Razzle dazzle and recognition are the name of the game as the Sussexes finally hit the red carpet in Tinseltown.
Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, will make their first official Hollywood appearance since moving to the US when on Saturday, they'll attend the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Image Awards. The pair will be awarded with the prestigious President's Award in recognition of their distinguished public service.
The honorary award has in the past been presented to A-listers such as Muhammad Ali, Rihanna and LeBron James, and the couple are said to be delighted by the award.
The 53rd NAACP Image Awards will honor humanitarians, global leaders, and co-founders of Archewell, Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, with the prestigious President's Award. The President's Award is presented in recognition of distinguished public service. pic.twitter.com/pCZcG5p3Tg— NAACP Image Awards® (@naacpimageaward) February 24, 2022
“It's a true honour to be recognised by President Derrick Johnson and the NAACP, whose efforts to propel racial justice and civil rights are as vital today as they were nearly 115 years ago,” they wrote in a joint statement.
“We're thrilled to present this award to Prince Harry and Meghan, the duke and duchess of Sussex,” says Derrick Johnson, president and CEO of the NAACP. “Together, they've heeded the call for social justice and have joined the struggle for equity, both in the US and around the world.”
Through the Archewell Foundation which they founded in 2020, the Sussexes have worked to address issues caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and supported the Black Lives Matter Movement in an effort to fight racial injustice.
In collaboration with the NAACP, the Archewell Foundation also established a new Digital Civil Rights annual award that celebrates leaders who are creating transformational change.
“Not only do they continue to lead by example, the duke and duchess have also decided to inspire the next generation of activists through the NAACP-Archewell Digital Civil Rights Award, ensuring the support and recognition of generations of civil rights leaders to come,” Derrick adds.
Dr Safiya Noble, a professor of gender studies and African American studies at UCLA who's spearheading the study of digital technologies in gender, race and culture and has previously worked with Prince Harry at the Aspen Institute, is the inaugural recipient of the NAACP-Archewell annual award.
Since moving to California with their son, Archie (2) and welcoming their daughter, Lilibet (8 months), Harry and Meghan have made only a handful of appearances in California, and many fans are excited about their presence at the award.
Sources: People, DailyMail, Town and Country Mag, Mirror