Tuesday 17 July 2018

'You're doing great work' - Meghan Markle tells 'stunned' Vicky Phelan that she has been following her story

Vicky Phelan at the Garden Party for the Royal Visit in Glencairn, the British Ambassador’s Residence
Vicky Phelan at the Garden Party for the Royal Visit in Glencairn, the British Ambassador’s Residence
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

Vicky Phelan, the Limerick mother who exposed the CervicalCheck controversy was left 'stunned' and 'gobsmacked' when Meghan Markle told her she had been following her journey.

Phelan was one of the 300 guests attending the royal garden party at the British Ambassador's Glencairn residence.

"Meghan said she knew who I was and that she had been following my story. I thought 'Oh my god that is amazing'. That was a bonus.

"I knew people knew [my story] elsewhere but you don't think the Royals watch anything like this.... I was amazed I was gobsmacked. I just said 'thank you' - I couldn't believe she knew who I was to be honest. She just said you're doing great work. Keep doing it."

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive at Government Buildings, Merrion Street greeted by Mr. Leo Varadkar T.D. An Taoiseach
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive at Government Buildings, Merrion Street greeted by Mr. Leo Varadkar T.D. An Taoiseach
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, arrive at Dublin Airport Picture: Gerry Mooney
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive at the British Ambassador’s Residence
Brian O'Driscoll and Amy Huberman at the Garden Party for the Royal Visit in Glencairn, the British Ambassador’s Residence
Vicky Phelan at the Garden Party for the Royal Visit in Glencairn, the British Ambassador’s Residence
10/07/18. NO FEE. NO REPRO FEE. JULIEN BEHAL PHOTOGRAPHY. Picture shows H.R.H. The Duke of Sussex and H.R.H. The Duchess of Sussex at the Government Buildings, Merrion Street with Mr. Leo Varadkar T.D. An Taoiseach. JULIEN BEHAL PHOTOGRAPHY. NO FEE.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive at the British Ambassador’s Residence
Britain's Prince Harry talking with Catriona Balfe, Moe Dunford and Barry Keoghan at the Garden Party in Glencairn
Vicky Phelan attends a Summer Party at the British Ambassador's residence at Glencairn House, during a visit to Dublin, Ireland Photo Credit: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Amy Huberman and Lucy Kennedy at the Garden Party for the Royal Visit in Glencairn, the British Ambassador’s Residence
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive at the British Ambassador’s Residence
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attend a Summer Party at the British Ambassador's residence at Glencairn House, during a visit to Dublin
10/07/18. NO FEE. NO REPRO FEE. JULIEN BEHAL PHOTOGRAPHY. Picture shows H.R.H. The Duke of Sussex and H.R.H. The Duchess of Sussex at the Government Buildings, Merrion Street with Mr. Leo Varadkar T.D. An Taoiseach. JULIEN BEHAL PHOTOGRAPHY. NO FEE.
Prince Harry talking with Amy Huberman, Aisling Bea and Lucy Kennedy at the Garden Party in Glencairn
Prince Harry talking with Ruby Walsh and Brian O’Driscoll at the Garden Party in Glencairn
Meghan Markle at Dublin Airport. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, arrive at the airport for a two-day visit to Dublin, Ireland REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton
10/07/18. NO FEE. NO REPRO FEE. JULIEN BEHAL PHOTOGRAPHY. Picture shows H.R.H. The Duke of Sussex at the Government Buildings, Merrion Street with Mr. Leo Varadkar T.D. An Taoiseach. JULIEN BEHAL PHOTOGRAPHY. NO FEE.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, arrive at Dublin Airport Picture: Gerry Mooney

Guests were assembled in “pods” on the lawn of the ambassador’s residence and the royal couple circulated and spoke to groups of people.

Mrs Phelan said the couple also discussed mental health. "The pod I was in was all about health and well being," she said.

"They were quite relaxed."

Mrs Phelan said she had used the party as an opportunity to network to keep awareness about the scandal.

During his speech Prince Harry spoke of the 'unique relationship' between England and Ireland.

Guests from the arts, culture and charity communities attended the event.

Among those on the guest list were Simon Harris, Tanaiste Simon Coveney, Brian O'Driscoll and Amy Huberman.   

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