Political tensions simmered on Nine’s Today on Friday after co-host Allison Langdon joked that newsreader Alex Cullen was secretly “awake.”
Cullen was reporting on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s visit to New York on Thursday – their first public appearance since the birth of their daughter, Lilibet – when he made a throwaway remark about the royal couple’s activism for the social justice.
But his joke that the Sussexes were “awake” did not suit Langdon, who hinted that Cullen was just as politically progressive as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Embarrassing! Political tensions simmered on Nine’s Today on Friday after co-host Allison Langdon (right, with Karl Stefanovic) joked that newsreader Alex Cullen was secretly “awake”
Cullen, 40, noted that Harry and Meghan were scheduled to perform at a live concert hosted by Global Citizen, an advocacy organization dedicated to eradicating poverty, led by Hugh Evans, of Australian descent .
‘[Evans] knows how to draw a crowd, ”remarked co-host Karl Stefanovic, adding:“… a very wide-awake crowd.
“You can’t be more awake than these two, can you?” “Asked Cullen, to which Stefanovic replied,” You can’t!
‘Sorry my friend!’ Cullen (pictured) was reporting on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s visit to New York on Thursday when he made a throwaway remark about the royal couple’s activism for social justice But his joke that the Sussexes were ‘awake’ did not suit Langdon, who hinted that Cullen was just as politically progressive as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Langdon’s ears pricked up at Cullen’s comment, which she deemed to be misleading.
“Listen to yourself when you call awakening!” She said, hinting that her colleague was just as “awake” as the Sussexes.
Sensing that a line had been crossed, Stefanovic intervened: “Ally, it was very personal. We can [have a] go to Harry and Megs, but not the people you work with every day.
Langdon, 42, laughed at the tension and asked Cullen, “Are you okay?” I don’t know if we are … Sorry, my friend! ‘
‘I will be [okay]Cullen said solemnly, shuffling his notes at the news desk.
The Today show then cast a cross live with traveling weather reporter Tim Davies, who shed light on the situation in the studio.
– Well, I woke up this morning. It’s about as awake as I’m going to be, ”Davies said.
Public appearance: The Duchess of Sussex said it was ‘wonderful’ to be back in New York as she and the Duke of Sussex made their first visit to the Big Apple together on Thursday
The Duchess of Sussex said it was “wonderful” to be back in New York City as she and the Duke of Sussex made their first visit to the Big Apple together on Thursday.
Harry and Meghan’s fall trip to the east coast saw them head to the city’s One World Trade Center, built on the site of the Twin Towers that were destroyed in the 9/11 attacks.
The couple were dressed in dark for the occasion, which comes two weeks after the 20th anniversary of the terrorist atrocity.
Meghan, with her hair in a bun, wore a navy high-necked coat, turtleneck, pants and stiletto heels, while Harry wore a black single-breasted suit and black tie.
When asked by a reporter if she was enjoying her trip to New York, Meghan smiled and replied: “It’s wonderful to be back, thank you.”
Harry looked at his wife as she spoke and smiled.
When asked the same question, the Duke echoed Meghan’s sentiments, saying: “It’s wonderful, thank you.”
The couple wore black masks as they moved around the observatory, removing them as they stood for photos.
The visit is the couple’s first public appearance together since the birth of their daughter, Lilibet, in June, and their first big public trip after the Megxit.
They posed for the media atop the skyscraper against a scenic backdrop, alongside New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York State Governor Kathy Hochul on Thursday morning.
Dark: Harry and Meghan’s fall trip to the east coast saw them head to the city’s One World Trade Center, built on the site of the Twin Towers that were destroyed in the 9/11 attacks. The couple were dressed grimly for the occasion, which comes two weeks after the 20th anniversary of the terrorist atrocity
They were also joined by the family of Mr de Blasio – his wife, the First Lady of New York, the writer and activist Chirlane McCray and his son Dante de Blasio.
Harry and Meghan later paid their respects by visiting the nearby 9/11 Memorial Square.
They looked at a reflecting pool where one of the towers was located and also visited the 9/11 museum.
After visiting One World Trade Center, Harry and Meghan posed for more photos outside, with Meghan, who stepped down as senior royal in March 2020, waving to the crowd of passers-by .
Harry smiled as fans shouted and chanted “Harry” and “Meghan”.
Meghan gave a thumbs up when a woman shouted “Meghan, you are beautiful” as the couple walked away from the site holding hands.
Mr de Blasio tweeted: “The tragedy of September 11 touched the whole world, and it is still being felt today.
“We are honored to join Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, at One World Observatory.”
The couple then met with U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield.
The diplomat tweeted that she had had a “wonderful meeting with Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex”.
Ms Thomas-Greenfield said they had had an “important discussion on Covid, racial justice and mental health awareness”.
Patti Harris, Managing Director of Bloomberg Philanthropies, welcomed Harry and Meghan to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum.
“Leading the way with compassion and unity is at the heart of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s work, and a mission that is very much shared by the @ Sept11Memorial,” she wrote on Twitter.
Ms Harris said she was delighted to talk to them at the museum and “find out more about their work”.
Harry and Meghan started their non-profit Archewell Foundation after stepping down from their royal roles.
This is the first time the Sussexes have visited New York together.
While pregnant with her eldest child Archie in 2019, Meghan was treated to a luxurious baby shower in New York City by her friends.
She also watched the US Open tennis championships in the city in September 2019.
The couple have lived in California since the start of the pandemic after stepping down from royal duties for a life of personal and financial freedom.
The Sussexes are in New York to participate in a global event on Saturday urging leaders to adopt a vaccine equity policy to help end the Covid-19 pandemic.
They are joining the 24 hour show Global Citizen Live which takes place in Central Park in New York City and around the world.
It is one of a number of shows staged in cities from London to Lagos by the organization Global Citizen, featuring artists such as Ed Sheeran, Sir Elton John, Kylie Minogue, Metallica and Coldplay.
Meanwhile, Harry Travalyst’s sustainable tourism initiative has announced that internet giant Google is a new partner.
Flash tour: The Sussexes are in New York to participate in a global event on Saturday urging leaders to adopt a vaccine equity policy to help end the Covid-19 pandemic
Google is joining companies such as Booking.com, Skyscanner, Visa and Tripadvisor, and the coalition is working to drive mass adoption of sustainability standards.
Travalyst said teaming up with Google was a “significant step forward” in its mission.
Sally Davey, CEO of Travalyst, said: “Google’s travel team is globally committed to helping consumers make more sustainable travel choices, and their approach is strongly aligned with the principles. collaboration from Travalyst. “
Google Chief Sustainability Officer Kate Brandt said the company will build tools and technologies to empower travelers and businesses to prioritize sustainability.
Research on hotels, starting this week, now includes information on their sustainability efforts, with those meeting standards wearing an “eco-certified” badge next to their name.