Prince Harry and Meghan Markle touched down in New York on Monday afternoon, ahead of a scheduled appearance at the Ripple of Hope Awards gala on Tuesday evening.
The couple flew to the Big Apple from California on a private jet. Photos of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex show their arrival at John F. Kennedy International Airport.
The prince was dressed in a white button-up shirt, while Markle kept it simple in a black dress accessorized with black sunglasses.
Prince Harry and Markle receive the Ripple of Hope award.
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What is the Ripple of Hope prize?
The Ripple of Hope Award has been awarded by the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights organization for nearly 50 years. According to the organization’s website, the award is given to honorary leaders in “government, business, advocacy and entertainment” who have committed themselves to “social change.”
“Leading great companies, this year’s winners have prioritized fairness, inclusivity and sustainability in the workplace and around the world.”
Why are Meghan Markle and Prince Harry honored?
Harry and Markle have been chosen to receive the Robert F. Kennedy Foundation Award in “recognition of their work on racial justice, mental health and other social impact initiatives through their Archewell Foundation”, a said a press release from the human rights organization.
“When the Duke and Duchess accepted our Laureate invitation in March, we were thrilled. The couple have always stood out for their desire to speak out and change the discourse on racial justice and mental health around the world. “, Kerry Kennedy, President of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights and the daughter of Robert F. Kennedy, said in a statement.
She continued, “They embody the kind of moral courage my father once called ‘the one essential and vital quality for those who seek to change a world that most painfully yields to change’.”
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Who will be there?
Others honored at Tuesday’s event include Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Invenergy founder Michael Polsky, Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan and Siris co-founder Frank Baker.
NBA star Bill Russell will be honored posthumously. The civil rights activist died in July.
Alec Baldwin will also be present and will be the master of ceremonies for the event.
Are Meghan Markle and Prince Harry diverting attention from the working royals?
Over the past two weeks, Prince Harry and Markle have apparently been vying with Prince William and Kate Middleton for media attention. Thursday, Netflix released the first trailer for her upcoming six-part documentary about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex titled ‘Harry & Meghan’. He promises to shed some light on the struggles the couple have endured in the royal spotlight.
“No one sees what happens behind closed doors,” Harry said during the trailer. “I had to do everything I could to protect my family.”
“When the stakes are so high, doesn’t it make more sense to hear our story from us?” Markle asked.
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To some, it looked like Prince Harry and Markle were working to “eclipse” the Duke and Duchess of Wales.
Royal author Omid Scobie coined the streaming giant’s docuseries William’s “Super Bowl” “halftime show” in America. Prince William and Middleton spent three days in Boston last week for the Earthshot Prize ceremony. It was their first trip to the United States in eight years.
“There’s no denying the trailer was properly dropped at this point to potentially overshadow William and Kate’s visit to America and kind of put the spotlight on the Sussexes,” Kerene Barefield told Fox News Digital. . Barefield is an executive producer for True royal television, who recently launched a documentary called ‘Prince William: Duty Calls’, exploring how the father of three, who is the first to the throne, is preparing to become king.
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“It definitely makes me want to watch the Netflix series,” she shared. “He shows you the highs and the lows, the personal photos – he says it all in a minute… But for me, I find it quite sad to release him now when Kate and William are doing a very important job in terms of raising awareness to save our planet.”
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Fox News Digital’s Stephanie Nolasco contributed to this report.