Harry and Meghan receive award for ‘fighting racism’ in Royal Family

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In a move that could spark more friction between them and the Palace, the Robert F Kennedy Ripple of Hope award will be presented to them in New York next month.

Kerry Kennedy, daughter of the assassinated US politician Bobby Kennedy, spoke of the couple’s “heroic” stance against the “structural racism” of the Royal Family and says they have challenged the institution’s power structure.

But Professor David Nasaw, author of the Pulitzer Prize-nominated book The Patriarch, about Mr Kennedy’s father Joseph, said: “I find it somewhere between sublimely ridiculous and blatantly ludicrous. It’s absurd.”

Ms Kennedy reportedly said the couple “went to the oldest institution in UK history and told them what they were doing wrong”. They had the moral courage to discuss racial justice, she added.

The award, she said, was “in recog- nition of their work on racial justice, mental health and many other social impact initiatives through the Archwell Foundation”.

She added: “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.”

They knew there would be consequences, that people would blame them for it and they would be “ostracised”.

But, she added, “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.”

Both Harry and Meghan, who live in a £12million mansion in California, are expected to attend.

Seats at their table are thought to be going to sponsors in packages of up to £800,000. The most expensive deal buys four seats at the head table.

Actor Alec Baldwin will host the event featuring some of Hollywood’s elite, including star Forest Whitaker.

Previous winners include U2’s Bono and anti-apartheid campaigner Desmond Tutu.

The gala takes place on December 6 and the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, will also be handed an award.

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