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The Duke of Sussex praised the world’s frontline medical workers at the concert. 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 performance in aid of the international Covid 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 pleaded for vaccines to be “distributed to everyone everywhere”, while also saluting frontline medical workers both at the concert and around the world.

He said: “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.

“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.”

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He added: “We must look beyond ourselves with empathy and compassion for those we know and those we don’t.”

The event to promote coronavirus vaccines was Harry’s first public appearance since Prince Philip’s funeral on April 17, and his first in the US since he and his pregnant wife Meghan – who was not at the concert – gave their dramatic interview to Oprah Winfrey in March.

Hosted by Selena Gomez, the concert – to be broadcast this Saturday – featured musical performances by Jennifer Lopez, Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, Foo Fighters, J Balvin and HER.

The event raised donations to Covax, which is working to provide vaccines for low and middle-income countries.

Messages about vaccine equity were also heard from guests including Ben Affleck, David Letterman, Gayle King, Jimmy Kimmel and Sean Penn.

US President Joe Biden, First Lady Jill Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris also committed to make special appearances through Global Citizen’s partnership with the White House’s We Can Do This initiative, which encourages measures including mask-wearing.

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.


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

It comes as Meghan Markle and Harry’s popularity ratings plummet.

A YouGov poll published on Tuesday found that almost half of Britons view the Duke negatively, while more than 60 percent have a negative view of the Duchess.

The poll, which quizzed 1,730 UK adults from April 21-22, found 49 percent of Britons now regard Harry negatively, giving him a net score of -6.

This is a further drop from March 11-12, when attitudes towards the Duke turned negative for the first time.

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