Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at the UN: the main talking points
Today, Harry and Meghan walked into the UN headquarters in Manhattan hand-in-hand looking cool, calm and confident. Harry was there to deliver a keynote speech on Nelson Mandela Day – a big deal for anyone, but it’s particularly significant for a royal who was once better known for his falling out at nightclubs than for his passionate interest in world affairs. Meghan, looking every square inch of the international diplomat herself, was there to support him, gazing proudly at the audience before they both made their way to meet various ambassadors. Angelina Jolie, devour your heart.
Across the pond, a few hours earlier, an excerpt from a salacious new book about the couple, Revenge: Meghan, Harry and the war between the Windsors by journalist Tom Bower, hit the presses in The Time. Coincidence or conspiracy?
The subject discussed in the new clip is the reaction of Harry’s friends to his new girlfriend Meghan, who apparently found her a “shock absorber” during a weekend filming party in 2017. Meghan’s crime? Daring to stand up to the “chatter” of the group of heavy drinkers, much of which was racist, sexist and transphobic. “Without hesitation, Meghan challenged every guest whose conversation contravened her values,” the book claims. “She lacked a sense of humor.”
Cue the “OMG, and HER?!” [sic] group texts when everyone has gone home. According to a daily beast article on the subject, “very few” of Harry’s former pals, mostly former classmates, are still in contact with him. Ask yourself why?
Harry and Meghan must be aware of these tweets, but it wasn’t evident on their faces at the UN today – clearly they had more important things to do. Here are some highlights from Harry and Meghan’s trip to the UN.
The Sussexes are currently at @UN #NelsonMandelaDay2022 commemoration in New York, where Prince Harry will deliver (in 20 minutes) a keynote address. Duchess Meghan joined him in a supporting role and the couple will take part in meetings with UN ambassadors later today. pic.twitter.com/wmDQHdXqid
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1. Prince Harry gave a speech to celebrate Nelson Mandela Day
With the only sign of slightly agitated nerves, a surprisingly tan-for-a-ginger Prince Harry addressed himself (or, if you’re The Daily Mail, “lectured”) a socially distanced crowd at UN headquarters. As far as concerts go, it’s not as random as you (or his nemesis, Piers Morgan, who tweeted “Why?” in reaction to the announcement) might think. There’s the fact that he and Meghan have met family members of the former South African president and apartheid activist on several occasions, including at a gallery exhibition celebrating the centenary of his birth in 2018. There’s also the Diana connection – the princess met Mandela a few months before he died in 1997, which Harry has brought up several times.
2. He has a picture of Mandela and his mother hanging on the wall.
“On my wall, and in my heart every day, is a picture of my mother and Mandela meeting in Cape Town in 1997,” Harry said in his speech, referring to a photograph Archbishop Desmond Tutu gave him. given during his visit with Meghan. Africa in 2018. (You will remember the tea party that little Archie was at.) “When I first looked at the picture, what immediately jumped out at me was the joy on the face of my mother. The playfulness, the impertinence, even. A pure delight to be in communion with another soul so committed to the service of humanity. He also noted that in the photo, Mandela was “always beaming ‘ and ‘brimming with spirit’, even after enduring 27 years in prison for his fight to end the racist regime in South Africa.
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3. Her “soul mate” Meghan encouraged her
Meghan received a shoutout from the podium, where while describing her deep connection to Africa, Harry said ‘that’s where I knew I had found a kindred spirit in my wife’. (In terms of husband points, declaring your love in front of world diplomats is up there, right?) For her supporting role, Meghan wore a black Givenchy top and pencil skirt (she wore the same outfit in dark green in Ireland back in 2018), black stilettos and a large Mulberry tote, which she’s owned since her pre-Duchess days.
4. There were thinly veiled clapbacks
Harry’s speech touched on many interesting topics: climate change, the pandemic and global wealth inequality. It’s also possible to interpret a few of his lines as, well, less universal to their audience. Take, for example: “We can find meaning and purpose in our struggles, wear our principles like armor. Or that Mandela ‘wasn’t perfect’, that he was ‘something better: human’, and Harry quoting him as saying, ‘I’ve made a lot of mistakes along the way’. It’s no exaggeration to interpret these feelings as a message to people who look down on Harry’s “woke transformation” since meeting Meghan.
Like, say, his oldest friends.