Meghan and Harry visit New York in first public appearance since Lilibet's birth

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have kicked off their first public event together since the birth of Lilibet with a visit to New York City.

The Duchess of Sussex said it was ‘wonderful’ to be back in New York, as she and Harry posed for photos at the top of the One World Trade Center, built on the site of the former World Trade Center.

It marks the first time Meghan has been seen in public since giving birth to their second child Lilibet back in June. The three-month-old and two-year-old Archie are believed to be staying at home during their trip.

The pair met New York City mayor Bill de Blasio and governor of New York State Kathy Hochul during the surprise appearance.

Mr de Blasio’s wife, the first lady of New York, writer and activist Chirlane McCray, and their son Dante de Blasio also joined the group.

The Duke and Duchess arrived hand-in-hand, with Meghan dressed in a black high-necked coat and black trousers and Harry in a black suit.

Asked by a reporter if they were enjoying their trip, Meghan smiled and replied: ‘It’s wonderful to be back, thank you.’

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They are in New York ahead of global TV event Global Citizen Live, which they are taking part in this Saturday in Central Park.

The event will focus on the ‘pursuit of global vaccine equity to end the Covid-19 pandemic for everyone, everywhere’.

Last week, the Duke and Duchess, who are living in California after quitting as working royals last year, were named among the 100 most influential people of 2021 by Time magazine.

Appearing on the cover, Meghan, wearing a light-coloured shirt and trousers, stands slightly in front of Harry, who leans on her right shoulder as the couple both look directly into the camera for the cover picture.

The pair said they were ‘humbled’ to be part of the Time 100 list.

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