Meghan and Harry travelled to New York for the Global Citizen Live concert to encourage vaccine equality – with The tour sparking controversy since the couple no longer represent the Queen overseas, having left the working Royal Family
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry faced an awkward welcome in New York City as police officers reportedly outnumbered any fans, a royal commentator claims.
Meghan and Harry travelled to New York for the Global Citizen Live concert to encourage vaccine equality.
But according to, Charlie Rae, the “glorified tourist visit” backfired on the couple.
He said that “hardly any crowds” showed up for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex when they were out and about in the major US city.
The tour sparked controversy since the couple no longer represent the Queen overseas, having left the working Royal Family to pursue financial independence in the US.
Mr Rae told talkRADIO: “This is not a royal tour, this is a glorified tourist visit.”
“Three days in New York, and I think some of the media are getting overexcited.
“There are hardly any crowds there in any of the photos. There are more NYPD officers than anyone else.
“They are meeting dignitaries and staying at the lavish Carlyle hotel, but it is not a royal tour. They no longer have royal duties.”
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The pair carried out their first public engagement since welcoming baby Lilibet in a visit of New York City, that gave a subtle nod to the couple’s royal roots.
The Sussexes arrived in the city on Thursday, visiting a 9/11 memorial along with New York City mayor Bill de Blasio and the state’s governor, Kathy Hochul.
While in New York, they booked to stay at The Carlyle, known as New York’s “Tower of Power”, and were spotted having a drink at the hotel’s bar.
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The Carlyle was known to be a favourite of Harry’s mum Princess Diana, who often stayed there when she was in the city.
During their trip and while touring the One World Observatory on Thursday, the couple spoke about mental health with Mr De Blasio.
The New York City mayor said: “They’re good people and they’re really committed to the world.
“I got a great vibe, particularly the work that they’re doing on mental health … I think the prince makes a great point when he says, ‘mental fitness,’ calling it ‘mental fitness’ as a positive aspirational idea. That was one of the things we talked about. I really admire what they’re both doing on that.”