Prince Harry, Duchess Meghan tour NYC, call for vaccine equity at Global Citizen Live show

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Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan have crossed the country to visit New York.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who currently reside in California, met Saturday with a top U.N. official amid the world body’s biggest gathering of the year.

The royals came to U.N. headquarters to speak with Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed. All three appeared later Saturday at the Global Citizen Live concert in New York’s Central Park.

“It was a lovely meeting,” Meghan said as the couple left the U.N. headquarters.

Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan leave the United Nations headquarters after a visit during the 76th session of the U.N. General Assembly on Sept. 25, 2021.
Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan leave the United Nations headquarters after a visit during the 76th session of the U.N. General Assembly on Sept. 25, 2021.

The U.N. said Mohammed commended the couple’s efforts to promote vaccine equity worldwide and hailed priorities they and the U.N. share, including climate, women’s economic empowerment, youth engagement and mental health.

The United Nations is in the midst of the annual General Assembly gathering of world leaders, though the couple didn’t participate in the speeches in the assembly hall.

Meghan has been involved with the U.N. women’s agency several years ago. Harry visited the children’s agency UNICEF in New York in 2010.

Meghan and Harry pressed for vaccine equity during the star-studded, 24-hour Global Citizen Live concert.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Duke and Duchess of Sussex, speak during Global Citizen Live on Sept. 25, 2021, in New York.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Duke and Duchess of Sussex, speak during Global Citizen Live on Sept. 25, 2021, in New York.

With the COVID-19 pandemic gripping the world, Global Citizen is calling on the G7 and European Union to share at least one billion COVID-19 vaccine doses immediately with those most in need. The show featured performances from all over the world. Notable artists participating this year include Billie Eilish, BTS, Demi Lovato, Ed Sheeran, Elton John, Jennifer Lopez, Lizzo, Meek Mill, Ricky Martin and more.

Prince Harry previously attended Global Citizen's "Vax Live: The Concert to Reunite the World" in May and gave an impassioned speech.

"This pandemic will not end unless we act collectively with an unprecedented commitment to our shared humanity," he told thousands of vaccinated healthcare and essential workers. He also noted the importance of worldwide vaccinations.

"None of us should be comfortable with thinking that we can be fine when so many others are suffering. In reality, and especially with this pandemic, when any suffer, we all suffer," he said.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle leave hand in hand after speaking during Global Citizen Live in Central Park on Sept. 25, 2021, in New York.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle leave hand in hand after speaking during Global Citizen Live in Central Park on Sept. 25, 2021, in New York.

On Thursday, Harry and Meghan met with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio at One World Observatory.

Meghan wore black from head to toe, including her slacks, blazer, turtleneck and heels. Harry coordinated in a black suit and tie. Gov. Kathy Hochul, de Blasio's writer wife Chirlane McCray and their son, Dante de Blasio, joined the royal couple.

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Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan visit the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York, Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021.
Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan visit the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York, Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021.

After taking in views from the 102nd floor of the observatory, Harry and Meghan made their way back down to pose for photos in front of the building, which stands near where the twin towers were destroyed by terrorists on Sept. 11, 2001.

They also stopped by the neighboring Sept. 11 memorial plaza. They looked out over a reflecting pool where one of the towers stood and visited the Sept. 11 museum.

Duchess Meghan reads from her book "The Bench," as Prince Harry (bottom right) and second-grade students listen during their visit to P.S. 123, the Mahalia Jackson School, in New York's Harlem neighborhood on Sept. 24, 2021.
Duchess Meghan reads from her book "The Bench," as Prince Harry (bottom right) and second-grade students listen during their visit to P.S. 123, the Mahalia Jackson School, in New York's Harlem neighborhood on Sept. 24, 2021.

On Friday, the two visited students at a Harlem public school, where Meghan read her children’s book, "The Bench," to about two dozen students who sat cross-legged with her husband in the play yard.

Duchess Meghan is hugged by a student during a visit to P.S. 123, the Mahalia Jackson School, in New York's Harlem neighborhood on Sept. 24, 2021.
Duchess Meghan is hugged by a student during a visit to P.S. 123, the Mahalia Jackson School, in New York's Harlem neighborhood on Sept. 24, 2021.

Harry and Meghan also donated two garden boxes filled with vegetables and herbs to the school after the event. Through their Archewell Foundation, in partnership with Procter & Gamble, they also stocked the school’s pantry with personal health and hygiene supplies.

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From left, Gov. Kathy Hochul, Duchess Meghan, Prince Harry, NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio, Chirlane McCray and Dante de Blasio pose at One World Observatory on Sept. 23, 2021, in New York City.
From left, Gov. Kathy Hochul, Duchess Meghan, Prince Harry, NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio, Chirlane McCray and Dante de Blasio pose at One World Observatory on Sept. 23, 2021, in New York City.

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Harry and Meghan have embarked on additional philanthropic endeavors in the past year, marking milestone moments by supporting charities.

For their third anniversary in May, they announced they were working with World Central Kitchen to build a new community relief center in Mumbai, India, which is dealing with the devastating effects of COVID-19.

When their 3-month-old daughter Lilibet was born in June, in lieu of gifts, the couple asked well-wishers to support organizations working for women and girls including Girls Inc., Harvest Home, CAMFED or the Myna Mahila Foundation.

For Meghan's 40th in August, she launched "40x40," an initiative aimed at pushing for people around the world to dedicate 40 minutes to support women's return to the workforce, many of whom have lost their jobs amid the pandemic.

The couple made Time's 2021 list of the 100 most influential people and posed together for one of the outlet's worldwide covers. In a feature story about the pair, José Andrés, founder of World Central Kitchen, praised the couple for not staying silent and showing compassion for strangers.

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Contributing: The Associated Press

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Meghan Markle: Global Citizen Live features Prince Harry on NYC tour