Meghan and Harry hint at ‘wave of change’ as they accept anti-racism award

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle gave a stirring speech as they accepted an award at the Ripple of Hope Awards Gala.

The pair attended Tuesday night's (December 6) event to receive the prestigious Robert F. Kennedy for challenging the Royal Family's "power structure" and for standing up to "structural racism".

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex said a ripple of hope "can turn into a wave of change”.

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"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.”

The event also saw Meghan open up about her decision to speak publicly about her struggle with suicidal feelings, claiming she now wants to be an "advocate for healing".

"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," she said.

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"We all need to, when we can, if we feel brave enough, 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."

"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."

Meghan first opened up about her mental health struggles during the Sussexes' bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2021.

The tell-all discussion also saw the pair make their first bombshell claims about structural racism in the Royal Family, claiming a senior royal made comments about the skin tone of their unborn child Archie when Meghan was pregnant.

The Duchess said there were "concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he's born," and when Oprah asked whether the worries were about whether the boy would be "too brown", she responded: "If that is the assumption you are making, that is a pretty safe one."

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The interview and bombshell claims that have followed, including those made in the trailers for the couple's upcoming Netflix series, haven't sat well with the palace and have ensured tensions have remained high between the Sussexes and their royal relatives.

John F Kennedy's niece Kerry Kennedy, who hosted Tuesday's awards ceremony, commended the pair's stance against the royals and praised them for taking action despite knowing they would be ostracised.

Previous winners of a Ripple of Hope award have included the current US President Joe Biden, ex-Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, and former Democratic contenders Hilary Clinton and Al Gore.

Other honourees recognised at the gala included Ukraine's president Volodymyr Zelensky.

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