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Meghan Markle body-shamed after NYC event, Internet blames her 'unflattering' dress

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry called for equal global vaccine distribution at Global Citizen Live in New York City
UPDATED SEP 27, 2021
Meghan Markle wore a white, embellished Valentino shift dress, featuring flower appliques. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Global Citizen)
Meghan Markle wore a white, embellished Valentino shift dress, featuring flower appliques. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Global Citizen)

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle gave a joint speech in favor of global vaccine equity at the New York event for Global Citizen Live at the Great Lawn in Central Park.

The Sussexes called for equal global vaccine distribution, imploring world leaders and pharmaceutical companies to treat access to Covid-19 vaccine as "basic human rights". "Every single person on this planet has a fundamental right to get this vaccine. That's the point. But that's not happening. And while in this country and many others you can go almost anywhere and get vaccinated, billions of people around the world cannot," Meghan said. 


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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at Global Citizen Live, New York on September 25, 2021 in New York City (Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images)

"They said many countries are ready to produce vaccines at home, yet they aren't allowed to, because ultra-wealthy pharmaceutical companies are not sharing the recipes to make them. These countries have the means, the ability and the workers to start manufacturing. All they are waiting for is the vaccine intellectual property to be waived and for the vaccine technology to be transferred over," Harry said.

Meghan Markle added: "And finally in our conversations, these experts shared that how the vaccine is distributed, and who it's distributed to, should be left to independent international organizations who know exactly where the doses are most needed. Just think about the millions of vaccines that have been discarded this year. That's like throwing away life vests when those around you are drowning."

For the event, Meghan wore a white, embellished Valentino shift dress, featuring flower appliques. She paired the look with black, pointed-toe heels and a loose, low ponytail. Prince Harry opted for a white button-up shirt with the collar worn open under a tailored black suit.

Some on the Internet, following Meghan’s appearance at the event, made comments on her supposed weight gain. “Meghan markle looks unhealthy to me. Can’t make a fat joke when they look bloated. Is duchess of Sussex okay?” asked one Twitter user. Another tweet said, “I’m not criticising #MeghanMarkle ‘s body bc we all have our moments in life with weight gains and what not BUT her choice of clothing is so unflattering. Why does her stylist send her out looking hideous? Wear clothes that fit right ffs!” Another person said, “Wow — she’s packed some weight on and this definitely does not flatter her!”




But many also came to her defense. One person wrote, “Some people are absolute monsters criticizing how Meghan Markle Mountbatten-Windsor looks. She had a baby 3 months back and she looks good. Criticizing her body/breast/weight/clothing etc is so low nasty and cruel.” Another person wrote, “Meghan Markle will never read your tweets about her weight, but women struggling with overweight, especially women that just gave birth, will.”



Other celebrities also participating in Global Citizen Live included Andrea Bocelli, Billie Eilish, BTS, Camila Cabello, Coldplay, Cyndi Lauper, Demi Lovato, Doja Cat, Duran Duran, Ed Sheeran, Elton John, Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lopez, Kylie Minogue, Lizzo, Lorde, Metallica, Ricky Martin and Shawn Mendes.