Photos emerge of Meghan Markle's surprise trip to a Dusseldorf cafe for homeless women as William touches down in New York
- Meghan, 42, visited TrebeCafé in Dusseldorf which supports the homeless
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In photos that surfaced just as the Prince of Wales commenced his Earthshot trip in New York City, Meghan, 42, is pictured beaming with a woman who is thought to be named Aylin Aydemir at TrebeCafé.
The images, which were shared by fan accounts on social media, were undated but are believed to have been taken before the Duchess left Germany after the Invictus Games last week.
Opting for another monochrome outfit, the Duchess donned a £300 grey cable knit long sleeved top from Toteme and a pair of £300 pleated wide-leg trousers from the same brand.
As she met with workers and women who visit the community cafe before the end of the Sussexes' joint trip to Germany, Prince William landed in the couple's home country of the US as he touched down at Newark Airport ahead of a week of Earthshot events.
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, visited TrebeCafé in Dusseldorf before heading back to the US after the Invictus Games
During her visit to the cafe, the Duchess shared a sweet moment with a little girl who appeared to present her with a dish
While at the cafe, which employs social workers to help women who visit, Meghan was pictured in a sweet moment with a little girl who appeared to present her with a dish.
In the snaps, the Duchess can be seen wearing gold bracelets on her wrist, and wearing her thick brunette locks loose and hanging past her shoulders.
She beams as she stands with her arm around one woman at the cafe.
The community space provides support and resources for women and girls who are homeless and has recently launched a campaign against period poverty.
This is an issue Meghan has spoken out on in the past: in 2017, the then-35-year-old girlfriend of Prince Harry penned an essay for Time magazine about how the shame associated with menstruation and the lack of access to appropriate sanitation hinders girls from pursuing an education in developing nations.
Meghan stressed that in order to remedy the problem of period poverty, girls need Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM), access to toilets and sanitary pads.
She wrote: 'Beyond India, in communities all over the globe, young girls' potential is being squandered because we are too shy to talk about the most natural thing in the world.
'To that I say: we need to push the conversation, mobilize policy making surrounding menstrual health initiatives, support organizations who foster girls' education from the ground up, and within our own homes, we need to rise above our puritanical bashfulness when it comes to talking about menstruation.'
Photos of Meghan's visit to the cafe emerge days after the closing ceremony for the Invictus Games in Dusseldorf (pictured: Meghan and Harry attend the Games' closing ceremony)
Meghan was glowing in an £830 Cult Gaia dress laser-cut with floral patterns, along with £525 leather pumps from Aquazzura at the closing ceremony
The Sussexes are snapped chatting as they watch the closing ceremony which celebrated the 6th Invictus Games
Meghan and Harry enjoying the closing ceremony at the Invictus Games in Dusseldorf
Dominic Reid, chief executive of the Invictus Games, Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, Elke Bundenbender and Frank-Walter Steinmeier, president of Germany, at the Invictus Games closing ceremony in Dusseldorf
The photos emerge just days after the Invictus Games' closing ceremony, during which Prince Harry gave an emotional speech.
His five-minute speech saluted those who have taken part in the week-long games, which were founded in 2014 for veterans to represent their county and compete in.
Meghan stood alongside her husband. She wore a £830 Raylene dress from Cult Gaia, laser-cut with floral patterns.
She paired the frock with £525 Purist leather pumps from Aquazzura, £595 Kimai diamond earrings made with lab-grown stones, a £5,000 Cartier bracelet and a £50,000 Lorraine Schwartz emerald cut diamond pinky ring.
Meanwhile Prince William, who has just arrived in the US where the Sussexes are returning to, has been busy with his own worthy causes.
Last night, William, 41, met with UN secretary general Antonion Guterres to discuss 'efforts required to accelerate the fight against climate change and protect the environment'.
The Prince of Wales and the UN Secretary-General appeared in high spirits as they toured the 93-member world body where world leaders have gathered for their annual summit.
After telling reporters it was 'so good to be back' in the US as he got waist deep in the Hudson at an Oyster project, he took a trip to the UN ahead of a 'no nonsense' climate summit being hosted by Guterres on Wednesday.
After their meeting, a UN spokesperson said the pair also 'discussed efforts to enhance implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, as well as financing for development'.
Guterres warned that the goals 'need a global rescue plan.'
Britain's Prince William, Prince of Wales speaks to students from the Urban Assembly New York Harbor School about the Billion Oyster Project on Governors Island in New York on Monday, Sept. 18, 2023. (AP Photo/Stefan Jeremiah, Pool)
Britain's Prince William, Prince of Wales arrives at a waiting boat ahead of a trip to meet students from the Urban Assembly New York Harbor School regarding the Billion Oyster Project on Governors Island on Monday, Sept. 18, 2023, in New York. (AP Photo/Stefan Jeremiah, Pool)
Earlier, William heaped praise on the US, saying 'no-one does optimism and ingenuity like the American people' as he arrived at Newark airport last night on the two day trip.
William, who flew commercial and was traveling without the Princess of Wales, went straight from the airport to Governor's island, which sits in New York Harbour.
There he was due to learn about the Billion Oyster Project, which aims to make the waters around New York clean by putting a billion oyster shells in them by 2035 to act as natural filters.
Tomorrow William will announce the 15 finalists for this year's Earthshot Prize, which awards companies and projects focusing on climate solutions.
There appears to be no plans to see his estranged brother while in the US - just days after Prince Harry's Invictus Games came to a close in Dusseldorf, Germany.
During their time in Dusseldorf, the Sussexes were a hit with athletes at the Invictus Games, as well as their families and other spectators.
Much like Harry's brother William, the couple made their own diplomatic visits - including to a NATO meeting one morning before they headed to the sitting volleyball event.