The Sussexes visited a military base in New Jersey for Veterans Day

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are seen after a visit to One World Observatory with Governor Hochul and Mayor de Blasio

One of the things which has largely gone unnoted this week is that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were in New York from (at least) Tuesday through Thursday and there were absolutely zero paparazzi photos of them. There were no street photos, no photos of Meghan arriving at the Dealbook summit, no coming-and-going shots of them at the Salute to Freedom gala. I’m not sure we even know which hotel they’re using during this trip! They really found a way to fly under the radar and completely evade paparazzi. Which is pretty amazing. It also bodes well for the staff they have around them: no one is leaking now. The Sussexes control their own message now, and they control when, where and how they’re seen.

Back when Harry’s appearance at the Salute to Freedom gala was confirmed, I suggested that he and Meghan would probably stay on the East Coast for some military/veterans work for Armistice Day and Remembrance Week. They did. On Thursday, they went to New Jersey for a visit to the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, where they hosted a luncheon for service members and their spouses. It seems like Harry & Meghan brought their own photographer (Lee Morgan) and authorized him to release photos to the media.

Meghan and Harry reportedly “discussed topics like mental health and the importance of community.” Both wore red poppy pins and Meghan wore all-black, like she did at the Dealbook Summit. Very strange that The Other Brother and Jazz Hands didn’t think to do something like this for the military community on November 11th!

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  1. Barrett says:

    I love this! I am from NJ and used to be friends w come of the service people at Fort Dix. Its funny though they look too dressed up! They need to go down to relaxed military style!

    But they sure look gorgeous. Heart warming meeting.

  2. AVEA says:

    It must be so nice to have a team that isn’t comprised of leakers and back stabbers. I’m glad they got to observe remembrance and veterans Day they way they wanted to, without those other ones using the occasion to hurt Harry once again

    • Nyro says:

      Yep. What the BRF and BM did last year was unbelievably cruel. That moment actually earned those local island royals a lot o criticism from Americans. I remember seeing ppl on social media who don’t even follow royal news commenting about that and dragging the royals. The American veterans community has really adopted Harry and it’s lovely to see.

      • Merricat says:

        It IS lovely to see. And yes, it was illuminating to see that royal pettiness wins over honoring the country’s veterans. It was pretty stunning, even for people who don’t pay attention to Britain’s monarchy.

    • Couch potato says:

      One thing is hurting Harry, another thing is to release it to the media. They sendt a less than nice message to the armed forces with their petiness. At that point they were still going on about the one year review, meaning a.f.a the RF was concerned he could come back AND he still had his honorary titles. They’re really doing their best to ruin foreigners impression of them.

      • windyriver says:

        And as I recall, the wreath Harry had made last year, that the RF refused to allow to be laid, was made by disabled veterans, so a direct slap in the face to those people. Disgusting behavior by the family.

  3. Becks1 says:

    i’m so glad they did this, its an excellent way to commemorate Veteran’s Day, and I do think these kinds of visits carry so much more weight since Harry is a veteran. He’s not just a random royal showing up to talk. he served in Afghanistan as we all know and I think that just makes it possible for him to connect with other veterans and military personnel in their families in a way that a lot of the other royals can’t.

  4. BothSidesNow says:

    Of course they did!!! This is an example of a couple, even with the ongoing struggles, make time and commit to show their appreciation for all veterans near or far!! I also love that they are extremely private as to their schedules and no one hears a peep about it!! We can all serve a life of duty and they are certainly the ones that can and will commit to appear and follow through happily!!

  5. Noki says:

    The Keens released a clip of Kate talking to a veteran and a scout today.

    • Jane says:

      I doubt that W&K unilaterally arrange their own Remembrance Day events. It’s probable that it’s all coordinated centrally because it’s such a big deal for the royal family.

      • Nic919 says:

        They would not have been prevented from meeting veterans on the 11th. William and Kate just didn’t choose to make that effort.

        Camilla and Charles did public engagements on the 11th though.

      • Becks1 says:

        So did Sophie and I think the Gloucesters. The cambridges could have absolutely have done something, it would have involved working though, and William and Kate have already worked once this week, sooooo…

      • Still_Sarah says:

        I believe the main BRF event is on Remembrance Sunday which is tomorrow.

    • Layla says:

      Ofc they did 🙄🙄🙄🙄

      The audacity of these two to show their faces in the open when you learn off al the b*llsh*t their right hand man pulled off. There’s no way they didn’t know and it’s funny cuz there no way they can escape from it because if they didn’t know, then it shows their incompetence in hiring their chief staff (and if they can’t hire a staff properly what makes them think they can run a country) and if they did (which most likely they did) then they look petty, vindictive, and shallow (who needs enemies when you have family members like these two)

    • Nic919 says:

      They didn’t do any public events for Remembrance day though, which is on the 11th. All the royals should be out and about on that particular day of all days. Charles and Camilla were out doing events but those two were nowhere to be seen.

      • Amy Bee says:

        @Nic919: Charles went to Brixton which was strange. I think he should start going with Camilla to the Field of Remembrance instead.

      • Nic919 says:

        Apparently what Camilla attended was something that Philip used to do on the 11th, so I can see the messaging there. But I do agree it was odd that Charles didn’t attend a specific Remembrance Day event. That said he was at least doing something.

  6. Jillian says:

    They look happy to be there, and I’m sure they sincerely were! Take a note, creepy brother and wife

  7. Willow says:

    So happy to see they included spouses too! This must have been so much fun for everyone.

  8. Amy Bee says:

    Kate went to the Imperial Museum as she does almost every November. But I agree they could burnish those military bonafides by visiting military bases around the UK. They could have even visited the US one. But I don’t think William has the same love for the military that Harry has. William joined the military because he had to as heir to the throne.

    As for Harry and Meghan’s visit, it was a pleasant surprise but perhaps it shouldn’t have been. They did the same thing when they were in the UK. It was one the last engagements they did before leaving for Canada. I think this is going to be a regular thing they do to commemorate Veterans/Remembrance Day.

    • Nic919 says:

      Doing something on the 11th should have been a priority. In commonwealth countries the actual day of Remembrance is on the 11th and not put off to the weekend. That neither kate or William took the time to do any public engagements yesterday is pretty pathetic.

  9. Layla says:

    Meghan looked so elegant!!!
    That dress is perfect
    It looks like something a certain glitter lady finger would wear but Meghan just makes it extra classy. Is it her posture?
    And my God those Armani shoes. Assymetrical line heels are so so elegant and really complement the outfits Meghan wears with them
    Both of them looked in their element. Meghan looked like she fit in perfectly and Harry was so happy. This is what he was made for. They both naturally look like leaders.
    I noticed a camera on the edge of the picture with Meghan in it. Are they recording this? I hope they are! I can’t wait for whatever that will be

    • JT says:

      I loved her entire look for this and Harry looks good too. I hope they continue to things like this for the military, which obviously Harry will because of his service. I’m just glad that he said to hell with the royals’ bs last year and is doing his own thing.

  10. Nyro says:

    The haters are all pissed about this, of course. The funniest thing is that they all write about this stuff as if the Sussexes are still in the Firm and need permission to do these things. From the derangers to the British media, none of these people can accept the fact that H&M are freakin’ GONE and can do whatever tf they want to because they no longer work for queenie. It’s pathetic.

    • Nic919 says:

      It was thoughtful of H and M to visit the veterans yesterday because they didn’t have to. Also unbeknownst to them, W and K were In hiding yesterday, likely because of the appeal, but also, laziness.

    • One of the marys says:

      @Nyro, what is the basis of their grievances? I’m curious because I’m not on Twitter and I don’t even know where else to go to see the haters’ reaction

  11. Over it says:

    I am so proud of these two.No matter what is going on in their lives, they make Time for others and their struggles.I respect Harry and Meghan tremendously

  12. Mimi says:

    I love that Harry is getting to see different parts of his new homeland. I’m excited that they are starting to become more visible and I’m looking forward to whatever comes next for them.

  13. Rapunzel says:

    How anyone can criticize this is astounding. And those same people then say they support the troops. What hypocrisy.

  14. Margaret says:

    What I like is that picture where the troops all look pleased, no why am I here expressions.

  15. Meg says:

    Lol jazz hands

  16. Izzy says:

    I mean, of course Lord Keenbridge wouldn’t think todo something like this. Harry actually served with men and women like the ones he visited. For The Keenster, it’s all just cosplay.

  17. Che says:

    What a class act of kindness. Harry and Meghan do the little things that add up to huge feelings of gratitude. I am in awe of their journey .Having a meaningful impact is a gift that keeps on giving.

  18. Christine says:

    Firstly, good on Harry and Meghan for spending this day with the troops, and of course they did, that’s them.

    Secondly, the juxtaposition of today’s stories is so stark. They clearly have the team around them that they should have had from the start, I am so glad.

  19. Chelsea says:

    Harry always looks so at home and happy around his military family. I’m very happy with the way he bounced back from that wreathgate mess the Firm pulled last year and has continued to support the UK armed forces from afar while also engaging with the US military community in his new home. He trained for combat in the US and made many visits to our veterans over the years when he was on tours in addition to involving the States in the Invictus Games so it’s a seemless transition for him. Meghan did many USO tours before she met Harry so this was probably very natural for her too. So happy that he found a wife so supportive of the military community and that he’s somewhere where his work for veterans is actually appreciated.

  20. Robin Samuels says:

    Service is universal.
    Brixton is a predominantly Black community. Charles is working to prove he’s not a racist, and he has nothing to do with the mistreatment of his daughter-in-law and grandchildren. Sorry Charles, not working.
    I thought I saw William with the black football player who feeds children the wealthy royals ignore when Kate visited the war museum. It’s as though they were dispersed throughout London to tone down the appeal fiasco. The British media treats the Wessex couple like ghosts. Imagine Sophie went along with the “be rude to Meghan” plot at the service last year. She thought she and Edward were replacing Harry and Meghan. Karma came fast.
    Harry is quite comfortable in military environments, and I’m sure he’s recruiting for the 2022 Invictus Games. Pleasant gesture to visit and feed.
    Brace yourself tomorrow for the Royal performance Sunday. The medic division at BP has prepared QE2 for her appearance. I hope they tailor her dress, so it doesn’t appear so big.
    Happy Thanksgiving Bitches