An award for supposedly fighting against “structural racism in the Royal Family” is set to be awarded to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
The daughter of Robert F. Kennedy said that their “heroic” stance against the “structural racism” of the royal family deserves to be recognised.
The award is given by Kerry Kennedy for the Kennedy’s Human rights Foundation which gets lawyers and other officials together to fight injustice.
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She claims that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have challenged the royal family’s “power structure.”
The couple will be handed the gong on December 6.
People are also able to buy a ticket to sit at the tables of the attendees, with Harry and Meghan’s being $1million (£841,000). The couple are expected to attend the event.
Other people receiving awards are President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Speaking to the Telegraph, Kennedy said: “They went to the oldest institution in UK history and told them what they were doing wrong, that they couldn’t have structural racism within the institution; that they could not maintain a misunderstanding about mental health.”
She mentioned her father’s trip to South Africa during apartheid in 1966 and say Harry and Meghan are some of the few royals who have the “moral courage” to discuss racial injustice.
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'Few would have the courage to question their colleagues, family and community about the power structure they maintained, and this is what Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have done.’ Kennedy said.
The Palace strenuously denied accusations of racism after the infamous Oprah Winfrey interview in 2021, where the Duke and Duchess said that a member of the royal family made a racist remark about their son's skin tone.
In a statement, Buckingham Palace said that the issues raised by the couple, “particularly that of race,” were concerning and “while some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately.”
On a royal visit to a school the next day, Prince William also said the Royal Family "is very much not racist" in response to a reporter's question.
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Royal fans worry that these words and the acceptance of the award could drive a further wedge between Harry and King Charles. Things seem to be worse than ever after the couple decided to leave the royal family and Harry’s announcement of a new tell-all book in which he’ll discuss his family.
It is still undecided on whether the Sussexes’ children Archie and Lilibet will be given royal titles. It is thought that this will be announced after the upcoming Netflix documentary and Harry’s autobiography.
Kennedy added that the Sussexes “knew that if they did this there would be consequences… 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.”
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