Harry and Meghan visit WTC and 9/11 Memorial with NY Gov Cathy Hochul and Bill de Blasio

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been spotted leaving the $1,300-a-night Carlyle Hotel to head to the next stop on their visit to New York City, where they are expected to hold a meeting with the US Ambassador to the UN.

The Sussexes were flanked by security as they got into a black SUV in the parking garage of the luxury Upper East Side hotel around 1pm Thursday.  

Meghan, who dressed for fall in head to toe black for their morning visit to the 9/11 memorial and One World Trade Center despite the humid 80F weather, had changed into a long beige coat and dark sunglasses for the afternoon jaunt. 

Harry, meanwhile, was carrying what appeared to be a binder of documents tucked under his arm. 

The details of the Sussexes’ trip to the Big Apple are a closely guarded secret but they were thought to be heading to 50 UN Plaza in Midtown East for 1pm on Thursday. 

The residential building, close to the United Nations Global Headquarters, houses the lavish 37-floor penthouse which is home to the US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield. 

The purpose of the visit is not clear but it will mark the second stop on their trip around the city, since they arrived Wednesday from their home in California for their first major public appearance since quitting the royal family.   

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been spotted leaving the $1,300-a-night Carlyle Hotel to head to the next stop on their visit to New York City, where they are expected to hold a meeting with the US Ambassador to the UN

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been spotted leaving the $1,300-a-night Carlyle Hotel to head to the next stop on their visit to New York City, where they are expected to hold a meeting with the US Ambassador to the UN

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been spotted leaving the $1,300-a-night Carlyle Hotel to head to the next stop on their visit to New York City, where they are expected to hold a meeting with the US Ambassador to the UN

The Sussexes were flanked by security as they got into a black SUV in the parking garage of the luxury Upper East Side hotel around 1pm Thursday

The Sussexes were flanked by security as they got into a black SUV in the parking garage of the luxury Upper East Side hotel around 1pm Thursday

The Sussexes were flanked by security as they got into a black SUV in the parking garage of the luxury Upper East Side hotel around 1pm Thursday

Meghan, who dressed for fall in head to toe black for their morning visit to the 9/11 memorial and One World Trade Center despite the humid 80F weather, had changed into a long beige coat and dark sunglasses for the afternoon jaunt

Meghan, who dressed for fall in head to toe black for their morning visit to the 9/11 memorial and One World Trade Center despite the humid 80F weather, had changed into a long beige coat and dark sunglasses for the afternoon jaunt

Meghan, who dressed for fall in head to toe black for their morning visit to the 9/11 memorial and One World Trade Center despite the humid 80F weather, had changed into a long beige coat and dark sunglasses for the afternoon jaunt 

Harry, meanwhile, was carrying what appeared to be a binder of documents tucked under his arm as they got into a car

Harry, meanwhile, was carrying what appeared to be a binder of documents tucked under his arm as they got into a car

Harry, meanwhile, was carrying what appeared to be a binder of documents tucked under his arm as they got into a car 

Security teams are seen inside the parking garage at the hotel

Security teams are seen inside the parking garage at the hotel

The SUV leaves the hotel, with Meghan and Harry in the back seat

The SUV leaves the hotel, with Meghan and Harry in the back seat

Security teams are seen inside the parking garage before the SUV leaves the hotel, with Meghan and Harry in the back seat

Meghan said 'It's wonderful to be back' while posing with NY Governor Kathy Hochul (furthest left) and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio (next to Harry) as well as De Blasio's wife Chirlane McCray, and the couple's son Dante, furthest right, on Thursday

Meghan said 'It's wonderful to be back' while posing with NY Governor Kathy Hochul (furthest left) and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio (next to Harry) as well as De Blasio's wife Chirlane McCray, and the couple's son Dante, furthest right, on Thursday

Meghan said ‘It’s wonderful to be back’ while posing with NY Governor Kathy Hochul (furthest left) and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio (next to Harry) as well as De Blasio’s wife Chirlane McCray, and the couple’s son Dante, furthest right, on Thursday  

The Duchess of Sussex made the remark while visiting the One World Trade Center Observatory with her husband Harry

The Duchess of Sussex made the remark while visiting the One World Trade Center Observatory with her husband Harry

The Duchess of Sussex made the remark while visiting the One World Trade Center Observatory with her husband Harry 

Meghan and Harry are pictured at the South Tower memorial pool in New York City on Thursday morning, with National September 11 Memorial and Museum President Alice Greenwald, pictured in blue

Meghan and Harry are pictured at the South Tower memorial pool in New York City on Thursday morning, with National September 11 Memorial and Museum President Alice Greenwald, pictured in blue

Meghan and Harry are pictured at the South Tower memorial pool in New York City on Thursday morning, with National September 11 Memorial and Museum President Alice Greenwald, pictured in blue 

The couple appeared somber as they were shown the huge memorial by Greenwald, during their first big public trip together since quitting the royal family in early 2020

The couple appeared somber as they were shown the huge memorial by Greenwald, during their first big public trip together since quitting the royal family in early 2020

The couple appeared somber as they were shown the huge memorial by Greenwald, during their first big public trip together since quitting the royal family in early 2020 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are expected to meet with US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield (above)

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are expected to meet with US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield (above)

The Sussexes are expected to head to 50 UN Plaza in Midtown East (above) at 1pm on Thursday

The Sussexes are expected to head to 50 UN Plaza in Midtown East (above) at 1pm on Thursday

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are expected to head to 50 UN Plaza in Midtown East (right) at 1pm on Thursday to hold a meeting with US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield (left) 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pay their respects at a wreath by the survivor tree at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pay their respects at a wreath by the survivor tree at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pay their respects at a wreath by the survivor tree at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum

The couple took a moment of silence at the wreath on the site of the Twin Towers during their trip to the Big Apple

The couple took a moment of silence at the wreath on the site of the Twin Towers during their trip to the Big Apple

The couple took a moment of silence at the wreath on the site of the Twin Towers during their trip to the Big Apple 

Meghan Markle looked solemn as she paid her respects to the victims of the September 11 2001 terrorist attacks

Meghan Markle looked solemn as she paid her respects to the victims of the September 11 2001 terrorist attacks

Meghan Markle looked solemn as she paid her respects to the victims of the September 11 2001 terrorist attacks 

Meghan waved and smiled at a handful of fans gathered at the site as the couple strolled hand in hand around the memorial

Meghan waved and smiled at a handful of fans gathered at the site as the couple strolled hand in hand around the memorial

Meghan waved and smiled at a handful of fans gathered at the site as the couple strolled hand in hand around the memorial

The Sussexes were all smiles as they walked into One World Trade Center Thursday morning

The Sussexes were all smiles as they walked into One World Trade Center Thursday morning

The couple put face masks on before entering the skyscraper for their meeting with the mayor and governor

The couple put face masks on before entering the skyscraper for their meeting with the mayor and governor

The Sussexes were all smiles as they walked into One World Trade Center Thursday morning. The couple put face masks on before entering

Forget to check the forecast, Meghan? Duchess wraps up for an 80F day in New York

Meghan Markle wrapped up in a black coat, polo neck and wide-legged trousers as she joined Prince Harry in New York today – despite the weather being a humid 80F in the city. 

The Duchess of Sussex, 40, who is living in her $14 million mansion in California, appears to have forgotten how to dress for fall on the East Coast and stepped out in a heavy outfit better suited to winter. 

Meghan, who is making her first official public outing with Harry since quitting the royal family, wore the heavy layers with a favourite pair of £450 Aquazzura pumps and sparkling diamond jewellery. 

Social media users were left baffled by Meghan’s wardrobe, with one writing: ‘Does she never learn how to wear clothes that suit the occasion and weather?

‘It’s a hot and humid day in New York and she is wearing a high collar and coat.’ 

Another posted: ‘It’s a hot day here in New York. Why is she dressing like this?’

A third added: ‘She looks bitter, also this morning in New York city is 80 per cent humidity and hot! Why doe she wear a dark heavy coat?’

‘It’s tremendously hot and humidity today in New York and she’s wearing a black heavy coat??? She’s so ridiculous. Please check the forecast,’ another commented. 

Meghan donned a smart smart wool coat, popping the collar around her neck, with a matching turtleneck, black wide legged trousers and her favourite black suede Aquazzura ‘Purist’ pumps as she joined Harry at One World Observatory and the 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center.

Meanwhile, she added a little glamour to her outfit by wearing a new diamond ring, which she paired alongside her new mysterious pinky ring.

It is believed the ring, made by celebrity jeweler Lorraine Schwartz and reportedly worth an estimated £45,000, was fashioned with diamonds gifted to the couple by a mystery donor in the Middle East.

The Duchess kept her makeup natural for the occasion, sweeping a dark eyeshadow across her lids and pairing it with a nude lipstick. 

Meanwhile, she swept her hair into a slicked back low bun, showing off her diamond stud earrings from Cartier. 

Before she entered the building with the Duke, she could be seen holding a dark face mask in her hands. Harry wore a complementary dark suit and tie.   

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On Thursday morning, they paid a visit to the 9/11 memorial and One World Trade Center, during which they met with New York Governor Kathy Hochul, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, National September 11 Memorial & Museum President Alice Greenwald and Patricia Harris, CEO of Bloomberg Philanthropy.  

While atop the One World Trade Center, Meghan, 40, smiled and said ‘it’s wonderful to be back’ in New York – almost exactly two years on from her last visit in September 2019 when she cheered on close friend and tennis star Serena Williams at the 2019 US Open. 

The Duchess spoke moments before she and her husband visited the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, less than two weeks after the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.  

Meghan and Harry, 37, posed for photos in front of the One World Trade Center observatory’s floor-to-ceiling windows, which offer stunning views of New York City and New Jersey. 

The Sussexes were joined by New York State Governor Kathy Hochul, 63, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, 60, de Blasio’s wife Chirlane McCray, 66, and the couple’s son Dante, 24. 

Harry and Meghan, who are staying at the $1,300-a-night Carlyle Hotel, then visited the 9/11 memorial pools around 9am EST.  

The couple inspected the large black pools, built in the footprints of the original Twin Towers, before entering the 9/11 Museum, which sits underneath, and spending around half an hour inside.   

Saturday’s Global Citizen concert in Central Park is the Sussexes’ next confirmed appearance, and it is currently unclear how they will spend the remainder of Thursday and Friday.  

Harry and Meghan, who donned somber dark outfits, walked hand-in-hand around the memorial pools and museum accompanied by National September 11 Memorial & Museum President Alice Greenwald and Patricia Harris from Bloomberg Philanthropy. 

The couple’s two-year-old son Archie and three month-old daughter Lilibet remain at home in California.   

DailyMail.com has reached out to the UN Global HQ, the mayor’s office, the governor’s office and the Archewell Foundation for further information about the Sussexes’ schedule and purpose of the meetings.  

Meghan last visited the city in September 2019 when she made the surprise stop at the US Open. 

This came seven months after her last trip, when pals including Amal Clooney and Gayle King held a lavish baby shower for her at The Mark Hotel’s $75,000-a-night penthouse suite on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

The Duchess traveled to that event from London on a private jet, with the bash estimated to have cost $500,000. 

It is unclear if the Sussexes – famed for their pronouncements on climate change – arrived in New York on a commercial flight or flew there by private jet. 

It is also unclear who is paying for the trip and providing the security detail around the Sussexes. 

A spokesperson for the NYPD told DailyMail.com they were unsure of who was providing the Sussexes security, that they had not heard about their officers being drafted in to provide cover, and added that they doubted the department would do so.  

DailyMail.com has also reached out to the Department of Homeland Security and the DHS Secret Service to ask if they are providing security for the couple’s visit.  

Harry and Meghan were shown the South Tower pool moments after being given the chance to visit the adjoining North Tower memorial pool alone and together. Patricia Harris from Bloomberg Philanthropy, pictured in green, also joined the couple

Harry and Meghan were shown the South Tower pool moments after being given the chance to visit the adjoining North Tower memorial pool alone and together. Patricia Harris from Bloomberg Philanthropy, pictured in green, also joined the couple

Harry and Meghan were shown the South Tower pool moments after being given the chance to visit the adjoining North Tower memorial pool alone and together. Patricia Harris from Bloomberg Philanthropy, pictured in green, also joined the couple 

Greenwald appeared to be explaining the symbolism of the pool to the couple. Both water features were built in the footprints of the original World Trade Center Twin Towers, which were destroyed in the 9/11 terror attacks

Greenwald appeared to be explaining the symbolism of the pool to the couple. Both water features were built in the footprints of the original World Trade Center Twin Towers, which were destroyed in the 9/11 terror attacks

Greenwald appeared to be explaining the symbolism of the pool to the couple. Both water features were built in the footprints of the original World Trade Center Twin Towers, which were destroyed in the 9/11 terror attacks 

Meghan looked pensive as she chatted to 9/11 Museum President Alice Greenwald (in blue) and Patricia Harris from Bloomberg Philanthropy (in green)

Meghan looked pensive as she chatted to 9/11 Museum President Alice Greenwald (in blue) and Patricia Harris from Bloomberg Philanthropy (in green)

Meghan looked pensive as she chatted to 9/11 Museum President Alice Greenwald (in blue) and Patricia Harris from Bloomberg Philanthropy (in green)

Meghan and Harry dressed in complementary dark outfits - although the Duchess was in heavy clothing for NYC's humid 85F weather

Meghan and Harry dressed in complementary dark outfits - although the Duchess was in heavy clothing for NYC's humid 85F weather

Meghan and Harry dressed in complementary dark outfits – although the Duchess was in heavy clothing for NYC’s humid 85F weather 

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was joined by his son Dante (on his left) and wife Chirlane McCray (on his right)

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was joined by his son Dante (on his left) and wife Chirlane McCray (on his right)

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was joined by his son Dante (on his left) and wife Chirlane McCray (on his right) 

Several NYPD and Port Authority officers were present at the World Trade Center cordoning off the area during their morning visit. One officer told DailyMail.com he had only learned of the famous couple’s visit that morning. 

Harry and Meghan arrived at One World Trade Center at 8:14am Thursday in somber outfits, likely chosen for their planned trip to the nearby 9/11 Memorial afterwards. 

The couple exited a black SUV, and were whisked up to the skyscraper’s viewing deck – which sits between floors 100 and 102 – to meet Hochul and de Blasio, who arrived moments before the royals.

Meghan donned a stylish dark blue outfit, with a matching jacket, polo neck, wide-legged trousers, heels and her hair swept back into a business-like bun. She wore simple pearl earrings and muted makeup. 

Harry wore a complementary dark suit and tie. The couple were snapped donning black face masks as they entered One World Trade Center.  

They held hands as the walked up the steps of the building, with Harry giving a wave to watching fans who shouted his name on seeing him.  

No details on why the royals are meeting with the Democrat lawmakers and what they plan to discuss were shared in advance. 

De Blasio’s wife Chirlane McCray, 66, and the mayoral couple’s son Dante, 24, were also there to welcome the royal couple, who are visiting from their home in Montecito, California.

The mayor and governor arrived and entered the building a few minutes ahead of the Sussexes.

A small group of taxi drivers protested the event to call on Mayor de Blasio to offer additional protection for yellow cab drivers who’ve been hit by the rise in popularity of ride-hailing apps such as Uber and Lyft, with security also present to guard the royals and politicians.

‘De Blasio help the cabbies, Mr. Mayor help the cabbies,’ the group chanted as de Blasio arrived at the building.  

One of the drivers told DailyMail.com called for the mayor to focus on supporting New Yorkers rather than mingling with royals.

‘The mayor should take care of the people, not spend money on this,’ said Barbara Basiaosowca.      

After completing their trip to the World Trade Center, the couple got into a waiting black Range Rover and were driven away

After completing their trip to the World Trade Center, the couple got into a waiting black Range Rover and were driven away

After completing their trip to the World Trade Center, the couple got into a waiting black Range Rover and were driven away

Harry and Meghan are staying at the Carlyle Hotel in Manhattan, where rooms cost $1,300-a-night, and are in New York for three days

Harry and Meghan are staying at the Carlyle Hotel in Manhattan, where rooms cost $1,300-a-night, and are in New York for three days

Harry and Meghan are staying at the Carlyle Hotel in Manhattan, where rooms cost $1,300-a-night, and are in New York for three days 

How NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio has come under fire for spiralling crime rates and handling of pandemic

Democrat Bill de Blasio’s tenure as the 109th New York City Mayor has been marred by controversy since he was elected in 2014.

Criticism during his time in office includes the spiralling crime on the city’s streets, his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, and his fractious relationship with NYPD.

He has also come under fire for his approach to the Eric Garner case and his plans to increase affordable housing at the expense of the city’s character.

Crime has also become a frequent stain on de Blasio’s tenure in office, with statistics showing that both shootings and felony assaults had both increased in number compared to last year – with de Blasio blaming the court system.  

Shootings in April 2021 in New York surged by 166 per cent compared to the same month last year, and felony assaults had risen by 35.6 per cent – while crime as a whole jumped by 30.4 per cent.

High crime rates, paired with the nation’s highest tax rates have also seen many people ditching New York City for good – with the coronavirus pandemic providing the push they needed. 

Bill de Blasio (pictured) has served as the 109th mayor of New York City since he was elected in back in 2014, though his time in office has been marred with controversy

Bill de Blasio (pictured) has served as the 109th mayor of New York City since he was elected in back in 2014, though his time in office has been marred with controversy

Bill de Blasio (pictured) has served as the 109th mayor of New York City since he was elected in back in 2014, though his time in office has been marred with controversy

De Blasio has also endured some controversial episodes during his time in office, such as in 2014. Eric Garner died after former New York City police officer Daniel Pantaleo put him into a choke hold on Staten Island – but the officer retained his job. 

He has also endured a strained relationship with the NYPD, with many officers turning their backs on him during the funeral for Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos.

The two officers had been shot just weeks after de Blasio gave an interview in which he claimed to have told his son Dante, who is biracial, about the ‘dangers’ posed by the police to young black men.

Similarly, de Blasio faced backlash after he did not attend the vigil held for New York City police officer Miosotis Familia in July 2017. While speaking at Familia’s service, many police officers again chose to turn their backs on de Blasio.

Elsewhere, de Blasio has also been criticised for how he has dealt with the Covid-19 pandemic. During the second week of March 2020, he did not act to close down public schools as the virus rapidly spread.

When he eventually did give the order for schools to be shut, he was called out for having been too slow. 

De Blasio has also faced criticism over a recent vaccination mandate he imposed on school staff.

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Mayor de Blasio shared a live stream of himself and Hochul with the royal couple posing for photos in front of the observation deck’s floor-to-ceiling windows, which offer stunning views of New York and New Jersey. 

He captioned the video: ‘The tragedy of September 11 touched the entire world, and it’s still felt today. 

‘We’re honored to join Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, at One World Observatory.’ 

The group put masks on to enter the building, removed them for photos at the top, then put them back on after the photo opportunity.   

Afterwards, the Sussexes came back down to ground-level, and posed with Hochul, de Blasio, the mayor’s wife and son for another photo.

They hugged, smile and laughed before Harry and Meghan walked down towards the 9/11 memorial alone. A fan shouted ‘you look beautiful Meghan, I love you!’ prompting the Duchess to smile and wave, saying ‘Thank you.’   

Meghan and Harry waved and smiled as they arrived at the World Trade Center on Thursday morning

Meghan and Harry waved and smiled as they arrived at the World Trade Center on Thursday morning

Meghan and Harry waved and smiled as they arrived at the World Trade Center on Thursday morning 

Meghan and Harry arrived at the World Trade Center in New York for their meeting on Thursday morning

Meghan and Harry arrived at the World Trade Center in New York for their meeting on Thursday morning

Meghan and Harry arrived at the World Trade Center in New York for their meeting on Thursday morning 

Harry arrived at One World Trade Center at 8:14am, shortly after Mayor de Blasio and Governor Kathy Hochul

Harry arrived at One World Trade Center at 8:14am, shortly after Mayor de Blasio and Governor Kathy Hochul

Harry arrived at One World Trade Center at 8:14am, shortly after Mayor de Blasio and Governor Kathy Hochul 

Meghan gave her trademark smile as she arrived at the landmark NYC skyscraper, and showed off her huge diamond engagement ring

Meghan gave her trademark smile as she arrived at the landmark NYC skyscraper, and showed off her huge diamond engagement ring

Meghan gave her trademark smile as she arrived at the landmark NYC skyscraper, and showed off her huge diamond engagement ring

Harry and Megna held hands after getting out of their SUV and walking towards the Freedom Tower for the first meeting on their three day trip to New York City

Harry and Megna held hands after getting out of their SUV and walking towards the Freedom Tower for the first meeting on their three day trip to New York City

Harry and Megna held hands after getting out of their SUV and walking towards the Freedom Tower for the first meeting on their three day trip to New York City 

Meghan and Harry parted ways with the lawmakers at the entrance to the tower to then visit the 9/11 memorial pools and museum.

They first visited the North Tower memorial pool, spending several minutes looking at the names of those killed in the attacks, which are inscribed around the edges of both pools.  

Harry was seen putting a protective arm around his wife as they paid their respects at the monument.

They then walked to the nearby South Tower memorial pool, chatting with Greenwald and Harris, before taking a moment of silence in front of a wreath next to the survivor tree. 

The Sussexes then went into the museum, which sits underneath the reflecting pools, and offers a comprehensive retelling of the 2001 terror outrage. 

They spent around 30 minutes inside, before being driven away in a black Range Rover.    

The royal couple ascended the Freedom Tower for a meeting with NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and NY Governor Kathy Hochul

The royal couple ascended the Freedom Tower for a meeting with NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and NY Governor Kathy Hochul

The royal couple ascended the Freedom Tower for a meeting with NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and NY Governor Kathy Hochul

After their trip up the Freedom Tower, Meghan and Harry will visit the nearby 9/11 memorial reflecting pools

After their trip up the Freedom Tower, Meghan and Harry will visit the nearby 9/11 memorial reflecting pools

After their trip up the Freedom Tower, Meghan and Harry will visit the nearby 9/11 memorial reflecting pools 

Port Authority Police officers helped guard the royal couple as they began their first public visit to New York since moving to the United States in March 2020

Port Authority Police officers helped guard the royal couple as they began their first public visit to New York since moving to the United States in March 2020

Port Authority Police officers helped guard the royal couple as they began their first public visit to New York since moving to the United States in March 2020 

Meghan produced a matching face mask as she approached the revolving door of One World Trade Center, while her husband of three years gave her a tender glance

Meghan produced a matching face mask as she approached the revolving door of One World Trade Center, while her husband of three years gave her a tender glance

Meghan produced a matching face mask as she approached the revolving door of One World Trade Center, while her husband of three years gave her a tender glance 

Meghan was snapped smiling at her husband as they arrived at the entrance to One World Trade Center

Meghan was snapped smiling at her husband as they arrived at the entrance to One World Trade Center

Meghan was snapped smiling at her husband as they arrived at the entrance to One World Trade Center 

Meghan was snapped donning a face mask before entering One World Trade Center to visit its observation deck

Meghan was snapped donning a face mask before entering One World Trade Center to visit its observation deck

Meghan was snapped donning a face mask before entering One World Trade Center to visit its observation deck 

Harry also appeared to be reaching for his face mask from his jacket pocket, moments before the royals took an elevator up to the building's 100th floor viewing deck

Harry also appeared to be reaching for his face mask from his jacket pocket, moments before the royals took an elevator up to the building's 100th floor viewing deck

Harry also appeared to be reaching for his face mask from his jacket pocket, moments before the royals took an elevator up to the building’s 100th floor viewing deck 

Thursday’s visit is the Sussexes’ first public trip to New York City since their permanent move from England to Meghan’s native California in March 2020.

One World Trade Center, also known as the Freedom Tower, opened in 2014 after the original World Trade Center Twin Towers were destroyed in the 9/11 terror attacks in September 2001.      

The memorial’s two giant sunken pools and cascading waterfalls have been constructed on the footprints of the original Twin Towers. 

The sides of the pools, which have been constructed from black stone, are inscribed with the names of the 2,977 people murdered in New York, Washington DC and Pennsylvania. 

The Sussexes’ itinerary will also see them attend the Global Citizen Live concert in Central Park Saturday. 

That will feature performances from artists including Coldplay, Lizzo and Jennifer Lopez, and will take place on the Manhattan park’s Great Lawn.

Harry, Meghan and other dignitaries are attending to draw attention to Global Citizen’s call for the G7 group of countries and EU to share at least 1 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines with developing countries. 

The music event will form part of a 24-hour broadcast from cities around the world, which also calls for vaccine manufacturers to waive their intellectual property rights on COVID shots.

Global Citizen Live and its supporters have further called for pharmaceutical firms to share mRNA technology used to develop the vaccines with a World Health Organization-backed medical hub based in South Africa. 

Harry and Meghan have become heavily-involved in philanthropy since sensationally quitting the Royal Family in January 2020, after complaining of the pressure-cooker environment and life in the spotlight.

The couple's somber outfit choice came as they visited New York just a fortnight after the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks

The couple's somber outfit choice came as they visited New York just a fortnight after the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks

The couple’s somber outfit choice came as they visited New York just a fortnight after the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks 

New York Governor Kathy Hochul, pictured in red, arrived a few minutes before the royal couple

New York Governor Kathy Hochul, pictured in red, arrived a few minutes before the royal couple

New York Governor Kathy Hochul, pictured in red, arrived a few minutes before the royal couple 

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, pictured waving, was joined by his wife Chirlane McCray, pictured to his left, and their son Dante

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, pictured waving, was joined by his wife Chirlane McCray, pictured to his left, and their son Dante

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, pictured waving, was joined by his wife Chirlane McCray, pictured to his left, and their son Dante

Details on why de Blasio, Hochul and the Sussexes are meeting have yet to be released

Details on why de Blasio, Hochul and the Sussexes are meeting have yet to be released

Details on why de Blasio, Hochul and the Sussexes are meeting have yet to be released 

The couple have also signed huge deals with Netflix and Spotify, rumored to be worth a combined $125 million, to produce content for the streaming and podcasting giants.

They kicked off their new lives as aspiring media moguls with a bombshell Oprah Winfrey interview in March 2020.

The most sensational claim from the bombshell-laden chat saw Meghan, who is bi-racial, claim that an unidentified member of the royal family had voiced concerns over the skin tone of the couple’s baby while she was pregnant with Archie, who was born in May 2019. 

Meghan went on to refute claims that she’d made the Duchess of Cambridge cry in the run-up to her May 2018 wedding to Harry – and allege that Kate had actually been the one to reduce her to tears. 

Kate has not commented on Meghan’s counter-claim. Meanwhile, Harry confirmed a rift with his brother William, the Duke of Cambridge, and told of how his father Prince Charles – the heir to the throne – had cut him off financially. 

And the couple, who were expecting their second child at the time, also revealed to Winfrey that they were expecting a girl.

Their daughter, Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, was born in California in June.

She was given Queen Elizabeth’s childhood nickname, sparking controversy over whether the royal couple had asked permission to recycle the head of the royal household’s cherished moniker.

Harry and Meghan also paid tribute to the Duke’s late mother Diana, who was killed in a car crash in Paris in August 1997 aged 36.  

The duchess of diamonds! Meghan Markle wears £12,000 Cartier earrings, pinky sparkler ‘made from Middle Eastern gift’ and £3,300 Birks band alongside her engagement ring on first day in New York 

The Duchess of Sussex was glittering in jewels worth over £300,000 as she stepped out in New York today with Prince Harry.

Meghan Markle, 40, who is currently living in her $14 million mansion in California having stepped back from royal duty last year, joined the Duke to visit One World Trade Center this morning.

And while the royal kept her outfit understated, she wore a staggering amount of jewellery, including her £271,000 engagement ring and Princess Diana‘s Cartier £17,800 tank watch.

The Duchess, who is known for her love of symbolic jewellery, also showed off her  new mysterious pinky ring, which is believed to have been made with ‘gifted diamonds from the Middle East’. 

The Duchess of Sussex, 40, was glittering in jewels worth over £300,000 as she stepped out in New York today with Prince Harry, 37

The Duchess of Sussex, 40, was glittering in jewels worth over £300,000 as she stepped out in New York today with Prince Harry, 37

The Duchess of Sussex, 40, was glittering in jewels worth over £300,000 as she stepped out in New York today with Prince Harry, 37

And while the royal kept her outfit understated, she wore a staggering amount of jewellery, including her £12,000 Cartier wedding earrings

And while the royal kept her outfit understated, she wore a staggering amount of jewellery, including her £12,000 Cartier wedding earrings

And while the royal kept her outfit understated, she wore a staggering amount of jewellery, including her £12,000 Cartier wedding earrings 

A CUSTOM PIECE FROM THE MIDDLE EAST? PINKY RING ‘DESIGNED BY LORRAINE SCHWARTZ’

Interest in the Meghan’s pinky ring continues to overshadow the Duchess of Sussex’s appearance on the cover of Time magazine earlier this week.

Unique: On her right hand, Meghan wore what is believed to be a custom-made pinky ring that was reportedly designed by jeweler Lorraine Schwartz, according to Page Six

Unique: On her right hand, Meghan wore what is believed to be a custom-made pinky ring that was reportedly designed by jeweler Lorraine Schwartz, according to Page Six

Unique: On her right hand, Meghan wore what is believed to be a custom-made pinky ring that was reportedly designed by jeweler Lorraine Schwartz, according to Page Six

Many were intrigued by a growing mystery surrounding the ring on her right pinky finger.

Initially, Harry and Meghan denied claims that the ring, made by celebrity jeweler Lorraine Schwartz and reportedly worth an estimated £45,000 ($62,000), was fashioned with diamonds gifted to the couple by a mystery donor in the Middle East.

They said the ring was sourced by a stylist on the shoot directly from the designer and that there was no link to a mystery donor in the Middle East.

But in a spectacular U-turn, they later rolled back the denial, and clarified that they were referring only to a ring on Meghan’s left hand – a £380 ($525) pinky ring from Shiffon, which is meant to represent women’s empowerment.

There was no further mention made of the Lorraine Schwartz ring in question on her right hand, begging the question of whether Meghan has something to hide about the provenance of the diamond, which was first seen on her finger in October 2020.

Now it has been claimed Schwartz used the same set of diamonds to create earrings, which the Duchess wore at Trooping the Colour in 2019, and then again at a premiere of the Lion King a month later, according to Page Six.

If the diamonds did indeed come from the Middle East, it’s not clear if Meghan received the gift while she was still a working royal, or after she performed her final official duties in early March 2021.

She did not visit the region officially, but there’s always the possibility she made a private trip.

Buckingham Palace only publishes a list of gifts received by royals while on duty in the UK or overseas, and there is no public record of Meghan being given any diamonds.

Gifts sent to the royals outside of official engagements are recorded but not made public.

The palace have previously directed inquiries about the diamonds back to the Sussexes’ representatives in the US, who have also been approached for comment.

£3,300 DIAMOND RING FROM HER FIRST ENGAGEMENT WITH PRINCE HARRY AS HIS FIANCE 

During the outing in New York today, eagle-eyed viewers spotted a third, previously unseen, ring on Meghan's ring finger

During the outing in New York today, eagle-eyed viewers spotted a third, previously unseen, ring on Meghan's ring finger

During the outing in New York today, eagle-eyed viewers spotted a third, previously unseen, ring on Meghan’s ring finger 

For one of her first outings as Harry’s fiancée, in Edinburgh she wore a Birks Diamond Snowflake Ring, worth £3,300.

She has since worn pieces from the jewellery brand worth tens of thousands, including Diamond Swirl earrings and countless gold rings.

Birks has also worked with Meghan’s close friend, the well-connected stylist Jessica Mulroney, who helped curate her an outfit for her engagement photo call – Birks earrings included – and will almost certainly have brought the jeweller to her friend’s attention.

The jewellers were approached by Meghan’s ‘entourage’ to dress her mother Doria Ragland for the royal wedding, according to the article.

Meghan has worn pieces by Birks on at least ten occasions since stepping onto the royal stage, with her jewellery bill running into the tens of thousands.

But it seems she has not been afraid to splash out on her nearest and dearest either, with Maclean’s revealing she approached public relations firm NKPR in 2018 while on the hunt for a bracelet to give Harry for Christmas.

THE £12,000 CARTIER EARRINGS SHE WORE FOR HER WEDDING AND ARCHIE’S CHRISTENING 

For the occasion, Meghan recycled the same pair of £12,000 Cartier earrings previously worn as she married Prince Harry at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle in May 2018

For the occasion, Meghan recycled the same pair of £12,000 Cartier earrings previously worn as she married Prince Harry at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle in May 2018

For the occasion, Meghan recycled the same pair of £12,000 Cartier earrings previously worn as she married Prince Harry at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle in May 2018

For the occasion, Meghan recycled the same pair of £12,000 Cartier earrings previously worn as she married Prince Harry at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle in May 2018

For the occasion, Meghan recycled the same pair of £12,000 Cartier earrings previously worn as she married Prince Harry at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in May 2018

For the occasion, Meghan recycled the same pair of £12,000 Cartier earrings previously worn as she married Prince Harry at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in May 2018, when she walked down the aisle in a stunning custom-made £200,000 Givenchy gown. 

The Duchess wore the same set of jewels for her son Archie’s secret christening in 2019. 

Speaking to Femail at the time, stylist Rochelle White highlighted the similarities between Meghan’s christening and wedding look, revealing how the looks ‘linked the two meaningful events together’. 

She explained: ‘Meghan played homage to her wedding day with her earrings.’ 

THE £271,000 ENGAGEMENT RING MEGHAN RE-DESIGNED AFTER HER PROPOSAL FROM PRINCE HARRY

Prince Harry proposed to Meghan in November 2017 with a glittering ring comprising of a solid yellow gold band set with three diamonds, pictured

Prince Harry proposed to Meghan in November 2017 with a glittering ring comprising of a solid yellow gold band set with three diamonds, pictured

Prince Harry proposed to Meghan in November 2017 with a glittering ring comprising of a solid yellow gold band set with three diamonds, pictured

Next to her pinky rings, Meghan sported her £271,000 engagement ring, which was originally designed by Prince Harry and court jewelers Cleave and Company using one stone from Botswana and two smaller stones from Diana’s collection.

Harry proposed to Meghan in November 2017 with the glittering ring comprising of a solid yellow gold band – however in 2019, images revealed that the design had been changed in order to incorporate a thinner band that was set with several pave diamonds all around it.

Shortly after their engagement, Prince Harry spoke out about the design process behind the ring, explaining that he had chosen each element in order to ensure that it fit his future bride’s tastes perfectly.

‘The ring is obviously yellow gold because that’s [Meghan’s] favorite and the main stone itself I sourced from Botswana and the little diamonds either side are from my mother’s jewelry collection, to make sure that she’s with us on this crazy journey together,’ he said.

Meghan called it ‘incredible’, explaining: ‘Everything about Harry’s thoughtfulness and the inclusion of [Princess Diana’s stones] and obviously not being able to meet his mum, it’s so important to me to know that she’s a part of this with us.’

‘It’s incredibly special to be able to have this [ring], which sort of links where you come form and Botswana, which is important to us. It’s perfect.’

PRINCESS DIANA’S GOLD £17,800 CARTIER TANK FRANCAISE WATCH  

Meghan's elegant timepiece was originally owned by Diana, who is seen wearing it on her left write at an engagement at the British Lung Foundation in 1997

Meghan's elegant timepiece was originally owned by Diana, who is seen wearing it on her left write at an engagement at the British Lung Foundation in 1997

Meghan’s elegant timepiece was originally owned by Diana, who is seen wearing it on her left write at an engagement at the British Lung Foundation in 1997

She also wore a Cartier Tank Française watch, as pictured, gifted by Harry that once belonged to Princess Diana. The watch was worth $23,000 (£17,800) but this once has a special history

She also wore a Cartier Tank Française watch, as pictured, gifted by Harry that once belonged to Princess Diana. The watch was worth $23,000 (£17,800) but this once has a special history

She also wore a Cartier Tank Française watch, as pictured, gifted by Harry that once belonged to Princess Diana. The watch was worth $23,000 (£17,800) but this once has a special history

The watch, thought to be a present from Harry, was worth £17,800 at the time but is now likely worth a lot more given its history.

The elegant timepiece was worn by Diana at a number of occasions, including a 1997 visit to London’s Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Hindu Temple and an engagement at the British Lung Foundation that same year.

Meghan is known to be a fan of the Tank watch and splurged on her own two-tone version back in 2015 when ‘Suits’ was picked up for a third season.

At the time, she told Hello Magazine, ‘I’ve always coveted the Cartier French Tank watch. When I found out Suits had been picked up for our third season—which, at the time, felt like such a milestone—I totally splurged and bought the two-tone version

‘I had it engraved on the back, ‘To M.M. From M.M.’ and I plan to give it to my daughter one day. That’s what makes pieces special, the connection you have to them.’

Meghan has been gifted several items from Diana’s collection. They include Diana’s butterfly earrings and gold bracelet which she wore on their Australian tour in 2018.

Yet the watch is a favorite and she has been spotted wearing it often.

The watch had been gifted to Diana by her father on her 21st birthday.

 

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