The Duke of Sussex pleaded for vaccines to be “distributed to everyone everywhere” at a charity concert in Los Angeles in his first public appearance since the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral.
Prince Harry appeared along with a host of famous names from the worlds of music, film and politics at Global Citizen’s Vax Live: The Concert to Reunite the World, a charity event in aid of the international vaccination effort. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are campaign chairs for the event.
Speaking to an animated crowd of only fully vaccinated guests, Harry praised the world’s frontline medical workers, both at the concert and around the world.
“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,” Harry said.
“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.”
Prior to the concert, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex released a statement saying: “Over the past year, our world has experienced pain, loss, and struggle – together. Now we need to recover and heal – together.
“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.”