Prince Harry jokes he’s ‘living the American Dream’ as couple seen for first time since Meghan court case

Prince Harry told a New York gala honouring veterans that he was living the "American Dream" after a recent ride in a car shaped like a hot dog.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the 2021 Salute to Freedom gala in New York, held on the eve of Veterans Day in the US and Armistice Day in the UK, and praised the "value" of service members and their families.

Prince Harry sported a classic black suit and bow tie pinned with four medals and the cross for Knight Commander of Royal Victorian Order around his neck. Meghan wore a show-stopping red gown by Carolina Herrera. Both adorned their outfits with a red poppy.

Palace rules mean the prince can wear medals on his jacket but he has been stripped of his titles, including Captain General of the Royal Marines, after deciding to leave for the US. 

It was the pair’s first appearance since the 40-year-old Duchess of Sussex apologised on Wednesday for misleading the High Court in London over her recollection of the information given by her aides to the authors of an unauthorised biography about her and her husband.

The new evidence came as part of an appeal by the publisher of the Mail On Sunday, Associated Newspapers Limited, which is challenging a ruling that publishing extracts of the letter was unlawful.

Meghan was asked if she was proud of Harry, who served in the British military for a decade. She replied "I'm always proud of him"

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The Duke, who founded the The Invictus Games, presented Intrepid Valor Awards to five service members, veterans and military families, and he spoke of how his military experience shaped the person he is today.

The 37-year-old told the audience at the Intrepid Museum: "It’s wonderful to be back on USS Intrepid a decade after my last visit – and a lot has changed since then. Just last week, I went for a ride on the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile – how’s that for living the American dream.

"I’ve lived in the US for close to two years now. I have to say, witnessing your support for all those that put themselves in harm’s way in defence of our freedoms and liberties – it’s remarkable and hugely respected," he said.

"It reminds me of the deep reverence us Brits have for our military as well. The armed forces communities in both our countries share a special bond, and I’m grateful to have served in support of our joint allyship for many years."

Harry served in the military for a decade and had two tours of Afghanistan, and has organised the Invictus Games for wounded and injured service members and veterans since 2014.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the 2021 Salute To Freedom Gala at Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum

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"My experience in the military made me who I am today, and I will always be grateful for the people I got to serve with – wherever in the world we were," he told the Intrepid Air and Space Museum Salute to Freedom Gala in New York.

Earlier in the evening, a reporter asked Meghan if she was proud of Harry. "I’m always proud of him," she answered.

This is their second trip to New York this year having attended the Global Citizen Live concert and the 9/11 memorial site in Manhattan in late September.

It was the pair's first appearance since the 40-year-old Duchess of Sussex apologised on Wednesday for misleading the High Court in London

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The couple has pursued a life of high-profile advocacy and are now based in the US after announcing last year they were stepping back from frontline royal duties.

They moved to Los Angeles, cutting financial ties with the royal family and signing a string of lucrative deals, including with the streaming giant Netflix, and Apple TV+.

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