Meghan Markle and Prince Harry toured New York last week to call for vaccine equity—and their positive message has sparked comparisons with Princess Diana.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrived on the East Coast on Thursday, September 23, when they visited the 9/11 memorial and met New York mayor Bill de Blasio.
Meghan read her book The Bench to school children in Harlem and they spoke at Global Citizen Live on Saturday, September 25.
And one charity was moved to compare their tour to Princess Diana’s first official overseas visit without Prince Charles.
Harry’s mother took New York by storm in February 1989 selling out a gala Oprah performance at $2,000 a ticket and warming hearts at social services organization Henry Street Settlement.
The non-profit said on Twitter: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are in town raising mental health awareness. It reminds us of Princess Diana’s memorable visit to Henry Street in 1989! #MeghanAndHarry.”
Verona Middleton-Jeter was the organization’s chief administrator at the time and greeted the princess out of her car.
She told Town & Country in November 2020: “I walked over to the car and did exactly what I wasn’t supposed to do, shake her hand. She got out and she said, ‘Hey, we’re wearing the same colors.’
“And that was that. She was just so down to earth. I didn’t have time to get nervous. So she just cut through all my anxiety.”
Middleton-Jeter described how one woman in a self-help group at the social services organization in the Lower…