‘Wonderful’ Sophie Wessex wins over New Yorkers’ hearts during royal visit to Big Apple

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She said: “The crisis in Afghanistan has not gone away and the effects are worsening daily.

“The Taliban would have us believe that they are allowing citizens to go about their normal activities. We know that this is not true.

“So while we welcome their announcement that they have committed to reopening schools to girls this month, and the return of some women to university, what we know is that the rights of women and girls have worsened.

“It is so hard to imagine how much has changed for so many in so little time – where once there was hope, with women playing a central role in society, there is now hunger, destitution and violence.”

On Commonwealth Day, the Countess visited Queen Elizabeth II gardens, a physical symbol of friendship between the USA, UK and the Commonwealth.

The Countess also devoted time to meet Consul Generals based in New York.

She also visited the St George’s Society charity established by British settlers in the 18th century and helps those in need.

Royal fans were left gushing over the Countesses’ successful visit.

READ MORE: Kate beams at heartwarming father-daughter moment on latest visit



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