Wednesday, 24 Apr 2024

Harry and Meghan dodge questions after being heckled in New York

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were asked if they are ‘destroying the royal family’ for their Netflix documentary by a heckler.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex faced an avalanche of questions last night at the Robert F Kennedy Human Rights (RFKHR) gala in New York City.

It was their first public appearance since the trailer for their Netflix docuseries Harry & Meghan: A Global Event dropped.

As they arrived at the Hilton Midtown, someone heckled: ‘Harry, what do you think about destroying the royal family?’

‘Meghan, you destroyed the royal family,’ the person added, according to video footage tweeted by ITV journalist Fred Dimbleby.

Others in the crowd cheered the couple as they stepped out of the car, while another shouted: ‘That’s him, that’s him!’

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In a nod to his mother, Princess Diana, Harry said: ‘I was terrified. I didn’t want history to repeat itself.’

Last night, the couple were handed RFKHR’s top humanitarian award for their activism on racial justice and mental health.

The Ripple of Hope Award is given to leaders who have ‘demonstrated an unwavering commitment to social change and worked to protect and advance equity, justice, and human rights’, according to RFKHR.

The organisation’s president and daughter of Robert F Kennedy, Kerry Kennedy, said that Meghan and Harry’s candid conversations about mental illness and racism have been ‘incredibly brave’.

‘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 American outlet Extra yesterday evening. 

‘For Meghan to get out there on national television and normalise discussion of mental health, at this point, is incredibly important and very brave.’

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