Prince Harry demonstrated his support for his home country as the British flag was waved during the One Young World Summit.
Harry, 37, and his wife Meghan Markle applauded enthusiastically as the British flags were waved in front of 2,000 spectators at Bridgewater Hall in Manchester on Monday night.
The couple, who moved to California after stepping down as working royals, clapped louder when the flags of Britain were presented despite publicly slamming the royal family and claiming they didn’t feel safe in Britain.
The couple’s apparent excitement for Britain came after they stood up when the Ukrainian flag was presented, likely in solidarity with the country amid Russian invasion. Several summit participants stood up to express support for Ukraine.
Meghan, 41, gave her first speech in the UK since Megxit during the summit as she gushed over Prince Harry and the “life-changing” impact of becoming Archie’s mother. She also told the audience: “It’s very nice to be back in the UK.”
The summit marked the couple’s first public appearance in the UK since their return for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in June.
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex clap during the opening ceremony of the One Young World Summit 2022 at Bridgewater Hall
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex clapped along to the music as the flag ceremony took place on stage.
The couple took center stage together on a bench as they joined One Young World advisors to watch the flag bearers enthusiastically display the flags of more than 200 countries during a ceremony.
Meghan, who wore her hair in a sleek ponytail, sat cross-legged and swayed to the beat of a performance by Dancing In The Streets while clapping her hands.
The ceremony also included the flag of the Refugee Nation, which has been included in the ceremony since 2016.
Harry and Meghan are in the UK for two charity events this week.
The pair have asked private security firms to provide a “ring of steel” in Manchester for their appearance at the One Young World Young Leaders’ Forum, amid a dispute over who is paying for their protection on British soil.
The couple’s apparent excitement for Britain came after they stood up when the Ukrainian flag was presented, likely in solidarity with the country amid Russian invasion
A Young World Summit attendee, including Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, stand as the Ukrainian flag is presented
The trip comes amid Harry’s ongoing legal battle with the government over his safety in the UK. He launched legal action after being told he would no longer receive the “same level” of personal protection after stepping down from the royal family in 2020.
He said he did not feel safe under the current security arrangements that brought his family here and had offered to pay British police to act as bodyguards themselves. Last month he won a tender to bring a High Court case against the Home Office.
In addition to a huge security operation, media access to events in Britain was also severely restricted, with only handpicked journalists able to cover the couple.
Harry and Meghan have taken part in several interviews since stepping down from royal life, including their controversial meeting with Oprah in 2021, in which they accused the royal family of racism and said the institution failed to help a suicidal Meghan.
Meghan Markle arrives at the One Young World Summit in Manchester on Monday
Meghan Markle reacts as she listens to Prince Harry during the annual One Young World Summit at Bridgewater Hall in Manchester
During this interview, Meghan revealed that while they lived in the UK, she didn’t feel safe being left home alone.
She recalled encouraging Harry to skip a Cirque du Soleil event at the Royal Albert Hall in 2019 as she was struggling with her mental health.
“I cannot be left alone; I’m scared of what I might do,’ Meghan said, telling Harry.
The couple attended the show together, but Meghan claimed she cried throughout the performance.
“I think it’s so important for people to remember that you have no idea what goes on behind closed doors for someone. I dunno,” she told Oprah of the event.
“Even the people who smile and let the brightest lights shine. You need to have compassion for what may actually be going on.
Harry also said he was ashamed that he didn’t know how to help Meghan and admitted he didn’t go to palace officials or the other royals for help.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11182645/Duke-Duchess-Sussex-clap-enthusiastically-British-flag-waved-One-Young-World-summit.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 The Duke and Duchess of Sussex applaud enthusiastically as the British flag is waved at the One Young World summit