Meghan Markle was unable to attend Global Citizen’s Vax Live: The Concert To Reunite The World in person, but still made sure her voice was heard at the event.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex co-chaired the event, organized to raise awareness of the COVID-19 vaccine and encourage people to get vaccinated. While Prince Harry attended the event in person, Meghan, who is currently heavily pregnant with the couple’s second child, was unable to join him. Her presence was still very much felt at Vax Live, as she recorded a video message for the occasion.
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Meghan wore a gorgeous red shirt dress with a pink poppy flower pattern in the video, which was filmed outside in a pretty garden (presumably at or near the Sussexes’ home in Montecito, Calif.). The Duchess wore her hair in loose curls, simply pulled to the side and could be seen cradling her stomach protectively at times during the clip.
In her brief speech, the Meghan discussed the intersection of gender and the pandemic, particularly how women – and particularly women of color – will be disproportionately affected by the pandemic and its related closures, saying:
“The past year has been defined by communities that have come together tirelessly and heroically to fight COVID-19. And we have come together tonight because the road ahead is improving, but each of us will have to find our way. VAX LIVE Campaign Chairs, my husband and I believe it is essential that our recovery prioritizes the health, safety and success of all, and especially of the women who have been disproportionately affected by this pandemic. Women, and especially women of color, have seen a generation Since the start of the pandemic, nearly 5.5 million women have lost their jobs in the United States and an additional 47 million women worldwide are expected to fall into extreme poverty.
My husband and I are delighted to welcome a daughter soon. It is a feeling of joy that we share with millions of other families around the world. When we think of her we think of all the young women and girls around the world who must have the capacity and support to move us forward. ”
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