PRINCE Harry and Meghan Markle joined A-listers Jennifer Lopez and Selena Gomez for the filming of an upcoming Covid concert to “reunite the world” on Sunday night.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are among a bevvy of big names taking part in the taping of the Vax Live show, which is due to air on May 8.
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are among a bevvy of big names taking part in the filming of the Vax Live show, which is due to air on May 8Credit: Getty
Harry was pictured speaking on stage on Sunday night, dressed in a button-down blue shirt and dark pantsCredit: AFP
Vax Live is being billed as an event to ‘reunite the world’Credit: AFP
Harry was pictured speaking on stage on Sunday night, dressed in a button-down blue shirt and dark pants.
A post to Harry and Meghan’s Archewell website had suggested the couple would “deliver an important message for vaccine equity” together during the event.
However, Harry delivered an impassioned speech alone.
“Hi everybody. We are at a defining moment in the global fight against COVID-19,” he began.
“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.”
Harry continued that “we’re also coming together because this pandemic cannot end unless we act collectively with an unprecedented commitment to our shared humanity.”
The Duke of Sussex called for the vaccine to be distributed “to everyone everywhere”, adding “we cannot rest or truly recover until there is fair distribution to every corner of the world.”
Harry attended his grandfather Prince Philip’s funeral in the UK this month but flew back to Meghan and baby Archie soon afterCredit: Getty
Also taking to the stage was singer J-Lo who offered a musical performance in a stunning pink gown. She was joined momentarily by her mother, Guadalupe Rodríguez.
The event will be hosted by Selena Gomez, and also include virtual appearances from President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill, in addition to Pope Francis.
Other guests include Oscar-winning actor Ben Affleck, late-night host Jimmy Kimmel and the Dave Grohl-fronted rock group, Foo Fighters.
J-Lo offered a musical performance in a stunning pink gownCredit: Getty
She was joined momentarily by her mother, Guadalupe RodríguezCredit: Getty
Vax Live is being billed as an event to “reunite the world” with performances from a host of stars.
It is not yet clear what the couple will bring to the table at the music concert but they have been given a title of “campaign chairs”.
They will lead a drive to raise money for COVAX – a vaccine-sharing program co-led by the World Health Organization.
Speaking on their Archwell site, Meghan and Harry said: “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.”
Other guests include Oscar-winning actor Ben Affleck and late-night host Jimmy KimmelCredit: Getty
Joe and Jill Biden appeared virtually for the eventCredit: Getty
Pope Francis also made an address in pre-recorded remarksCredit: AFP
It is the glitziest event the pair have taken place in since they left the UK for the US last year when they stepped down as senior royals.
The concert will also be the first time pregnant Meghan has been seen in public since the couple’s explosive Oprah Winfrey interview.
Harry attended his grandfather Prince Philip’s funeral in the UK this month but flew back to Meghan and baby Archie soon after.
Multiple organisations have thrown their weight behind the campaign – including WHO and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.
The event will be streamed at 8pm ET time in the US on ABC, CBS and YouTube.
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