NEW YORK CITY – Prince Harry and Meghan Markle dominated the red carpet at the annual Ripple of Hope gala on Tuesday night, just two days before the official Netflix premiere of their highly anticipated docuseries, “Harry & Meghan.”
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are the recipients of the 2022 Robert F. Kennedy Ripple of Hope Award.
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive at the Midtown Hilton for the Ripple Awards on December 6, 2022 in New York City.
Kerry Kennedy, president of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, a nonprofit organization named after her late father and honoring the couple, spoke about why the Sussexes are being honored in a press release sent ahead of the event. .
“The couple have always been noted for their willingness to speak out and change the narrative on racial justice and mental health around the world,” Kennedy said in an emailed statement. “They represent the kind of moral courage my father once called the ‘essential and vital quality for those who seek to change a world that yields most painfully to change.’”
The awards, which will be presented by Alec Baldwin, will also honor the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, with the Ripple of Hope award. NBA player and civil rights activist Bill Russell, who died in 2022, will also be recognized with a posthumous award.
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends the 2022 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple of Hope Gala at the New York Hilton on December 6, 2022 in New York City.
Last month, Kennedy shed more light on the couple’s honor in an exclusive interview with the Spanish website El Confidencial.
He told the magazine, via a translated version of the article, that Meghan and Harry “went to the oldest institution in UK history and told them what they were doing wrong, that you couldn’t have structural racism within the institution.” institution; that they couldn’t sustain a misunderstanding about mental health,” referring to the couple’s claim of racism within the royal family and a lack of support when the Duchess of Sussex said she was experiencing suicidal ideation.
“They knew that if they did this there would be consequences, that they would be ostracized, they would lose their family, their position within this structure, and that people would blame them for it,” Kennedy continued.
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, left, and Prince Harry, center, attend the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple of Hope Awards gala at the New York Hilton Midtown on Tuesday, December 6, 2022. In New York.
She said the two did it anyway “because they believed they couldn’t live with themselves if they didn’t question this authority,” ending by calling the two “heroic.”
Harry and Meghan have dominated the headlines even more than usual recently, as Netflix released the controversial official trailer for the couple’s six-part series on Monday. The streaming giant also made waves when the show’s sneak peek was released last week, on the second day of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s royal visit to Boston.
The first three episodes of the series will drop on Thursday at 3 a.m. ET, while the second batch will drop next Thursday, December 15.