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Prince Harry, Meghan Markle keynote speakers at South Beach event

Former royals reportedly make first public appearance since split from British monarchy

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MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – Prince Harry and Meghan Markle chose South Florida to make their first public appearance since divorcing themselves from the royal family.

According to the New York Post, the former Duke and Duchess of Sussex were keynote speakers at a JPMorgan event Thursday night at 1 Hotel in South Beach.

It’s not clear how much they were paid to attend, but the couple announced their goal was to become financially independent after they announced last month that they were stepping back as senior members of the British monarchy.

A source told the Daily Mail that Harry spoke about his mother and coping with her loss.

Local 10 News reporter Ian Margol was told there was extra security at the hotel and local law enforcement officers were told the couple would be there only a short time before they arrived.

Sources said the couple left shortly after the speech.

So does this mean they’re sticking around South Florida for the weekend?

“We do not comment on their private schedule,” a spokeswoman for the couple told the Post.

According to Page Six, Harry and Meghan are believed to have been staying at the Palm Beach mansion of Meghan’s friend and tennis champion Serena Williams during their visit to South Florida.


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