Meghan Markle and Harry arrive for awards honour as royals await Netflix doc

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    "Heroic" Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have arrived at an awards ceremony to take home a gong for challenging structural racism in the Royal Family.

    The Duke and Duchess and Sussex, who are just two days away from the release of their Netflix docuseries, have appeared at the Robert F. Kennedy Awards night for the Ripple of Hope Award.

    In announcing the couple as winners, Robert Kennedy's daughter, Kerry praised them for claiming to Oprah Winfrey that they had been questioned about the colour of their son Archie's skin.

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    According to Ms Kennedy, Harry and Meghan exemplified the "moral courage" her late father called for during a speech against apartheid in South Africa.

    For nearly 50 years, the prize named after the former United States Attorney General, has honoured exemplary leaders who have "demonstrated an unwavering commitment to social change and worked to protect and advance equity, justice, and human rights".

    Outlining the motivation behind the decision to award the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Ms Kennedy previously said: "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.

    "They knew that if they did this there would be consequences, that they would be ostracised, they would lose their family, their position within this structure, and that people would blame them for it.

    "They have done it anyway because they believed they couldn't live with themselves if they didn't question this authority. I think they have been heroic in taking this step."

    Hollywood actor and producer Alec Baldwin, who arrived shortly before the Sussexes, will oversee the gala.

    Previous winners have included US President Joe Biden and ex-POTUSs Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, as well former Democratic hopefuls Hilary Clinton and Al Gore.

    Tickets for tonight's gala are selling for up to $1million (£847,000).

    The top-tier 'Pioneer' package includes four seats at the main table where the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expected to be also seated.

    Other packages cost $500,000 (£424,000) and include VIP reception access.

    The event is organised by the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights organisation.

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex touched down in New York City on a private flight this morning before making their way straight to an awaiting SUV.

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