Harry and Meghan leave Carlyle Hotel for day two of their three-day New York City tour 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have paid a visit to a school in Harlem where 94 percent of children are eligible for free meals, with the duchess wearing a $7,500 designer pant suit to read from her own book The Bench. 

The Sussexes arrived at Harlem’s PS 123 Mahalia Jackson school alongside New York City Schools’ Chancellor Meisha Porter late Friday morning, after leaving their luxury hotel in Manhattan in their fleet of gas-guzzling SUVs for day two of their three-day New York City tour. 

Meghan sported a $5,840 Loro Piana cashmere coat and matching $1,680 pants for her visit to the public school which serves shelters for families without permanent homes. Her shoes are thought to be $665 Manolo Blahnik red suede pointed toe pumps.

She accessorized her look with around $400,000 worth of jewelry including her $370,000 engagement ring, a $4,500 diamond ring from her first public engagement with Harry as his fiancee, Princess Diana’s $24,300 Cartier tank watch and a gold bracelet.  

Data from NYC Department of Education reveals an estimated 95 percent of students at the public school fall on the economic need index, meaning they face economic hardship, based on temporary housing, eligibility for public assistance and Census poverty rates.

A total of 94 percent of students are also eligible for free meals, according to Public School Review. This compares to 51 percent of students across the state. 

It all got too much for some of the children who were reduced to tears as they received hugs from the former working members of the royal family.

The couple appeared to have worked up an appetite during the visit – designed to promote early literacy – as they then headed on to local soul food joint Melba’s for a bite to eat.   

Meghan Markle hugs children at the PS 123 Mahalia Jackson school in Harlem during Friday's visit where she read her book

Meghan Markle hugs children at the PS 123 Mahalia Jackson school in Harlem during Friday's visit where she read her book

Meghan Markle hugs children at the PS 123 Mahalia Jackson school in Harlem during Friday’s visit where she read her book

It all got too much for some of the children who grew emotional as they received hugs from the former working members of the royal family

It all got too much for some of the children who grew emotional as they received hugs from the former working members of the royal family

Harry hugs an emotional student during their visit which was touted as a way to promote early literacy for children l

Harry hugs an emotional student during their visit which was touted as a way to promote early literacy for children l

Meghan chats with a little girl in the outdoor tent area at the Harlem school which was set up for the reading event

Meghan chats with a little girl in the outdoor tent area at the Harlem school which was set up for the reading event

Meghan wore a $7,500 designer pant suit and around $400,000 worth of jewelry to Harlem's PS 123 Mahalia Jackson school

Meghan wore a $7,500 designer pant suit and around $400,000 worth of jewelry to Harlem’s PS 123 Mahalia Jackson school 

Meghan sported a $5,840 cashmere coat and matching $1,680 pants

Around 94 percent of students at the school are eligible for free meals, according to Public School Review

Meghan sported a $5,840 cashmere coat and matching $1,680 pants for her visit to the public school where 94 percent of students are eligible for free meals, according to Public School Review

Meghan holds up some pink paper hearts which the children have illustrated and gave to her as a gift before they left

Meghan holds up some pink paper hearts which the children have illustrated and gave to her as a gift before they left 

Meghan is seen reading her book The Bench to a group of second-grade students under a white tent in the playground

Meghan is seen reading her book The Bench to a group of second-grade students under a white tent in the playground 

Harry is seen sitting among the second-grade students on the ground as they enjoy storytime with his wife Meghan

Harry is seen sitting among the second-grade students on the ground as they enjoy storytime with his wife Meghan 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive at Melba's Harlem restaurant for lunch after spending their morning at the school

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive at Melba’s Harlem restaurant for lunch after spending their morning at the school

After visiting the Harlem school, Meghan and Harry stopped by at Melba's soul food restaurant in Harlem (seen leaving)

After visiting the Harlem school, Meghan and Harry stopped by at Melba’s soul food restaurant in Harlem (seen leaving)

Meghan is spotted leaving Melba's, which was founded by Harlem native Melba Wilson

Meghan is spotted leaving Melba's, which was founded by Harlem native Melba Wilson

Meghan is spotted leaving Melba’s, which was founded by Harlem native Melba Wilson. It ties in with their focus on promoting vaccine equity – as it partnered with the city to become a COVID-19 vaccine pop-up last month

Data from the NYC Department of Education shows 95% of students at the school fall onto the economic need index

Data from the NYC Department of Education shows 95% of students at the school fall onto the economic need index 

The restaurant, founded by Harlem native Melba Wilson, ties in well with the Sussexes’ whistlestop tour promoting vaccine equity as it became a COVID-19 vaccine pop-up to try to boost take-up in the neighborhood. 

The couple had been spotted exiting the Carlyle Hotel on Manhattan’s Upper East Side with their beefed-up security to embark on what is expected to be another day of mystery meetings and engagements around the Big Apple.  

The couple kicked off the first day of their tour Thursday rubbing shoulders with New York lawmakers and UN officials as well as paying their respects to the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks at Ground Zero.

They also visited the offices of the World Health Organization (WHO) where they held a meeting with Chelsea Clinton, health officials and other experts to discuss vaccine equity – ahead of their appearance at Saturday’s Global Citizen concert.

Last night, Harry, 37, was then spotted in Bemelmans Bar in the Carlyle Hotel chatting animatedly with the people at his table – with no sign of Meghan, 40, in sight. 

They are staying at the lavish hotel, where top-tier rooms cost up to $8,800 a night, during what is their first major public appearance since they shocked the world by stepping back as senior working members of the royal family last January.      

The Sussexes refuel at iconic Harlem soul food restaurant Melba’s – which hosted pop-up vaccine site 

The Sussexes stopped off at Harlem soul food restaurant Melba’s for a spot of lunch Friday after working up an appetite on their morning visit to a local school.     

It isn’t clear what Meghan and Harry ate but the restaurant, which prides itself on its homey feel, is known for its southern fried chicken and eggnog waffles. 

A fellow diner posted photos on social media showing the couple speaking to people in the background and lining up to enter the eatery in face masks.

‘just had a delicious lunch with @anthonyha, meghan markle, and prince harry,’ the diner tweeted.

‘they wouldn’t let us pay for their meal (true story, we tried).’

The restaurant, founded by Harlem native Melba Wilson, ties in with one of the key focuses of their whistlestop tour of the Big Apple – promoting vaccine equity – as it partnered with the city to become a COVID-19 vaccine pop-up last month.  

The city partnered with Melba’s on the mobile site last month in an effort to try to boost uptake of the vaccine in the neighborhood.

Harlem’s population is 54 percent black, according to Census data and vaccine take-up has been lower than other parts of the city. 

Both Meghan and Harry opted for more casual looks for the visit to the school in Harlem Friday, compared to their business-like attire the day before.

The duchess opted for a head to toe red number, with loose-fitting pants, stiletto court shoes and coat. The pant suit is by Loro Piana with the coat costing $5,840 and the pants $1,680. 

For a second day in a row, she appeared to dress for winter in the cashmere coat – after social media users were baffled by her choice of black turtle neck and heavy coats during Thursday’s outing despite New York City’s balmy 80F heat.  

The prince, meanwhile, swapped his formal suits for beige chinos and a long-sleeve navy polo shirt for the school visit, was touted as a way to promote early literacy. 

The couple sported matching black face masks as they greeted children in the playground of the public school, who showed the couple a brightly colored mural they had made.  

Meghan and Harry chatted to the children, hugging many of them and posing for photos by the colorful display. 

One of the students was seen getting emotional during the visit and was reduced to tears as she was given a hug from the prince. 

Meghan then took to the stage at an outdoor reading event to read her children’s book The Bench to a group of second-grade students. 

Harry sat cross-legged on a cushion on  the ground with around two dozen seven-year-olds as they listened to the duchess read aloud from the book. 

‘I wrote this when we just had our little boy, and I haven’t read it to any other kids but you,’ she told the children. 

After reading the book, she then took questions from some of the students and asked them what special place they share with the important people in their lives.

‘It doesn’t have to be a bench. It can be anywhere where you feel comfortable,’ she told them. 

The Bench, released on June 8, explores the ‘special bond between father and son’ as ‘seen through a mother’s eyes’.  

Meghan has previously said the book was inspired by a poem she wrote for Harry on his first Father’s Day – one month after Archie was born. 

Illustrations throughout are inspired by the Sussex family – including their daughter Lilibet Diana who was only born four days before its release and after the illustrations were drawn.    

The couple are seen leaving the Harlem restaurant after stopping by for a bite to eat. It isn't clear what they ate but the restaurant is known for its southern fried chicken and eggnog waffles

The couple are seen leaving the Harlem restaurant after stopping by for a bite to eat. It isn’t clear what they ate but the restaurant is known for its southern fried chicken and eggnog waffles

Students showed the couple a brightly colored mural in the playground, before they posed for photos in front of it

Students showed the couple a brightly colored mural in the playground, before they posed for photos in front of it

Harry chats to a student in the playground as they gather to sit and listen to Meghan reading out her children's book

Harry chats to a student in the playground as they gather to sit and listen to Meghan reading out her children’s book 

Meghan Markle arrives at a school in Harlem, Manhattan, to kick off day two of their three-day New York City tour

Meghan Markle arrives at a school in Harlem, Manhattan, to kick off day two of their three-day New York City tour

Harry steps out of his gas-guzzling SUV to arrive at Harlem's PS 123 Mahalia Jackson school for Friday morning's visit

Harry steps out of his gas-guzzling SUV to arrive at Harlem’s PS 123 Mahalia Jackson school for Friday morning’s visit

The Sussexes posed for photos with students at PS 123 Mahalia Jackson school as they showed the couple a mural in the yard

The Sussexes posed for photos with students at PS 123 Mahalia Jackson school as they showed the couple a mural in the yard

Meghan read her children's book The Bench to a group of second-grade students (aged around seven) at the public school

Meghan read her children’s book The Bench to a group of second-grade students (aged around seven) at the public school

Meghan waves at the students as the couple arrive at the Harlem school Friday on day two of their New York City trip

Meghan waves at the students as the couple arrive at the Harlem school Friday on day two of their New York City trip 

Harry joins the children on the ground as they sit and listen to Meghan reading from her children's book The Bench

Harry joins the children on the ground as they sit and listen to Meghan reading from her children’s book The Bench 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visited the school in Harlem where 94 percent of children are eligible for free meals

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visited the school in Harlem where 94 percent of children are eligible for free meals

Meghan hugs students at PS 123 Mahalia Jackson school in Harlem, New York City, during the visit Friday morning

Meghan hugs students at PS 123 Mahalia Jackson school in Harlem, New York City, during the visit Friday morning 

Harry jokes around with the children. Data from NYC Department of Education reveals an estimated 95 percent of students at the public school fall on the economic need index

Harry jokes around with the children. Data from NYC Department of Education reveals an estimated 95 percent of students at the public school fall on the economic need index

Second-grade students sit cross-legged on green cushions in the school playground to listen to Meghan read The Bench

Second-grade students sit cross-legged on green cushions in the school playground to listen to Meghan read The Bench 

The couple sported matching black face masks as they greeted children in the playground of the public school

The couple sported matching black face masks as they greeted children in the playground of the public school

The Sussexes arrive at the Harlem school Friday before Meghan read her book to a group of seven-year-old students

The Sussexes arrive at the Harlem school Friday before Meghan read her book to a group of seven-year-old students 

The Sussexes pose for photos with the students at the school where they donated two garden boxes with vegetables

The Sussexes pose for photos with the students at the school where they donated two garden boxes with vegetables

The Bench, released on June 8, explores the 'special bond between father and son' as 'seen through a mother's eyes'

The Bench, released on June 8, explores the ‘special bond between father and son’ as ‘seen through a mother’s eyes’

Meghan donated copies of her book to the school and the students presented her with paper hearts of pink and white with drawings and messages as the Sussexes left the school.  

The couple also donated two garden boxes filled with vegetables and herbs to the school. Through their Archewell Foundation, in partnership with Proctor & Gamble, they also stocked the school’s pantry with personal health and hygiene supplies. 

They plan to donate a washer and dryer to the school as well so more children can have clean uniforms.

An anti-vax and anti-mask heckler stood outside the school shouting through a bullhorn.  

The school, supported in part by the youth and family nonprofit Graham Windham, serves children in kindergarten through eighth grade. 

Harry was joined by two men and one woman for Thursday evening’s jaunt to the hotel bar, where he chatted over a glass of wine while a jazz pianist played in the background.

He had arrived for what appeared to be a business meeting just after 5.30pm, taking a table in a corner under close watch by his security detail, and leaving around 45 minutes later.  

It is not clear who his companions were but they were all dressed in business attire and Harry was carrying an iPad and notebook.

The evening topped off a busy day for Meghan and Harry as they jetted around the Big Apple to a number of mystery meetings, which have been kept under wraps from the public and the press. 

On Thursday morning, the Sussexes first visited the One World Trade Center observatory where they met with New York Governor Kathy Hochul, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and de Blasio’s family.

They arrived around 8.14am heading straight up the tower and emerging around 30 minutes later to pose for photos with the officials.  

While atop the One World Trade Center, Meghan said ‘it’s wonderful to be back’ in New York – following her last visit in September 2019 when she cheered on close friend and tennis star Serena Williams at the US Open.  

Meghan puts her arm around a child who appears to be emotional meeting the former working members of the royal family

Meghan puts her arm around a child who appears to be emotional meeting the former working members of the royal family 

The visit to the school marked the start of the second day of their three-day trip to the Big Apple in their first major public appearance since quitting the royal family

The visit to the school marked the start of the second day of their three-day trip to the Big Apple in their first major public appearance since quitting the royal family

The duchess opted for a head to toe red number, with loose-fitting trousers, stiletto court shoes and coat

The prince chose beige chinos and a long-sleeve navy polo shirt

The duchess opted for a head to toe red number, with loose-fitting trousers, stiletto court shoes and coat (left). The prince chose beige chinos and a long-sleeve navy polo shirt (right) 

Meghan kneels down to chat to a little girl on the playground of the school in Harlem, Manhattan, New York City Friday

Meghan kneels down to chat to a little girl on the playground of the school in Harlem, Manhattan, New York City Friday

Meghan donated copies of her book to the school and the students presented her with paper hearts of pink and white with drawings and messages as the Sussexes left the school

Meghan donated copies of her book to the school and the students presented her with paper hearts of pink and white with drawings and messages as the Sussexes left the school

The duchess speaks with students and staff at the school which serves shelters for families without permanent homes

The duchess speaks with students and staff at the school which serves shelters for families without permanent homes

The couple sported face masks throughout the visit where they spent around one hour speaking with students and staff

The couple sported face masks throughout the visit where they spent around one hour speaking with students and staff

Meghan and Harry hug people at the school goodbye as they leave to embark on the remainder of their day's meetings

Meghan and Harry hug people at the school goodbye as they leave to embark on the remainder of their day’s meetings 

Through their Archewell Foundation, in partnership with Proctor & Gamble, the couple stocked the school’s pantry with personal health and hygiene supplies

Through their Archewell Foundation, in partnership with Proctor & Gamble, the couple stocked the school’s pantry with personal health and hygiene supplies

Harry crouches down to speak with some young children in the playground of the school where 95% of kids are living in economic hardship

Harry crouches down to speak with some young children in the playground of the school where 95% of kids are living in economic hardship

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are seen leaving their luxury hotel in Manhattan with their beefed-up security Friday

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are seen leaving their luxury hotel in Manhattan with their beefed-up security Friday

Their fleet of gas-guzzling SUVs were spotted exiting the Carlyle Hotel on Manhattan's Upper East Side late Friday morning

Their fleet of gas-guzzling SUVs were spotted exiting the Carlyle Hotel on Manhattan’s Upper East Side late Friday morning

The Sussexes are seen driving away from the lavish Manhattan hotel for day two of their three-day tour around New York City

The Sussexes are seen driving away from the lavish Manhattan hotel for day two of their three-day tour around New York City

The Sussexes are seen driving away from the lavish Manhattan hotel for day two of their three-day tour around New York City

The Sussexes meet Chelsea Clinton at the WHO over vaccine equity 

Meghan and Harry wrapped up their first day in the Big Apple Thursday by hosting a meeting on vaccine equity with Chelsea Clinton and other health experts at the World Health Organization (WHO) offices in the United Nations (UN) building. 

The couple released a statement on the Instagram account for their non-profit Archewell saying they had partnered with the WHO to host a ‘dialogue on the urgent need to achieve global vaccine equity.’ 

‘In this room, we had a number of the foremost leaders on public health, pandemic preparedness, scientific progress, and community building,’ they said in a joint statement. 

‘Today’s meeting was a much-appreciated opportunity to learn from some of the most-respected experts who are working tirelessly to end this pandemic. 

‘Building on ongoing conversations we’ve had with global leaders over the past 18 months, today further reinforced our commitment to vaccine equity. We’re so encouraged by the spirit of collaboration we heard throughout our conversation and are eager to do our part.’ 

Meghan and Harry wrapped up their first day in the Big Apple Thursday by hosting a meeting on vaccine equity with Chelsea Clinton and health officials at the WHO building

Meghan and Harry wrapped up their first day in the Big Apple Thursday by hosting a meeting on vaccine equity with Chelsea Clinton and health officials at the WHO building 

The meeting included: Chelsea Clinton, WHO assistant director-general Stewart Simonson, Director of Global Affairs at the Department of Health and Human Services Loyce Pace, WHO Foundation CEO Anil Soni, WHO director-general Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, former president of Liberia Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the UN’s Under-Secretary General Winnie Byanyima. 

Clinton, the daughter of former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, is the vice-chair of the Clinton Foundation. 

The Sussexes had been spotted emerging from the WHO HQ at 885 Second Avenue late Thursday afternoon, carrying both WHO documents and documents featuring their Archewell Foundation branding.

The discussion on vaccine equity comes ahead of their appearance at Saturday’s Global Citizen concert, which is also focused on the same mission. 

The couple then parted ways with the officials and took a tour of the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, joined by National September 11 Memorial & Museum President Alice Greenwald and Patricia Harris, CEO of Bloomberg Philanthropy.  

The Sussexes visited both pools on the sites where the North Tower and South Tower once stood, reading the names of the victims inscribed on the memorials and taking a moment of silence by a wreath. 

They spent around 30 minutes inside the museum before being whisked back to their hotel for a quick pit stop and outfit change. 

Around midday, they traveled to 50 UN Plaza for a meeting with US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield on COVID-19, racial justice and mental health. 

The ambassador described the meeting as ‘wonderful’ as she shared snaps of the trio chatting on sofas in a lounge area and then posing in front of UN branding.    

‘Wonderful meeting with Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex,’ she tweeted, with photos from their meeting. 

‘Important discussion of COVID, racial justice, and raising mental health awareness,’ she wrote on social media. 

Meghan and Harry then paid a visit to the World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters at 885 Second Avenue, where they emerged carrying both WHO documents and documents featuring their Archewell Foundation branding.

The couple revealed on the Instagram account for their non-profit Archewell that they had partnered with the WHO to host a ‘dialogue on the urgent need to achieve global vaccine equity.’

‘In this room, we had a number of the foremost leaders on public health, pandemic preparedness, scientific progress, and community building,’ they said in a joint statement. 

‘Today’s meeting was a much-appreciated opportunity to learn from some of the most-respected experts who are working tirelessly to end this pandemic. 

‘Building on ongoing conversations we’ve had with global leaders over the past 18 months, today further reinforced our commitment to vaccine equity. We’re so encouraged by the spirit of collaboration we heard throughout our conversation and are eager to do our part.’  

The meeting brought together ‘world leaders, health officials, and experts’ including: Chelsea Clinton, WHO assistant director-general Stewart Simonson, Director of Global Affairs at the Department of Health and Human Services Loyce Pace, WHO Foundation CEO Anil Soni, WHO director-general Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, former president of Liberia Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the UN’s Under-Secretary General Winnie Byanyima. 

Clinton, the daughter of former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, is  the vice-chair of her family’s foundation and is a global health advocate.  

Much of the details of the Sussexes’ trip to the Big Apple – including the purpose of the meetings with various officials – remain under wraps.

They are scheduled to appear at Saturday’s Global Citizen concert in Central Park which focuses on vaccine equity.    

Last night, Harry, 37, was then spotted in Bemelmans Bar in the Carlyle Hotel on Manhattan's Upper East Side chatting animatedly with the people at his table - with no sign of Meghan, 40, in sight (above)

Last night, Harry, 37, was then spotted in Bemelmans Bar in the Carlyle Hotel on Manhattan’s Upper East Side chatting animatedly with the people at his table – with no sign of Meghan, 40, in sight (above) 

There they met with NY Governor Kathy Hochul (furthest left) and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio (next to Harry) as well as De Blasio's wife Chirlane McCray, and the couple's son Dante (furthest right)

There they met with NY Governor Kathy Hochul (furthest left) and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio (next to Harry) as well as De Blasio’s wife Chirlane McCray, and the couple’s son Dante (furthest right)

They then traveled to 50 UN Plaza for a meeting with US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield on COVID-19, racial justice and mental health (above)

They then traveled to 50 UN Plaza for a meeting with US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield on COVID-19, racial justice and mental health (above)

source: dailymail.co.uk