Harry and Meghan odd choice for award won by US presidents, says expert

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are a "strange choice" for an award they are set to receive today (Tuesday, December 6), according to a royal expert.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expected to attend a gala in New York today for the Ripple of Hope Award, where they'll be honoured by the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights association.

According to the organisation's website, the award is given to "exemplary leaders across government, business, advocacy, and entertainment who have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to social change and worked to protect and advance equity, justice, and human rights".

READ MORE: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry 'blaming everyone but themselves' in Netflix series

Also receiving the award today will be Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams isn't so sure that Harry and Meghan fit the criteria.

He told us: "It’s certainly an odd choice of an award to give them because Archbishop Tutu, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and so on had it.

"I think it’s a very strange choice, destructive because you knock the institute that gives you work – and they wouldn’t have work without it. But that is the way it’s working."

Explaining why Harry and Meghan are being honoured, Kerry Kennedy (Robert F. Kennedy's daughter) praised them for standing up to "structural racism" within the Royal Family.

She added: "They knew that if they did this there would be consequences, that they would be ostracised, they would lose their family, their position within this structure, and that people would blame them for it.

"They have done it anyway because they believed they couldn’t live with themselves if they didn’t question this authority. I think they have been heroic in taking this step."

However, Fitzwilliams sees the Sussexes as "controlling the narrative", especially given what is in the pipeline from them.

He said: "The Sussexes are controlling the narrative – that I find worrying. Because there’s the Ripple of Hope award, then we get the Netflix docuseries a couple of days after, then Harry’s memoir Spare."

The first part of their Netflix series, titled Harry & Meghan, is set to be released on Thursday (December 8) – on the three-month anniversary of the Queen's death.

The memoir will be released worldwide on January 10.

For the latest breaking news and stories from across the globe from the Daily Star, sign up for our newsletter by clicking here.


  • Netflix slammed after expert debunks Harry and Meghan 'fake' press intrusion pic

  • Harry and Meghan's Netflix series 'will need fact-checking' as pair 'control narrative'

  • Prince Harry hints at Kate Middleton's 'pain' at getting married to Prince William

Source: Read Full Article