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Prince Harry received a standing ovation as he saluted frontline medical workers during a speech at a star-studded charity event in Los Angeles.

Making his first public appearance since Prince Philip’s funeral, Harry joined high-profile stars, including Jennifer Lopez and Selena Gomez, for Global Citizen’s Vax Live concert – although his pregnant wife Meghan Markle stayed at home.

Speaking to a crowd of fully vaccinated guests, Harry pleaded for jabs to be ‘distributed to everyone everywhere’.

He said: ‘Tonight is a celebration of each of you here, the vaccinated frontline workers in the audience and the millions of frontline heroes around the world.

‘You spent the last year battling courageously and selflessly to protect us all. You served and sacrificed, put yourselves in harm’s way, and acted with bravery, knowing the costs.

‘We owe you an incredible debt of gratitude. Thank you.’

The pre-recorded event was put on to promote coronavirus vaccines around the world, and was Harry’s first public appearance in the US since he and Meghan gave their dramatic interview to Oprah Winfrey in March.

Hosted by Selena Gomez, the concert – to be broadcast this Saturday – featured musical performances by Jennifer Lopez, Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, Foo Fighters, J Balvin and HER.

INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA: In this image released on May 2, Prince Harry, Duke of Edinburgh speaks onstage during Global Citizen VAX LIVE: The Concert To Reunite The World at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. Global Citizen VAX LIVE: The Concert To Reunite The World will be broadcast on May 8, 2021. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Global Citizen VAX LIVE)
It was Harry’s first public appearance in the US since Philip’s funeral and his bombshell Oprah interview (Picture: AFP/Getty)
Prince Harry received a standing ovation at the charity event (Picture: AFP/Getty)
INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA: In this image released on May 2, (L-R) Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Nomzamo Mbatha speak onstage during Global Citizen VAX LIVE: The Concert To Reunite The World at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. Global Citizen VAX LIVE: The Concert To Reunite The World will be broadcast on May 8, 2021. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Global Citizen VAX LIVE)
Prince Harry fist bumps Nomzamo Mbatha onstage (Picture AFP/Getty)

The event raised donations to Covax, which is working to provide vaccines for low and middle-income countries.

Messages about vaccine equity were also heard from guests including Ben Affleck, David Letterman, Gayle King, Jimmy Kimmel and Sean Penn.

President Joe Biden, First Lady Jill Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris also committed to make special appearances through Global Citizen’s partnership with the White House’s We Can Do This initiative, which encourages measures including mask-wearing.

Prior to the concert, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex released a statement saying: ‘Over the past year, our world has experienced pain, loss, and struggle – together. Now we need to recover and heal – together.

‘We can’t leave anybody behind. We will all benefit, we will all be safer, when everyone, everywhere has equal access to the vaccine.

‘We must pursue equitable vaccine distribution, and, in that, restore faith in our common humanity. This mission couldn’t be more critical or important.’