A royal commentator sees Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's move to accept the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights' Ripple of Hope Award as "very brazen" and another dig at the royal family. Receiving the award seems to admit that the Duchess of Sussex is indeed "treated" in a racist way.
Jennie Bond claimed Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were very bold to accept the award. Kennedy's daughter, Kerry Kennedy, who also happens to be the association's president, chose the Sussexes as the recipients, calling their deed as a "heroic" stand to speak up against "structural racism within the institution" in a monarchy.
In an interview with OK! magazine, via Express, the journalist said that what the controversial couple did was "really hurtful and a very rude presumption." She was convinced that there was no "structured racism" in the royal family, and this public accusation was another huge disappointment for them.
Though the TV presenter didn't know if the royal pair should refuse the award or say it was inappropriate, she said it was sad for them to accept it. The Ripple of Hope Award Gala will occur on December 6 and is expected to be attended by the two.
For starters, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle started their claims about racism and neglect in the royal family during their bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2021.
Meanwhile, Kerry explained why the human rights nonprofit chose the parents of two for the prestigious award. In an interview with the Spanish online news site El Confidencial's Vanitatis magazine, as translated by People, she said they "exemplified the moral courage" against injustice that her father called for in his iconic Ripple of Hope speech in South Africa 50 years ago.
The former U.S. president said back then that the problem in this generation was "talking about racial justice." He also discussed moral courage and revealed that only a few dared to question their colleagues, family, and community about the "power structure" they had.
For Kerry, it was what she saw Prince Harry and Meghan Markle do. She continued that they bravely told the oldest institution in U.K. history what it was doing wrong, stressing it couldn't have "structural racism" inside the institution and maintain a "misunderstanding about mental health."
She added that the duke and duchess knew that if they did it, there would be dire consequences, resulting in being ostracized or losing their family and position within the structure and being blamed for it.
But they did it anyway, believing they couldn't live with themselves if they didn't make a move and question this authority. Hence, Kerry saw Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's move as heroic.