Political tension simmered on Nine’s Today show on Friday after co-host Allison Langdon joked that news anchor Alex Cullen had secretly “woken up”.
Cullen covered the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s visit to New York City – their first public appearance since the birth of their daughter Lilibet – on Thursday when he made a dismissive comment about the royal couple’s activism for social justice.
But his joke about the Sussexes “waking up” didn’t go well with Langdon, who pointed out that Cullen was as politically progressive as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Unpleasant! Political tensions simmered on Nine’s Today show on Friday after co-host Allison Langdon (right, with Karl Stefanovic) joked that news anchor Alex Cullen had secretly “woken up”.
Cullen, 40, noted that Harry and Meghan would perform at a live concert by Global Citizen, an advocacy group committed to ending poverty and led by Australian-born Hugh Evans.
‘[Evans] knows how to attract an audience, “remarked co-host Karl Stefanovic, adding:” … a very lively audience. “
“He definitely does! You can’t wake up any more than these two, can you? ‘ said Cullen, to which Stefanovic replied: ‘You can’t!’
‘Excuse me, my friend!’ Cullen (pictured) covered the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s visit to New York City on Thursday when he made a dismissive comment about the royal couple’s activism for social justice. But his joke that the Sussexes “woke up” didn’t go well with Langdon, who pointed out that Cullen was as politically progressive as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Langdon’s ears perked up at Cullen’s comment, which she thought was insincere.
“Listen to yourself when you call out wakefulness!” She said, indicating that her colleague had just “woken up” like the Sussexes.
When he felt that a limit had been crossed, Stefanovic interjected: “Ally, that was very personal. We can [have a] go to Harry and Megs, but not to people you work with every day. ‘
Langdon, 42, laughed at the tension and asked Cullen, “Are you okay? I don’t know if we … I’m sorry my friend! ‘
‘I will be [okay]’said Cullen solemnly, shuffling his notes at the news desk.
The Today show then threw a live cross with roving weather reporter Tim Davies, who made things easy in the studio.
“Well, I woke up this morning. That’s about how I wake it up, ”Davies said.
Public Appearance: The Duchess of Sussex said it was “wonderful” to be back in New York when 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 when she and the Duke of Sussex made their first visit to the Big Apple together on Thursday.
Harry and Meghan’s autumn trip to the east coast took them to the city’s One World Trade Center, which was built on the site of the twin towers destroyed in the 9/11 attacks.
The couple was there for the occasion, two weeks after their 20th birthday.
Meghan, with her hair in a bun, wore a dark blue high-necked coat, a turtleneck and pants and stilettos, while Harry wore a black single-breasted suit and a dark tie.
Asked by a reporter if she enjoyed 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 repeated Meghan’s feelings and said, “It’s wonderful, thank you.”
The couple wore black face masks as they moved around the observatory and took them off while standing for photos.
The visit marks the couple’s first appearance together since the birth of their daughter Lilibet in June and their first major public trip to Megxit.
They posed for the media on Thursday morning with New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York State Governor Kathy Hochul on the top of the skyscraper in front of the panoramic backdrop.
Gloomy: Harry and Meghan’s autumn trip to the east coast took them to the city’s One World Trade Center, which was built on the site of the twin towers that were destroyed in the 9/11 attacks. The couple was there for the occasion, which took place two weeks after their 20th birthday
They were also joined by Mr de Blasio’s family – his wife, the First Lady of New York, the writer and activist Chirlane McCray and son Dante de Blasio.
Then Harry and Meghan paid their respects to the neighboring 9/11 Memorial Square.
They looked out over a reflecting pool on which one of the towers stood and also visited the 9/11 museum.
After visiting One World Trade Center, Harry and Meghan posed for more photos outdoors, with Meghan, who stepped down as a senior queen in March 2020, giving viewers a wave.
Harry grinned as the fans screamed and sang ‘Harry’ and ‘Meghan’.
Meghan gave a thumbs up when a woman exclaimed, “Meghan, you look great” as the couple walked hand in hand from the website.
Mr de Blasio tweeted: “The tragedy of September 11th touched the whole world and is still felt today.
“We are honored to meet Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, at the One World Observatory.”
The couple later met US Ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield.
The diplomat tweeted that she had a “wonderful meeting with Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex”.
Ms. Thomas-Greenfield said they had an “important discussion on Covid, Racial Justice and Mental Health Awareness”.
Patti Harris, CEO of Bloomberg Philanthropies, welcomed Harry and Meghan to the September 11th Memorial and Museum.
“Going on the path with compassion and unity is at the heart of the work of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and a mission very shared by the @ Sept11Memorial,” she wrote on Twitter.
Ms. Harris said she was happy to speak to them at the museum and “learn more about their work.”
Harry and Meghan formed their nonprofit Archewell Foundation after leaving their royal roles.
This is the first time the Sussexes have traveled to New York together.
While pregnant with her eldest child Archie in 2019, Meghan was treated to a luxurious baby shower by her friends in New York.
In September 2019, she also watched the US Open tennis championships in town.
The couple have lived in California since the pandemic began after relinquishing royal duties to live in personal and financial freedom.
The Sussexes are in New York on Saturday to attend a global event calling on leaders to adopt vaccine equity policies to help end the Covid-19 pandemic.
You participate in the 24-hour Global Citizen Live broadcast in New York’s Central Park and around the world.
It’s part of a series of shows hosted by Global Citizen in cities from London to Lagos, with artists such as Ed Sheeran, Sir Elton John, Kylie Minogue, Metallica and Coldplay.
Meanwhile, Harry’s sustainable tourism initiative Travalyst has announced the internet giant Google as a new partner.
Whirlwind Tour: The Sussexes are in New York to attend a global event on Saturday calling on leaders to adopt vaccine equity policies to help end the Covid-19 pandemic
Google joins companies like Booking.com, Skyscanner, Visa and Tripadvisor, and the coalition is working to push the mass adoption of sustainability standards.
Travalyst said working with Google was a “significant step forward” in its mission.
Sally Davey, Travalyst’s chief executive officer, said, “The Google travel team is committed to helping consumers make more sustainable travel choices around the world and their approach is closely aligned with Travalyst’s principles of collaboration.”
Kate Brandt, Google’s chief sustainability officer, said the company will develop tools and technology that will enable travelers and businesses to prioritize sustainability.
This week’s hotel searches now include information on their sustainability efforts, with those that meet the standards wearing an “eco-certified” badge next to their name.