Gloria Steinem at Soho’s Crosby Hotel for lunch

Meghan Markle was all smiles as she walked out of Soho’s Crosby Hotel with political activist Gloria Steinem after having stepping out with her husband at an UN event.

The Duchess of Sussex, 40, grinned as she held hands with Steinem, switching her outfit from the earlier event held in honor of Nelson Mandela.

Both Meghan and Steinem appeared in Vogue two weeks ago in wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. 

Meghan urged men to be ‘more vocal’ with their anger and revealed her husband’s response to the ruling was ‘guttural’.

Steinem declared the day after the ruling that she would welcome women traveling to New York for an abortion into her own Manhattan home.

She donned a $1,590​ Givenchy patch pocket skirt when appearing alongside her husband as he featured as a keynote speaker at the UN General Assembly. 

Prince Harry waded into US politics as he blasted the ‘rolling back of constitutional rights’ during his keynote speech at the UN General Assembly for Nelson Mandela Day, in New York City.

The 37-year-old also claimed SCOTUS overturning Roe was part of a ‘global assault on democracy and freedom,’ as he also cited Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine among problems facing the world. 

The comments, heard by a mostly-empty room at the United Nations on Monday morning, were the latest broadside at US politicians.

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Meghan, 40, clutched the hand of her friend and fellow activist Gloria Steinem as they left Crosby Hotel after having lunch

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Meghan was all smiles on Monday as she held hands with Steinem, switching her outfit from the earlier event held in honor of Nelson Mandela

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Meghan and Steinem are seen embracing each other Monday as the feminist icon appears to get into a NYC taxi cab

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Meghan and Gloria are seen hugging outside a New York City cab on Monday

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She waved at fans who spotted her, and changed her outfit after attending the UN General Assembly this morning 

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Meghan sported a $6,900 Cartier Love bracelet, Princess Diana’s Cartier Tank Watch – which costs $23,000 – and a $3,000 Jennifer Meyer gold tennis bracelet

With her hair pulled back into a ponytail, Meghan looked typically stylish during the UN event Monday.

She wore a statement garment from the French brand, which she teamed with a simple black blouse, $725 Manolo Blahnik heels and a matching Mulberry handbag. 

Meghan previously wore the same skirt when visiting Dublin, Ireland, on July 10, 2018, but selected a dark green shade rather than the black version she sported Monday. 

She kept her look simple, forgoing a necklace and sporting only dainty golden earrings – however, she did opt for several bracelets, a watch and plenty of rings.

Meghan sported a $6,900 Cartier Love bracelet, Princess Diana’s Cartier Tank Watch – which costs $23,000 – and a $3,000 Jennifer Meyer gold tennis bracelet. 

As for her rings, she was seen wearing her $350,000 Triology engagement ring, as well as her wedding ring, and two Shiffon Duet Pinky Rings, which retail for $525 each.

The mother-of-two completed her look with a smattering of glamorous makeup – including a pink lip, rose blush and a smokey eye. 

She later swapped the Mulberry bag for a $428 Nia Wooden Beaded Clutch Bag, white blouse and navy skirt. 

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Meghan and Steinem (pictured Monday) spoke to Vogue magazine in conversation with journalist Jessica Yellin just days after the SCOTUS ruling

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During their Vogue interview, Meghan argued it was important to ‘normalize conversation about the things that affect our lives and bodies’ and Steinem told the story of her own abortion, performed in London, which she said allowed her to live the life she chose. The pair are pictured in NYC on Monday

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The Duchess of Sussex and Gloria Steinem are seen in 2020, speaking in a California garden

Meghan and Steinem, 88, spoke to Vogue magazine in conversation with journalist Jessica Yellin just days after the SCOTUS ruling.

Markle said that all men need to join women in the fight to protect abortion rights. 

‘Men need to be vocal in this moment and beyond because these are decisions that affect relationships, families, and communities at large,’ she said. ‘They may target women, but the consequences impact all of us.’

‘My husband and I talked about that a lot over the past few days. He’s a feminist to. We have to channel that fear into action. We can start this November in the midterms. We have to vote, every time’. 

Steinem, who was approached by Meghan in 2020, when the Duchess realized that she was sheltering during the pandemic near their California home, said she could confirm that Harry was deeply interested in women’s rights.

She called the pair ‘chosen family’. 

‘His reaction last week was guttural, like mine,’ Meghan said. ‘I know that for so many women right now, there is a sentiment of despair. But again, we have to band together and not wallow. We have to do the work.’ 

Meghan argued it was important to ‘normalize conversation about the things that affect our lives and bodies’, referencing her own decision to speak out in November 2020 about her own miscarriage.

‘This is about women’s physical safety,’ she said. ‘It’s also about economic justice, individual autonomy, and who we are as a society. Nobody should be forced to make a decision they do not want to make, or is unsafe, or puts their own life in jeopardy.’

Steinem told the story of her own abortion, performed in London, which she said allowed her to live the life she chose.

‘Here you’re talking to two women: one who chose to give birth happily, and one who chose not to give birth happily,’ the Duchess said. ‘And we’re both prospering because we were able to make our own choices.’

Steinem, born in Ohio, moved to New York in 1960, and in 1971 famously launched Ms. Magazine – the first publication to be owned and operated by women. 

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Meghan Markle showed she meant business in a sophisticated pencil skirt and blouse as she stepped out with Prince Harry Monday in New York City

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The Duchess of Sussex , 40, who shares Archie, three, and Lilibet, one, with the Duke of Sussex, 37, donned a $1,590​ Givenchy patch pocket skirt when appearing alongside her husband as he featured as a keynote speaker at the UN General Assembly

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The couple seemed in good spirits at the event, with Meghan smiling from ear to at her husband

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With her hair pulled back into a ponytail, Meghan looked typically stylish in her statement garment from the French brand

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She paired the look with a simple black blouse, Manolo Blahnik heels and a matching Mulberry handbag

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The pair shared an intimate moment at one point during the event, whispering to one another as she clutched onto Harry’s arm

Meghan and Harry arrived hand in hand Monday, ahead of his speech to delegates on climate change and poverty during the two hour meeting at the UN.

It marked the first time the couple have been seen in public since jetting to the UK to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee last month, where they kept a low profile.

Despite the event meant to be in celebration of Nelson Mandela Day, the Prince launched an attack on American politics during his keynote speech.

He said: ‘This has been a painful year in a painful decade. We are living through a pandemic that continues to ravage communities in every corner of the globe.

‘Climate change wreaking havoc on our planet with most vulnerable suffering most of all. The few weaponizing lies and disinformation at the expense of the many.

‘And from the horrific war in Ukraine to the rolling back of constitutional right in the US we are witnessing a global assault on democracy and freedom the cause of Mandela’s life.’

It is not the first time the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have waded into American politics, finding themselves in hot water after commenting on the US election.

During a Time 100 video in September 2020 they called on American voters to ‘reject hate speech, misinformation and online negativity’ in ‘the most important election of our life.’

Members of the royal family are supposed to be politically neutral, when they stepped back from their roles the Sussex’s vowed that ‘everything they do will uphold the values of Her Majesty’.

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Prince Harry told of his joy of seeing his mothers ‘playfulness’ in a photograph with Nelson Mandela in Cape Town when he met Desmond Tutu in 2019

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During his speech, to an empty UN, Prince Harry talked about the Archewell Foundation, which he and his wife launched after stepping back as working royals

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They clapped as they listened along to the speakers, as two winners of the Nelson Mandela Prize were awarded in person

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Harry and Meghan met with the President of the UN General Assembly Abdulla Ahahid as well as the two winners of the 2020 Nelson Mandela prize

During his speech Monday, Prince Harry went on to say a photograph of his mother Princess Diana meeting Nelson Mandela remains ‘on his wall and his heart’.

He said his mothers ‘joy and playfulness’ can be seen in the photograph, taken in Cape Town in March 1997, just five months before her tragic death.

Addressing the UN, Harry said: ‘For me there is one photo in particular that stands out. On my wall and in my heart everyday is an image of my mother and Mandela meeting in Cape Town in 1987.

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Prince Harry’s mother, Princess Diana, famously met with Mandela in Cape Town in March 1997, just five months before her tragic death

‘It was presented to me by the late Archbishop Desmond Tutu, whose friendship and inspiration were their own treasured gift.

‘My wife and I had the honor of introducing our four-month-old son to him in 2019. But when I first looked at the photo straight away what jumped out was the joy on my mother’s face.

‘The playfulness, cheekiness even, the pure delight to be in communion with another soul so committed to serving humanity.

‘Then I looked at Mandela. Here was a man with the weight of the world on his shoulders, asked to heal his country from the wreckage of its past and transform it for the future.

‘A man who had endured the very worst of humanity – vicious racism and state-sponsored brutality. A man who had lost 27 years with his children and family that he would never get back.’

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The couple walked hand-in-hand as they entered the event together

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Prince Harry is expected to talk about Nelson Mandela’s legacy, as well as lecture delegates on climate change and poverty during the two hour meeting

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South Africa’s UN Mission said Friday his remarks ‘will be around the memories and legacy of Mandela and what has been learned from his struggle and his life that can help up face the new challenges in the world today’

The General Assembly established July 18 – Mandela’s birthday – as an international day to honor him not only by celebrating his life and contributions but by carrying out the tradition of participating in a community service activity.

During the event the 2020 UN Nelson Mendela Prize was awarded to Mrs Marianna V. Vardinoyannis of Greece and Dr Morissanda Kouyaté of Guinea.

This prize is handed out every five years and recognises people who have dedicated their lives to the service of humanity.

Harry was accompanied at the U.N. by his wife Meghan. The former actress spoke at a conference at UN headquarters organized by UN Women on International Women’s Day in 2015, before her marriage to the prince.

In January 2020, the couple stepped down as senior members of the royal family and moved to the duchess´ native Southern California, where they continue to live with their two children.

Harry and Meghan visited South Africa in 2019 with their son, Archie, on their first official tour as a family before they gave up royal duties.

They then travelled to Canada for a family holiday, and planned their move away from the Royal Family – stepping down from their roles before moving to the US.  

Harry’s mother, the late Princess Diana, met Mandela in March 1997, just five months before her death in a car crash in Paris.

His speech comes hours after it was revealed in a new bombshell book that his Eton pals called him ‘f***ing nuts’ for dating Meghan.

Tom Bower, journalist and author of ‘Revenge: Meghan, Harry and the war between the Windsors’ says Harry invited Meghan to join him at Sandringham for his weekend shoot in 2016.

Their relationship had only just been publicly revealed, and the Prince reportedly invited 16 friends to join him over the weekend. 

They mostly included old school pals from Eton, employed by international banks and auction houses, who joined him for dinner, shooting and lunch with the Queen’s permission.

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Meghan previously wore the same skirt when visiting Dublin, Ireland on July 10, 2018, but selected a dark green shade rather than the black version she sported Monday

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The Duchess (pictured right) kept her look simple, forgoing a necklace and sporting only dainty golden earrings – however, she did opt for several bracelets, a watch and plenty of rings

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The mother-of-two completed her look with a smattering of glamorous makeup – including a pink lip, rose blush and a smokey eye

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The General Assembly established July 18 – Mandela´s birthday – as an international day to honour him – not only by celebrating his life and contributions but by carrying out the tradition of participating in a community service activity

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Meghan (seen at the even with Prince Harry) spoke at a conference at UN headquarters organized by UN Women on International Women´s Day in 2015, before her marriage to the prince

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In January 2020, the couple stepped down as senior members of the royal family and moved to the duchess’ native Southern California, where they continue to live with their two children

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Harry’s speech comes hours after it was revealed in a new bombshell book that his Eton pals called him ‘f***ing nuts’ for dating Meghan. The two are seen at the event 

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Tom Bower, author of ‘Revenge: Meghan, Harry and the war between the Windsors’, claimed Harry invited Meghan to join him at Sandringham for his weekend shoot in 2016 where she ‘challenged every guest’ who ‘contravened her woke values’

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Meghan ‘lacked any sense of humour’ and was a ‘dampener on the party’, Bower said in his new book, according to The Times newspaper. She is seen celebrating Nelson Mandela International Day at the United Nations on Monday

Bower’s bombshells: What are the claims in author Tom’s new ‘Revenge’ book

Tom Bower’s new book Revenge features a number of extraordinary claims about the Royal Family and Meghan and Harry.

The Queen privately expressed relief that Meghan would not be attending Prince Philip’s funeral, the new biography alleges.

Mr Bower writes that the grieving monarch told ‘trusted royal aides’ on the morning she was due to lay her husband of 73 years to rest at Windsor: ‘Thank goodness Meghan is not coming.’

The book also claims Meghan called her PR team in hysterics after Buckingham Palace reacted with ‘fury’ to her Vanity Fair interview about Prince Harry.

She had been ‘ecstatic’ when she was asked to appear on the cover of Vanity Fair’s September 2017 issue and do an interview with the magazine.

But when the magazine ran with the headline ‘Wild About Harry’ on its cover –  focusing on Meghan’s relationship with the British prince rather than her work as an actor, activist and philanthropist – Bower says the Palace was taken aback.

Within hours of the magazine’s pre-publication copies being sent to Buckingham Palace, Bower says Meghan phoned her PR firm and ‘hysterically’ told them of the Palace’s fury.

Harry invited Meghan to join him at Sandringham for his weekend shoot in 2016 – shortly after the pair’s relationship was publicly revealed.

The 37-year-old allegedly invited 16 friends, mostly old school pals from Eton who were employed by international banks and auction houses, to join him for dinner on Friday, shooting on Saturday and then lunch on Sunday after getting the Queen’s permission.

Bower says the Duke of Sussex was ‘looking forward’ to ‘endless banter’ with his friends – but Meghan, 40, was less than impressed and ‘challenged every guest’ who ‘contravened her woke values’. 

Bower claims the Duke of Sussex had been excited for a weekend of ‘endless banter’ with his pals, but Meghan, 40, was less than impressed and ‘challenged every guest’ who ‘contravened her woke values’

Meghan ‘lacked any sense of humour’ and was a ‘dampener on the party’, Bower says in his new book, according to The Times newspaper.

She also reportedly ‘reprimanded them for their jokes about sexism, feminism and transgender people’, with Bower writing that Harry had ‘not anticipated’ Meghan’s reaction.

He wrote: ‘She lacked any sense of humour. Driving home after Sunday lunch, the texts pinged between the cars: “OMG, what about HER?” said one. “Harry must be f***ing nuts”.’

Bower claims Meghan ‘reprimanded guests’ if they made the ‘slightest inappropriate comment’ and ‘nobody was exempt’.

The claims comes after it was revealed Meghan ‘called her PR team in hysterics’ after Buckingham Palace reacted with ‘fury’ to ‘her Vanity Fair interview about Prince Harry’.

Bower says Meghan was ‘ecstatic’ when she was asked to appear on the cover of Vanity Fair’s September 2017 issue and do an interview with the magazine.

But when the magazine ran with the headline ‘Wild About Harry’ on its cover – focusing on Meghan’s relationship with the British prince rather than her work as an actor, activist and philanthropist – Bower says the Palace was taken aback.

Within hours of the magazine’s pre-publication copies being sent to Buckingham Palace, Bower says Meghan phoned her PR firm and ‘hysterically’ told them of the Palace’s fury.

Bower reports that Meghan was furious that the piece was not more focused on her philanthropy but says this was due to the fact Vanity Fair researchers were unable to substantiate two key stories she had told about her activism as a young child.

After first discussing Meghan’s speech at the United Nations and a letter she sent to Procter & Gamble as an 11-year-old requesting that they change a slogan promoting washing-up liquid that was deemed sexist, she was asked about Harry.

As reported by Vanity Fair in 2017, Meghan said: ‘We’re a couple. We’re in love.

‘I’m sure there will be a time when we will have to come forward and present ourselves and have stories to tell, but I hope what people will understand is that this is our time.

‘This is for us. It’s part of what makes it so special, that it’s just ours. But we’re happy. Personally, I love a great love story.’

Harry and Meghan’s forays into US politics 

2020 – During a September video shot for Time 100 before the presidential election, Harry and Meghan called on American voters to ‘reject hate speech, misinformation and online negativity’ in ‘the most important election of our life,’ which was viewed as a not-so-veiled rebuke of President Donald Trump.

Critics of the formerly-royal couple’s comments included none other than her majesty’s family, who noted the Sussexes vowed that ‘everything they do will uphold the values of Her Majesty’ – values that are supposed to include not picking sides in political matters. Buckingham Palace was forced to distance itself from Harry’s remarks by saying that ‘the Duke is not a working member of the royal family’ and describing his comments as ‘made in a personal capacity’. 

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A Source close to the Sussexes also noted Meghan was keen to keep her American citizenship after she became a royal in case she ever wanted to go into US politics. The source told Vanity Fair’s Katie Nicholl that Meghan ‘would seriously consider running for president’ after she gave up her royal title.

2021 – Meghan is revealed to have been calling Republican senators on their personal phones and using her former royal title to urge them to vote in favor of a paid paternal leave legislation. 

 ‘This is Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex,’ Markle reportedly said to West Virginia senator Moore Capito. She also did the same with Senator Susan Collins of Maine. 

‘Much to my surprise, she called me on my private line and introduced herself as the Duchess of Sussex, which is kind of ironic’ said Collins.  ‘I was happy to talk with her, but I’m more interested in what people from Maine are telling me about paid leave,’ she told Politico.

She also submitted a 1,030 word letter to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi in which she made made a plea for the parental legislation. The letter was written on Duchess of Sussex letterhead. In the letter, the former duchess wrote that the US’s economic systems were ‘past their expiration date’ and ‘too many Americans are forced to shortchange themselves when it comes to what matters to them.’

2022 – In May, Markle chartered a private jet to travel 1,400 miles to Texas where she laid a bouquet of white ‘peace’ roses at a memorial to the 19 children and two teachers slain at Robb Elementary School by murderous maniac Salvador Ramos. She also made a surprise visit to a blood center with two crates of food and drinks for donors, volunteers revealed, as one admitted: ‘I had no idea who she was’ and another confused her with a neighbor.

Though cameras and news crews surrounded the memorial on Thursday, Markle did not make any remarks to the press. Then in an interview with Vogue following the overturning of Roe v Wade, Meghan also urged men to be ‘more vocal’ with their anger at the repealing of Roe v Wade and said that Prince Harry’s response to the Supreme Court’s decision last Friday was ‘guttural.’

‘My husband and I talked about that a lot over the past few days. He’s a feminist too,’ she said, adding ‘We have to channel that fear into action. We can start this November in the midterms. We have to vote, every time.’

Markle said she was willing to travel to Washington DC to join in on pro choice marches. Conservative Georgia congressman Rep.

Buddy Carter chimed in on Markle’s comments, saying ‘I think Americans made it pretty clear in 1776 that they don’t want members of the British Royal Family making decisions for them.’ In earlier in the spring, the Sussexes hired Miranda Barbot, a former aide to president Barack Obama who was central to his successful reelection campaign in 2012. 

‘Just like Madiba, he’s been through a lot’: Prince Harry is mercilessly mocked by South African newspaper for preachy keynote speech honoring Nelson Mandela 

 BY JENNIFER SMITH, CHIEF REPORTER

The choice of Prince Harry as the keynote speaker at the UN event honoring Nelson Mandela was mocked by many around the world, including a South African newspaper which sarcastically compared the prince’s plight to that of the civil rights hero.

Harry was invited to speak at the UN in New York City by the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the charitable organization run by Mandela’s family.

He was joined by wife Meghan, who showed up in a glamorous designer outfit worth some $3,000.

Harry used his 15-minute speech to lecture the sparse crowd on climate change, disinformation, the war on Ukraine, COVID and the decision by SCOTUS to reverse Roe vs Wade.

He might have resisted the chance to compare himself to Mandela, but South African newspaper The Sunday Times jumped at the opportunity.

In a column on Sunday, before Harry spoke, EditoR-at-Large Aspasia Karras wrote: ‘He’s in exile. Just like Madiba.

‘No, sorry, of course, he was imprisoned for 27 years on Robben Island. Same, same-ish.

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South African columnist Aspasia Karras pokes fun at Prince Harry in a column on Sunday, before Harry spoke. She compared Harry’s Montecito mansion to Robben Island and the icy treatment of Harry and Meghan by the royal family to the hardships of apartheid 

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‘He’s in exile. Just like Madiba. No, sorry, of course, he was imprisoned for 27 years on Robben Island. Same, same-ish. Harry is imprisoned in his gilded pleasure palace in Montecito with a podcast schedule and documentary team following him around,’ wrote Sunday Times columnist Aspasia Karras 

‘Harry is imprisoned in his gilded pleasure palace in Montecito with a podcast schedule and documentary team following him around.’

She labeled him the ‘self-styled Duke of L.A.’ and said: ‘Just like Mandela, he’s been through a lot.

‘As told to Oprah in his cri du coeur interview, his family and the British press have been giving him and his lovely wife Meghan such a hard time. All they wanted was to represent. And bring some fast paced LA management style to the fuddy-duddy palace.

‘You know what? They just had to leave. It was too much to bear.’

‘I think Harry is a perfect fit, what with the UN being such a very effective organization for world peace.

‘I’m really pleased he can grab hold of the global spotlight on such an important day, when we remember the sacrifices Mandela made for all of us and our rights. OK?

‘But especially for Harry’s right to a security entourage. That will show them,’ she wrote.

Other critics asked why Harry, who regularly uses private jets, had been chosen to give a speech on climate change.

‘Our world is on fire!’ he told the UN on Monday after arriving in New York City with Meghan, who wore more than $3,000 in designer clothes.

It’s unclear whether the couple arrived in New York City on a private jet.

Representatives for the pair did not immediately respond to inquiries about their travel, nor did spokespeople for The Nelson Mandela Foundation.

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