Pregnant Meghan Markle has made an appearance during the Vax Live telecast, claiming COVID has wiped out a generation of progress for women of color.
The Duchess of Sussex made the assertion in a recorded statement, which appeared to be filmed in the backyard of her $14.7 million Montecito mansion.
‘As campaign chairs of Vax Live, my husband and I believe it’s critical that our recovery prioritizes the health, safety and success of everyone, but particularly women who have been disproportionately affected by this pandemic,’ Meghan stated.
‘Women, and especially women of color, have seen a generation of economic gain wiped out.’
Cradling her large baby bump in a red floral blouse, Meghan continued: ‘My husband and I are thrilled to soon be welcoming a daughter. It’s a feeling of joy 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 globe who must be given the ability and support to lead us forward.’
The Vax Live concert took place at Los Angeles’ Lo-Fi stadium this past Sunday. Prince Harry appeared in person, but Meghan reportedly pulled out at the last minute.
However, her brief recorded statement aired at the conclusion of the concert’s telecast – which was aired across multiple TV channels in the US on Saturday night.
It was the Duchess’s first appearance on American television since her and Harry’s bombshell interview with Oprah back in March.
Pregnant Meghan Markle has made an appearance during the Vax Live telecast, claiming COVID has wiped out a generation of progress for women of color
Bumping along nicely! Meghan’s prominent baby bump was on full display as she gushed over the fact that she and Harry will soon be parents of a bay girl
Meghan sported a softer and more maternal look than she did during her Oprah interview
Meghan also wielded out a series of stats during her 2-minute statement, saying: ‘Since the pandemic began, nearly 5.5 million women have lost work in the U.S., and 47 million more women around the world are expected to slip into extreme poverty.’
She also stated that the the ‘future leadership’ of young women ‘depends on the decisions we make and the actions we take now’.
‘We want to make sure that as we recover, we recover stronger; that as we rebuild, we rebuild together,’ the Duchess declared.
It’s unclear when Meghan’s statement was recorded. However, she sported a softer look than she did during her Oprah interview.
The Duchess opted for a bright and loose-fitting button down adorned with flowers. She left her long locks free-flowing and styled them in loose curls.
The Duchess of Sussex appeared to have recorded the statement in the backyard of her Montecito mansion
Meghan’s brief recorded statement which aired during the Vax Live telecast marked her first appearance on American television since her and Harry’s bombshell interview with Oprah back in March
The Duke and Duchess’s tell-all sit-down with Oprah Winfrey, which aired on March 7, sparked fervent debate after they lobbed a series of accusations at the Royal Family
Meanwhile, Prince Harry warned against the ‘politicization’ of COVID-19 vaccines in a video which was recorded backstage at the Vax Live concert.
‘I think the most worrying thing for me and my wife [Meghan].. is science being politicized,’ Harry stated in the black and white clip, posted to Twitter on Saturday.
‘When we’re talking about life and death, which we’re talking about now, vaccines cannot be politicized’.
The Duke of Sussex further declared: ‘We must ensure that everyone around the world has equal access to the vaccine, otherwise none of this works.’
Harry and Meghan have backed US President Joe Biden‘s move to waive vaccine patents for poorer countries.
That decision – which was announced earlier this week – caused shares for vaccine makers Pfizer and Moderna to tumble on Thursday. Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla described support of the waivers as ‘so wrong’,
Germany, Canada, the EU and the UK currently oppose Harry and Meghan’s push to waive the patents, fearing that it won’t help boost production in the short-term, and could hamper innovation in the longer-term.
Prince Harry warned against the ‘politicization’ of COVID-19 vaccines in a clip which was recorded backstage at the Vax Live concert
Prince Harry called for COVID-19 vaccines to be ‘equitably’ distributed across the globe during his appearance at the Vax Live concert in Los Angeles. The concert took place last Sunday and a telecast of the event aired in the US on Saturday
The Duke of Sussex took to the stage at the event, held at So-Fi Stadium, telling a crowd of healthcare workers that they ‘cannot rest or truly recover until there is fair distribution [of the vaccine] to every corner of the world’
President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden delivered a message during the Vax Live concert. The Biden Administration announced this week that they wanted to waive copyright patents on vaccines in the hopes that people in poorer countries could receive the jab quicker
Earlier this week, Harry and Meghan urged vaccine manufacturers to ‘temporarily suspend’ intellectual property rights in order to help those in developing countries gain access to jabs.
The couple shared an emotive letter to the CEOs of Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson and Norovax on Thursday as they launched a campaign to ‘ensure equitable vaccine access globally’.
The lengthy note, published to Global Citizen, asks the vaccine bosses to ‘act with extraordinary purpose, responsibility, and leadership’ in response to a ‘equity crisis’ and use ‘every possible measure to increase global supply.’
These proposed measures include ‘the temporary suspension of intellectual property and extraordinary global public-private collaboration resulting in wider transfer of technology and know-how.’
AstraZeneca has already vowed not to profit from the vaccine during the pandemic, but Harry and Meghan today urged the CEOs of Pfizer and Moderna to follow suit and supply at least 100 million doses of their vaccinations at ‘not-for-profit prices’ this year.
They also requested that the two pharma giants accelerate their supply and deliver the jabs to COVAX – Covid-19 Vaccines Global Access, which protects people against the virus ‘regardless of wealth’ – as soon as possible.
Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla (left) hit out at the Biden administration’s support for waiving intellectual property protections to allow poorer countries to produce vaccines developed by companies like it and Moderna, potentially cutting into their profits
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have urged supporters to make a donation to a vaccine equity campaign to mark their son Archie’s second birthday
Meanwhile, Harry and Meghan also asked their supporters to donate to GAVI, a vaccine alliance which buys Covid-19 vaccines for the world, in a post on their Archewell Foundation website.
The Sussexes said a $5 donation would be matched by organizations supporting the appeal to become $20 – which would cover the purchase of four vaccines.
‘We cannot think of a more resonant way to honor our son’s birthday,’ they said.
‘If we all show up, with compassion for those we both know and don’t know, we can have a profound impact. Even a small contribution can have a ripple effect.’
Harry and Meghan also asked their supporters to donate to GAVI, a vaccine alliance which buys Covid-19 vaccines for the world, in a post on their Archewell Foundation website
‘We need to look beyond ourselves with empathy and compassion’: Harry’s Vax Live speech in full
‘Hi everybody. We are at a defining moment in the global fight against COVID-19. 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 with bravery knowing the costs. We owe you an incredible depth of gratitude, thank you.
‘But we’re also coming together because this pandemic cannot end unless we act collectively with an unprecedented commitment to our shared humanity. The vaccine must be distributed to everyone everywhere. We cannot rest or truly recover until there is fair distribution to every corner of the world. The mission in front of us is one we cannot afford to fail out and that’s what tonight is about. The virus does not respect borders and access to the vaccine cannot be determined by geography. It must be accepted as a basic right for all and that is our starting point.
‘None of us should be comfortable thinking that we could be fine when so many others are suffering. In reality, and especially with this pandemic, when any suffer, we all suffer. We must look beyond ourselves with empathy and compassion for those we know, and those we don’t. We need to lift up all of humanity and make sure that no person or community is left behind. What we do in this moment will stand in history and tonight, we stand in solidarity with the millions of families across India who are battling a devastating second wave.’