Harry and Meghan face grilling from journalists about Netflix series

‘Are you putting money before family, Harry?’: Prince and Meghan face awkward grilling from journalists about the royal family as they attend New York gala just hours before release of bombshell Netflix series

  • The Duke and Duchess of Sussex faced grilling from journalists about their explosive Netflix documentary 
  • Harry and Meghan arrived in New York yesterday to receive award for fighting racism in the Royal Family
  • Royal Family is bracing for bombshell claims when the couple’s Netflix docuseries lands tomorrow 
  • Harry and Meghan NEWS: Couple’s incendiary Netflix docuseries will be released on Thursday

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex faced an awkward grilling from journalists about their explosive Netflix documentary in New York. 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were last night asked if they were putting money before family as they graced a star-studded gala hosted by the Robert F Kennedy Human Rights organisation, where they received an award for fighting racism in the Royal Family.

The pair did not give a direct response, but the Duke could be heard saying ‘so many questions’ before they were escorted inside.

It comes just hours before the launch of the couple’s explosive Netflix series, after incendiary trailers promoting their forthcoming documentary dropped in which they hinted that Buckingham Palace leaked and ‘planted’ negative stories about them.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex faced an awkward grilling from journalists about their explosive Netflix documentary

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were last night asked if they were putting money before family as they graced a star-studded gala hosted by the Robert F Kennedy Human Rights organisation

A former Buckingham Palace employee who claims to have been bullied by the Duchess of Sussex has urged it to release staff from non-disclosure arrangements so they can reject Harry and Meghan’s ‘lies’ ahead of their Netflix series.

In a second trailer for their docu-series Harry & Meghan, released on Monday, Prince Harry, 38, alleged the couple suffered from leaks and stories that had been planted which backed up the Royal Family ‘hierarchy’.

Meanwhile, allies of the couple told Netflix cameras there was ‘a war against Meghan to suit other people’s agendas’, with one claiming: ‘It’s about hatred, it’s about race.’

In the clips, the duke also took aim at royal aides, smirking as he commented: ‘It’s a dirty game.’

The former staffer, who signed a confidentiality agreement, has urged the palace to lift non-disclosure agreements so they can respond to ‘attacks’ from the Sussexes.

‘The only way to end it once for good is for us to be allowed to speak, and for the palace to firmly reject their lies,’ the former employee told The Times.

‘I certainly have chosen to remain silent out of respect for the crown, but if they keep attacking us and our characters, reputation etc. we need to feel we are equally supported by the Royal Family.’

The first three episodes will be released on Thursday, with the following three released the week after.

It will include allegations that the palace leaked and planted stories about the couple and that the duchess, 41, was a victim of racially-motivated attacks.

Palace staff are said to be ‘seething with rage’ after the series trailers were released, a source told the newspaper.

Royal sources have insisted it was ‘absolutely wrong’ to suggest the couple had been briefed against and insisted ‘unprecedented steps’ had been taken to support them.

One insider told The Daily Telegraph that royal staff were instead ‘bending over backwards to work with them’.

Allies claimed on camera that it was ‘a war against Meghan to suit other people’s agendas’, with one going so far as to state: ‘It’s about hatred, it’s about race’. In clips for the show, the prince also appear to take aim at royal aides, smirking as he comments: ‘It’s a dirty game.’ 

The pair have been recognised for their ‘anti-racism’ alongside other honourees including Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky. According to the RFKHR, honourees are those who have demonstrated ‘an unwavering commitment to social change and worked to protect and advance equity, justice, and human rights’. 

However, there has been a growing sense of incredulity at the couple’s inclusion, with Kerry Kennedy’s brother Robert F Kennedy Jnr describing it as ‘bewildering’.

Prof David Nasaw, the Pulitizer Prize-winning biographer of JFK and RFK’s father Joseph Kennedy, said it was ‘somewhere between sublimely ridiculous and blatantly ludicrous’.

Others have made clear that although Harry and Meghan threw a slew of half-accusations and innuendos against the Royal Family, particularly in last year’s notorious Oprah interview, they have never provided any evidence of their claims.

The late Queen Elizabeth, Harry’s grandmother, said at the time that while their claims, particularly about racial issues, had been ‘concerning’, they were not all accepted – famously using the phrase ‘recollections may vary’.

One royal insider recently described the giving of the award to them on this basis to the Mail as ‘seemingly very naive’.

Yesterday criminal barrister and television personality Rob Rinder lashed out at Harry and Meghan’s controversial human rights award on Good Morning Britain.

Judge Rinder criticised the pair for their lack of ‘humility’ in accepting the award when there were so many people more deserving of a human rights award. He said: ‘The thing that strikes me is – just have a little bit of humility… you think of people who have spent their lives campaigning for human rights – Baroness Doreen Laurence, Kwajo [Tweneboa] who works in housing, the women of Iran who are fighting for freedom at the moment, ordinary citizens in China.

‘The idea that you… would go and collect a human rights award for taking lots of money to gripe at your family and in my view not really do anything meaningful to expose structural racism, but rather instead damage an institution.

‘Surely what you would do is you have the profound and clear and honest humility as a human being to know that there are real people out there who you should accept the award for on their behalf, given the real human rights work they do.

‘You can tell I feel quite passionate about this, because the idea I or anybody else here would accept a human rights award given what is going on around our globe, strikes me at the very least – to use the language of that world – problematic.’

It comes after incendiary claims by Prince Harry of ‘a war against Meghan’ sparked a furious backlash. In a trailer for their new documentary, he alleged the couple had suffered from leaks and planted stories that backed up the Royal Family ‘hierarchy’. 

Royal sources insisted it was ‘absolutely wrong’ to suggest Harry and Meghan had been briefed against and ‘unprecedented steps’ had been taken to support them.

The new trailer gave the clearest signal yet that the California-based pair will reopen old wounds as they seek to justify why they quit as working royals and left Britain.

It contained footage of Princess Diana, Meghan and the new Princess of Wales all surrounded by photographers, as Harry spoke of ‘the pain and suffering of women marrying into this institution’. He appeared to reference the death of his mother as he added: ‘I was terrified. I didn’t want history to repeat itself.’

But the accuracy of the Netflix series was immediately called into question as it emerged that footage which supposedly showed media harassment of the couple was actually filmed under vastly different circumstances.

The pair have been recognised for their ‘anti-racism’ alongside other honourees including Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky. According to the RFKHR, honourees are those who have demonstrated ‘an unwavering commitment to social change and worked to protect and advance equity, justice, and human rights’

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex sitting at the table at the event in New York City

It was the first time the couple had been seen in public since the release of their incendiary Netflix documentary trailers  

During the second teaser for the series, a friend is heard claiming that the couple’s experience has been ‘about hatred, about race’ as a strikingly intimate and previously unseen clip flashes up of an exasperated Harry, 38, holding a hand to his face as Meghan passes behind him while heavily pregnant with their daughter Lili  

Prince Harry describes life in the Royal Family as a ‘dirty game’ in the second Netflix trailer

Prince Harry and Meghan vow this is the ‘beginning’ and talk of ‘sweeping down walls of oppression’ as they receive award at New York gala for ‘fighting racism’ 

In a speech praising the late RFK, the Duke of Sussex told the star-studded Ripple of Hope Gala: ‘As we all face a complete and challenging time in the world, we choose the path of optimism of care for each other and our communities. We understand this honour, not about the culmination of a life’s work, but instead and in many ways for us, a beginning.’ 

He said: ‘Bobby Kennedy said, ”Each time a man stands up for an ideal or acts to improve the lot of others or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope.”’ 

His wife the Duchess said: ‘The enduring dream of RFK of a just and peaceful world is so much more than a simple hope. It’s a direct ask, a specific challenge, a call to action, a test of individual courage and collective spirit. And his appeal to humanity is as relevant today as it was in 1966 when he stood before the University of Cape Town, a place we’ve visited and hold close to our hearts. And he delivered a vision for the common good of society.

‘He also said those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance’.

The couple received the Ripple of Hope Award, an accolade honouring exemplary leaders across government, business, advocacy, and entertainment, and the pair were recognised for their racial justice and mental health work.

During the ceremony the couple announced a new collaboration between their foundation The Archewell Foundation and the RFKHR – the Archewell Foundation Award for Gender Equity in Student Film.

‘Our hope with this award is to inspire a new generation of leadership in the arts, where diverse up and coming talent have a platform to have their voices heard and their stories told,’ the couple said in a statement. ‘The values of RFK Foundation and The Archewell Foundation are aligned in our shared belief of courage over fear, and love over hate. Together we know that a ripple of hope can turn into a wave of change.’

A clip of cameramen included in the trailer was actually filmed as former glamour model Katie Price arrived for a drink-driving court appearance, while a photograph showing banks of waiting photographers was taken at a Harry Potter premiere with no royal attendance.

In the trailer, footage shows photographers swarming around a car, as Meghan says: ‘I realised they [the Royal Household] are never gonna protect you.’

The trailer then cuts to an image of Meghan wiping her eyes, apparently in tears. But the car video was filmed outside the home of Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen, as he left to start a prison sentence in 2019.

Another photograph showed Harry and Meghan walking away with their baby son Archie while a cameraman appeared to loom over them from a hidden vantage point.

Journalist Robert Jobson said it was taken when the couple met Archbishop Desmond Tutu in Cape Town, and that Harry and Meghan had agreed where three accredited photographers and journalists could stand. He said it was a ‘complete travesty’ to use the photograph as an example of intrusion.

Journalist and pundit Piers Morgan, whose voice from a news report was used in the trailer, said: ‘These two wouldn’t know the truth if it slapped them round their latte-encrusted tiaras.’

The former Good Morning Britain host branded Harry ‘a deluded spoiled manipulated brat’ who was ‘waging a relentless vicious public war against his own family’.

The couple’s claims sparked incredulity amongst royal insiders, some of whom were keen to make clear they are only speaking out because of the nature of the allegations from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. One said: ‘The truth is that the Palace took unprecedented steps to support the couple. They were given their own dedicated household, office, press office, home and staff.

‘That is unheard of for a member of the Royal Family in their position [not a direct heir to the throne]. The Queen even sent her most trusted personal staff to support Meghan, not that she wanted any of their advice. Both the duke and duchess always thought they knew best.’

The source pointed out that not only were the Queen’s ladies-in-waiting asked to personally advise Meghan, but Harry’s grandmother persuaded her deputy private secretary, Sam Cohen, to stay on for six months to guide the couple.

Mrs Cohen remained with them for more than a year, even though, she later told friends, the experience was one of the worst of her career due to the couple’s allegedly unreasonable behaviour.

Another source adds: ‘Yes, this was a very new situation for the Royal Household but they were excited about Harry and Meghan’s potential and what they could achieve as a couple for the monarchy and the country.

‘They were keen to put in the framework for them to succeed. It’s why Her late Majesty handed them plum jobs within the Commonwealth. Could the Palace have done more? Very possibly. Can it be quite slow and unwieldy sometimes? Definitely.

‘Certainly too slow for the likes of Harry and Meghan, who were very impatient. The Palace’s starting point always is ‘but what is our precedent?’ And of course there was none here. But it is absolutely wrong to suggest that they were unsupported or, worse, that people were briefing against them.

‘It would actually be laughable, if it wasn’t so serious. The Harry and Meghan show was a very different beast from the one they [the Palace] were used to. But they tried, they really did.’

One royal source added that far from leaking or placing negative stories about the couple in the media, Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace actively tried to quash rumours that all was not well behind closed doors. On the issue of the ‘family hierarchy’, a well-placed insider said: ‘Is there a hierarchy in the family? Of course there is. It’s like any other company or public institution. There’s a CEO, chief executives, department heads … That’s how big organisations work. They would be ungovernable otherwise. There’s a structure and it’s there for a reason.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the 2022 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple of Hope Award Gala in New York City

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at the star-studded gala in New York City last night

Prince Harry wrapped his arm around Meghan during the star-studded gala in New York

Seated alongside Meghan onstage, Harry could be heard discussing the importance of storytelling in this day and age

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry make their way through the crowd at the Ripple of Hope Gala in New York City on Tuesday night

Meghan tells gala she ‘didn’t want to be alive anymore’ while discussing suicide during New York event

Meghan Markle opened up about her struggle with suicidal thoughts while a member of the royal family during an interview at the Ripple of Hope Gala in New York City on Tuesday night.

The Duchess, with Prince Harry at her side, said ‘just didn’t want to be alive anymore’.

She told the gala that she first shared her struggle publicly last year during her bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey because ‘I don’t want anyone to feel alone’.

The Duchess added that mental health can be a problem when ‘you don’t see a way out,’ and noted that many people around the world felt the way she did when they were trapped in isolation during COVID-19 lockdowns.

Meghan was asked about her decision to detail the moment she considered ending her life while living inside palace walls and admitted that ‘it wasn’t an easy decision to make, as you can imagine.’

Asked why she chose to reveal this during her Oprah interview, she said: ‘I don’t want anyone to feel alone.

‘And when you’ve been through anything that’s challenging, and everyone, especially in the past few years with lockdown and COVID, that spike in numbers of people having an experience they might not be voicing.’

‘We all need to, when we can, if we feel brave enough, to just speak honestly about your own experience. It gives other people space and the courage to do the same, but more than that to really feel like you’re not alone, because I think that is often what can be the largest hindrance when you feel that way, you don’t see a way out.’ 

She added: ‘It gives other people space and the courage to do the same, but more than that to really feel like you’re not alone, because I think that is often what can be the largest hindrance when you feel that way, you don’t see a way out.’ 

Meghan continued: ‘Look, I was really ashamed to say it at the time and ashamed to have to admit it to Harry especially, because I know how much loss he has suffered, but I knew that if I didn’t say it, then I would do it. I just didn’t want to be alive anymore. 

‘But ultimately, if you feel like there’s someone else that has a lived experience. they’ve gotten to the other side, and gave example of resilience, an example of ‘there is a happy ending’, I think that’s what most people are probably seeking out in those moments.

‘And that’s why I made the decision to just say ‘if my experience can help someone else not feel the same way or to know that there’s hope then it’s worth every second of whatever comes with it.’

‘But they [the Sussexes] could not and would not accept that. They wanted to be the stars and, some may argue, had no interest whatsoever in working for the greater good. At the end of the day, everyone pulls together for the sake of the monarch. They didn’t want to do that.’

The Netflix trailer recorded 2.4million views within six hours of going on Twitter. The first three episodes will be available on Thursday and the rest from December 15.

Last night the Duke and Duchess  vowed their war against ‘oppression’ has only just begun at a lavish New York awards ceremony last night.

Harry and Meghan delivered the politically-charged pre-taped remarks after being honoured with an award for fighting racism in the Royal Family by the Robert F Kennedy Human Rights Foundation, a prize that counts Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton among its former recipients.

Meghan also talked about her struggle with suicidal thoughts while a member of the Royal Family, telling the audience she ‘didn’t want to be alive anymore’ and revealing that the decision not to end her life ‘wasn’t easy’, in remarks echoing those made during her bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey. 

In a lighter moment during the night, the duke joked he thought he was taking his wife on a ‘date night’.

Speaking onstage with RFKHR president Kerry Kennedy, Harry said: ‘I’ll be honest with you Kerry I just thought we were just going on a date night so I found it quite weird that we’re sharing the room with 1,500 people. We don’t get out much these days because our kids are so small and young so, this is completely unexpected.’

To laughter from the audience he added: ‘But it’s nice to share date night with all of you, so thank you for coming.’

Meghan added: ‘Thank you for bringing me on this very special date night.’

‘You’re welcome,’ Harry said.

In a speech praising the late RFK, the Duke of Sussex told the star-studded Ripple of Hope Gala: ‘As we all face a complete and challenging time in the world, we choose the path of optimism of care for each other and our communities. We understand this honour, not about the culmination of a life’s work, but instead and in many ways for us, a beginning.’ 

He said: ‘Bobby Kennedy said, ”Each time a man stands up for an ideal or acts to improve the lot of others or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope.”’ 

His wife the Duchess said: ‘The enduring dream of RFK of a just and peaceful world is so much more than a simple hope. It’s a direct ask, a specific challenge, a call to action, a test of individual courage and collective spirit. And his appeal to humanity is as relevant today as it was in 1966 when he stood before the University of Cape Town, a place we’ve visited and hold close to our hearts. And he delivered a vision for the common good of society.

‘He also said those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance’.

The couple received the Ripple of Hope Award, an accolade honouring exemplary leaders across government, business, advocacy, and entertainment, and the pair were recognised for their racial justice and mental health work.

During the ceremony the couple announced a new collaboration between their foundation The Archewell Foundation and the RFKHR – the Archewell Foundation Award for Gender Equity in Student Film.

‘Our hope with this award is to inspire a new generation of leadership in the arts, where diverse up and coming talent have a platform to have their voices heard and their stories told,’ the couple said in a statement. ‘The values of RFK Foundation and The Archewell Foundation are aligned in our shared belief of courage over fear, and love over hate. Together we know that a ripple of hope can turn into a wave of change.’

Elsewhere during the event, Meghan opened up about her struggle with suicidal thoughts while a member of the Royal Family.

The Duchess, with Harry at her side, said ‘just didn’t want to be alive anymore’ and told the gala that she first shared her struggle publicly last year during her interview with Oprah because ‘I don’t want anyone to feel alone’.

The Duchess added that mental health can be a problem when ‘you don’t see a way out,’ and noted that many people around the world felt the way she did when they were trapped in isolation during COVID-19 lockdowns.

Meghan was asked about her decision to detail the moment she considered ending her life while living inside palace walls and admitted that ‘it wasn’t an easy decision to make, as you can imagine.’

Asked why she chose to reveal this during her Oprah interview, Meghan said: ‘I don’t want anyone to feel alone.

‘And when you’ve been through anything that’s challenging, and everyone, especially in the past few years with lockdown and COVID, that spike in numbers of people having an experience they might not be voicing. We all need to, when we can, if we feel brave enough, to just speak honestly about your own experience.’

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle beamed from ear to ear as they arrived at a glittering New York City gala on Tuesday night – when they will accept an award for the ‘heroic’ stance against ‘structural racism’ in the Monarchy.

The couple – who profess themselves to be eco-warriors – arrived at the event in a convoy of three SUVs, accompanied by five security guards who helped them out of their vehicle

A dazzling tribute to Diana: Meghan wears late Princess’s $90,000 aquamarine ring with custom-made Louis Vuitton gown

Meghan Markle added a glittering tribute to the late Princess Diana to her red carpet look as she stepped out to accept an ‘anti-racism’ award with Prince Harry in New York City this evening.

The 41-year-old donned a custom-made Louis Vuitton gown, which featured a daring thigh-high split and an off-the-shoulder neckline – and which bore an uncanny resemblance to the design worn by the Princess of Wales at the Earthshot Gala in Boston last week.

Meghan was sporting what appeared to be a large emerald-cut ring that once belonged to Princess Diana

However, while Meghan’s dress certainly took center stage at the event, her outfit also featured a rather special piece of jewelry: a large aquamarine ring that once belonged to the late Princess of Wales.

It is not the first time that the Duchess has worn the emerald-cut ring, which was commissioned by Diana from British jewelry brand Asprey in the 1990s and is estimated to be worth a staggering $90,000.

She added: ‘It gives other people space and the courage to do the same, but more than that to really feel like you’re not alone, because I think that is often what can be the largest hindrance when you feel that way, you don’t see a way out.’ 

Meghan continued: ‘Look, I was really ashamed to say it at the time and ashamed to have to admit it to Harry especially, because I know how much loss he has suffered, but I knew that if I didn’t say it, then I would do it. I just didn’t want to be alive anymore. 

‘But ultimately, if you feel like there’s someone else that has a lived experience. they’ve gotten to the other side, and gave example of resilience, an example of ‘there is a happy ending’, I think that’s what most people are probably seeking out in those moments.

‘And that’s why I made the decision to just say ‘if my experience can help someone else not feel the same way or to know that there’s hope then it’s worth every second of whatever comes with it.’

Ms Kennedy, who is the daughter of Robert F Kennedy, said the Sussexes had been ‘incredibly brave’ in addressing the issues of racial justice and mental illness.

‘They’ve stood up, they’ve talked about racial justice and they’ve talked about mental illness in a way that was incredibly brave,’ she told US outlet Extra on the event’s blue carpet.

‘In this world in the wake of Covid there has been a massive spike… people around the globe have said they have anxiety and massive depression. For Meghan to get out there on national television and normalise discussion of mental health, at this point, is incredibly important and very brave.’

Members of the public gathered in the rain and took pictures and videos of the couple, as they arrived at the New York Hilton Midtown hotel on Tuesday.

Meghan wore a white, long-sleeved Louis Vuitton gown complete with a front slit and off-the-shoulder neckline, and the couple smiled at the crowds before posing on the event’s blue carpet.

The 2022 Ripple of Hope ceremony was hosted by Hollywood actor Alec Baldwin.

As well as Harry and Meghan, those recognised at the RFKHR event included Frank Baker, co-founder and managing partner of Siris, Brian Moynihan, chair of the board and chief executive of Bank of America, and Michael Polsky, founder and chief executive of Invenergy.

The ceremony also recognised NBA legend and civil rights icon Bill Russell with a posthumous award.

Meghan’s dress bore an uncanny resemblance to the bold green gown worn by the Princess of Wales on Friday, when she and Prince William hosted the eco-friendly Earthshot Gala in Boston, an event that was dramatically overshadowed by the release of Harry and Meghan’s first bombshell Netflix trailer. 

Much like Kate’s gown – which was rented in keeping with the environmental ethos of the Earthshot Prize – Meghan’s dress had an off-the-shoulder neckline, long sleeves, and a slit, although the Princess of Wales’ was at the back of her gown, while the Duchess of Sussex’s ran up the front of her design. 

Unlike Kate’s dress, a Solace London design that was rented from online fashion platform HURR at a price of $91 a night, Meghan’s gown had a much steeper price tag. 

In fact, the Duchess’s white gown was a one-of-a-kind piece designed for her by Louis Vuitton’s creative director Nicolas Ghesquière, according to Vogue.  

While Meghan’s dress design was reminiscent of Kate’s Earthshot gown, the Sussex’s arrival at the Ripple of Hope Gala this evening couldn’t have been further from the climate-focused initiative founded by the Prince of Wales. 

The couple – who profess themselves to be eco-warriors – pulled up at the event in a convoy of three SUVs, accompanied by five security guards who helped them out of their vehicle, having jetted into New York City on a private jet yesterday.

Despite the cold and rainy conditions in New York, Meghan appeared to go without any tights – and she opted not to wear a coat, instead showing off her bare shoulders as she strutted into the Hilton Midtown Hotel. 

Once inside, the couple made a very quick dash down the red carpet, failing to pause or speak to photographers, instead just flashing smiles at the cameras before heading into the gala dinner, which is being emceed by Alec Baldwin. 

Harry and Meghan held hands – with the latter flashing a large blue ring that appeared to be an emerald-cut aquamarine, which once belonged to Princess Diana. 

Harry, 38, held an umbrella over himself and Meghan, who guided her husband into the event by the hand 


The Duchess paired her white dress with a boxy black clutch and matching heels, and she had her dark brunette locks pulled back into a low bun, allowing her glamorous makeup look to shine 

The Duchess of Sussex wore a pair of long gold earrings – and she flashed a glimpse at her large engagement ring as she and Harry walked into the event 


Ever the gentleman, Harry held an umbrella up for Meghan to shield her from the rain as she exited their SUV 

The couple made their way into the gala through a side door of the hotel – under the watchful eye of several NYPD cops – and made a speedy dash down the red carpet, refusing to stop to speak to press 


She flashed her pearly whites as the couple made their way past a small crowd of people who had gathered outside of the Hilton Midtown Hotel in Manhattan 

Meghan wore the emerald-cut accessory on her wedding day in May 2018, adding the stunning jewel to the look that she sported at the couple’s evening reception at Frogmore House. She was also pictured sporting the beautiful ring during the Sussexes’ tour in Tonga in October 2018. 

Kate also wore a piece of Princess Diana’s jewelry at the Earthshot Prize Gala – an emerald-and-diamond choker that matched the green hue of her gown. 

The enormous aquamarine was commissioned from British jeweler Asprey by the late Princess Diana in the early 1990s – and is understood to have been passed down to Prince Harry after his mother’s passing in August 1997. 

However, while Meghan and Harry happily beamed for a few photos, they refused to answer any questions from press – ignoring all inquiries about their upcoming Netflix documentary or whether they had a message to send to the Royal Family. 

Once inside the gala, the pair were seated at a dinner – where they continued to put on a very affectionate display, with images capturing Harry with his arm around his wife in a tender display. 

Throughout the dinner, humanitarian awards were being given out to the chosen recipients – including Meghan and Harry who were being honored for their stance against ‘structural racism’ in the Royal Family. 

Ahead of Harry and Meghan’s arrival, Robert F. Kennedy’s daughter Kerry told media on the red carpet that she was ‘incredibly proud’ of the couple for speaking out about ‘racial justice and mental health’  


Meghan flashed an enormous blue ring – thought to be an emerald-cut aquamarine that once belonged to Princess Diana – as she clasped Harry’s hand on the red carpet 

The couple maintained their wide smiles for the cameras, but failed to stop and speak to the press who had gathered on the carpet in anticipation of their arrival  

Despite the cold temperatures in New York City, the former Suits actress went without a coat, allowing her shoulder-baring dress to take center stage 

News that the pair were set to be awarded the honor by the RFK Foundation, which is run by Kerry, ex-wife of disgraced former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo , initially sparked bewilderment, even from within the Kennedy clan

However, any confusion over the decision to present the couple with the humanitarian award quickly turned to shock when Kerry, 63, told Spanish news site El Confidencial that she had chosen to honor Harry and Meghan for their ‘heroic’ stance against the ‘structural racism’ of the Monarchy.    

‘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 said. 

RFK’s daughter Kerry Kennedy revealed last month that she had chosen to honor Harry and Meghan for taking a ‘heroic’ stance against ‘structural racism’ in the Monarchy – comments that likely only served to drive an even bigger wedge between the Sussexes and the Monarchy. 

News that the pair were set to be awarded the honor by the RFK Foundation, which is run by Kerry, ex-wife of disgraced former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, initially sparked bewilderment, even from within the Kennedy clan. 

Her brother, RFK Jr., admitted to DailyMail.com that he was left ‘baffled’ by the decision, saying: ‘It’s a bewildering choice but still an encouraging step up from 2020,’ referring to Anthony Fauci, who won the award two years ago.


At one point, Harry put a protective arm around his wife as they made their way down the carpet 

The couple refused to answer questions from the media about their upcoming Netflix documentary – and also gave no response when they were asked if they wanted to send a message to the Royal Family 


The couple kept a firm grip on one another as they posed for the photographers 

Harry and Meghan were joined on the carpet by RFK’s daughter Kerry, who previously said that she had chosen to honor the Sussexes for their ‘heroic’ stance against ‘structural racism’ in the Monarchy  

Kerry went on to speak about her late father’s visit to apartheid South Africa in 1966, saying that Harry and Meghan have the ‘moral courage’ that many people didn’t to discuss racial justice.

‘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,’ she continued.

She doubled down on those comments at the gala this evening, telling the waiting press that she was ‘proud’ of Harry and Meghan for ‘standing up’ and ‘talking about racial justice and mental illness’. 

‘They’ve stood up, they’ve talked about racial justice and mental illness in a way that was incredibly brave,’ she said, adding that she was particularly impressed by Meghan’s decision to speak out about her own mental health battles during the Sussexes’ bombshell interview with Oprah last year – when the Duchess revealed that she had struggled with suicidal thoughts. 

‘For Meghan to get out there on national television and normalize a discussion about mental health is incredibly important and brave,’ Kerry added. ‘The issues around racial justice are also incredibly important. I’m incredibly proud of them.’ 

Both Meghan and Harry flashed wide smiles as they arrived at the Ripple of Hope Gala, where they will be presented with an award for their ‘heroic’ stance against ‘structural racism’ in the Royal Family, organizer Kerry Kennedy said

No doubt her remarks will do little to heal the ever-widening rift between the Sussexes and the Royal Family – particularly as they came just days before the couple released the first of two bombshell trailers for their upcoming Netflix docuseries, both of which hinted that the pair will launch a fresh barrage of attacks on the Monarchy.

Meghan and Harry’s appearance at the gala comes hours after they were spotted arriving in New York on a private jet – their first public outing since their explosive Netflix documentary trailer was released to the world. 

The Duchess beamed as she and Harry stepped into a waiting SUV before making their way into the Big Apple, with the 41-year-old sporting an all-black outfit and large sunglasses, while her 38-year-old husband wore a buttoned-down white shirt and black trousers. 

But while the Monarchy has no doubt been rocked by the release of the couple’s second Netflix trailer, senior royals proved this evening that the show will go on – even in the face of incoming attacks from the Sussexes – when they put on an incredibly glitzy display at their own glamorous event. 

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