Harry and Meghan urged to ‘not turn up’ to awards ceremony
Meghan and Harry receiving award is 'outrageous' says Morgan
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are in a “difficult position” over accepting a human rights award, a royal expert has claimed. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are set to receive the Ripple of Hope award for their “heroic” stand against “structural racism” in the monarchy at a ceremony on December 6 organised by the Robert F Kennedy Human Rights Foundation.
But former royal correspondent Jennie Bond said the couple, who are living in the US after quitting royal duties, face a dilemma over whether to accept the award as it risks further tensions with the Royal Family.
Ms Bond told GB News: “It’s put the Sussexes in a rather difficult position, I think. Do they say no, we don’t want to even acknowledge that you’re offering this award? Do we go and accept it in person? Perhaps the middle way of just accepting it, but not turning up, is something.
“I think if they do go along and accept this award on a public stage, yeah, it’s going to make things even worse, the rift could be even deeper.”
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Royal author Tina Brown said the Duchess of Sussex came to the conclusion after her and Prince Harry’s royal tour of Australia in 2018.
Writing in her book The Palace Papers, Ms Brown said Meghan decided “that the monarchy likely needed her more than she needed them”.
The former Vanity Fair editor added: “She had starred in the equivalent of a blockbuster film and wanted her leading-lady status to be reflected in lights.”
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Royal staff were pictured making the finishing touchings today.
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Poet Amanda Gorman took to Instagram to reveal she had appeared on Archetypes to discuss “the power that women possess as changemakers”.
Amanda shared the snap showing her standing in between Harry and Meghan as the trio smiled for the camera.
She said: “Beyond thrilled to have had the honour of speaking with the Duchess on her podcast, Archetypes, where I spoke on the power that women possess as changemakers. Thank you so much for having me!”
Queen ‘comforted’ Harry was moving to ‘reconcilation’ with royals
The Queen would have found it “comforting” that Prince Harry appeared to be moving towards “some sort of reconciliation” with the royals ahead of her death, a royal expert has claimed.
Robert Hardman told Palace Confidential: “Through the year, the direction of travel was towards some sort of rapprochement.
“He didn’t come to the Duke of Edinburgh’s memorial service but then a few weeks later he did come on his way through to the Invictus Games. He saw the Queen then and he and Meghan were here with the children during the Jubilee.
“Gradually through the year, we were seeing things thawing. We weren’t seeing a complete reunion but very much the general path of Harry’s relationship with the rest of the family seemed to be converging with some sort of reconciliation.
“I think she would have found that comforting. She would have liked that.”
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Author and lecturer in law at Bangor University Dr Craig Prescott said: “Another possibly might be to include non-royals amongst the pool of Counsellors of State, perhaps acting alongside a member of the Royal Family.
“This could involve retired Supreme Court judges, who like the Royal Family are politically impartial.”
Counsellors of State can carry out constitutional duties if the monarch is unwell or overseas.
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are to receive a new award handed out by the Robert F Kennedy Human Rights organisation for their “heroic” stance against the “structural racism” of the Royal Family.
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