Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have paid a visit to a school in Harlem where 94 percent of children are eligible for free meals, with the duchess wearing a $7,500 designer pant suit to read from her own book The Bench.
The Sussexes arrived at Harlem’s PS 123 Mahalia Jackson school alongside New York City Schools’ Chancellor Meisha Porter late Friday morning, after leaving their luxury hotel in Manhattan in their fleet of gas-guzzling SUVs for day two of their three-day New York City tour.
Meghan sported a $5,840 Loro Piana cashmere coat and matching $1,680 pants for her visit to the public school which serves shelters for families without permanent homes. Her shoes are thought to be $665 Manolo Blahnik red suede pointed toe pumps.
She accessorized her look with around $387,000 worth of jewelry including her $350,000 engagement ring, a $4,500 diamond ring from her first public engagement with Harry as his fiancee, Princess Diana’s $23,000 Cartier Tank watch, a $6,900 Cartier Love bracelet, and a $3,000 Jennifer Meyer tennis bracelet.
While there was no expense spared for Meghan’s outfit for the visit – which designed to promote early literacy – data from NYC Department of Education reveals an estimated 95 percent of students at the public school fall on the economic need index.
The index means they face economic hardship, based on temporary housing, eligibility for public assistance and Census poverty rates.