Prince Harry gets rapturous response from Vax Live crowd as he appears without Meghan – Mirror Online

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Prince Harry received a rapturous response as he took to the stage of a vaccine fundraising concert in the US – but without his pregnant wife Meghan.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex had both been set to join famous names from the worlds of music, film and politics at the Vax Live event in California.

But while Harry made his first public appearance since the funeral of his grandfather Prince Philip to address the crowd, his partner did not join him in person.

He was given a standing ovation by the crowd, before giving a speech praising the selfless efforts of front line workers during the pandemic.

Prince Harry, Duke of Edinburgh speaks onstage during Global Citizen VAX LIVE: The Concert To Reunite The World at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California
He came on solo but received a very warm response from the crowd in attendance
(Image: Getty Images for Global Citizen)

“‘Tonight is a celebration of each of you here, the vaccinated frontline workers in the audience and the millions of frontline heroes around the world,” he told the audience.

‘You spent the last year battling courageously and selflessly to protect us all.

“You served and sacrificed, put yourselves in harm’s way, and acted with bravery, knowing the costs. We owe you an incredible debt of gratitude. Thank you.’

The couple serve as campaign chairs for the event, encouraging donations to Covax, an organisation working to provide vaccines for low and middle-income countries.

Jennifer Lopez performs onstage during Global Citizen VAX LIVE: The Concert To Reunite The World
Jennifer Lopez was among the A List stars at the glittering live event
(Image: Getty Images for Global Citizen)
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, speaks onstage during Global Citizen VAX LIVE: The Concert To Reunite The World at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California
Harry praised the selfless efforts of front line workers
(Image: Getty Images for Global Citizen)

Hosted by Selena Gomez the programme is due to be aired on May 8 with musical performances by Jennifer Lopez and Foo Fighters.

Other celebrity guests include Ben Affleck, Chrissy Teigen and talk show host Jimmy Kimmel.

US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden also made an appearance at the event, with a video message.

Harry and Meghan said in a joint statement before the event: “Over the past year, our world has experienced pain, loss, and struggle – together. Now we need to recover and heal – together.

Host Selena Gomez speaks onstage during Global Citizen VAX LIVE: The Concert To Reunite The World at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California
The event was hosted by Selena Gomez
(Image: Getty Images for Global Citizen)
The show is intended to raise money to provide vaccines around the world
(Image: Getty Images for Global Citizen)

“We can’t leave anybody behind. We will all benefit, we will all be safer, when everyone, everywhere has equal access to the vaccine.

“We must pursue equitable vaccine distribution, and, in that, restore faith in our common humanity. This mission couldn’t be more critical or important.”

Harry recently returned to the UK to attend the funeral of his grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh.

Meghan remained in the United States, having been advised not to fly while pregnant with their second child.

 

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