Prince Harry and Meghan Markle mocked for latest cash payout ‘It’s going to help!’
Prince Harry and Meghan's 'reward' discussed by commentator
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Population Matters said it was recognising Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with the “Special Award” for reducing their impact on the environment by not having any more children following the birth of their daughter this year. The Sussexes, who quit as senior working royals last year, had baby Lilibet “Lili” Diana on June 4, following the birth of their son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor on May 6, 2019. The UK-based charity Population Matters, which campaigns to achieve a sustainable population, said the couple were being recognised as “a role model for other families”.
Speaking to Today Extra, royal expert Natali Oliveri said: “This charity has awarded Harry and Meghan for what they call an enlightened decision to have just two children.
“This follows the birth of Lilibet Diana in June.
“Prince Harry has previously spoken about only wanting two kids.”
She added: “Harry and Meghan have been given $900 (£650) – that’s their cash prize and they can do what they like with that money.”
The presenter interjected: “Oh, that’s going to help!” alluding to when Harry said he had been cut off financially by Prince Charles.
Harry mentioned his intention to have no more than two children during a talk with chimpanzee expert Dr Jane Goodall in Vogue magazine in 2019.
During the interview, he said the Earth is “borrowed”, adding: “Surely, being as intelligent as we all are, or as evolved as we all are supposed to be, we should be able to leave something better behind for the next generation.”
Harry and Meghan have been given the award with nine others, to mark the UN’s World Population Day on Saturday.
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A spokesman from the charity said: “In choosing and publicly declaring their intention to limit their family to two, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are helping to ensure a better future for their children and providing a role model for other families.
“Having a smaller family reduces our impact on the Earth, and provides a better chance for all our children, their children and future generations to flourish on a healthy planet.
“We commend the Duke and Duchess for taking this enlightened decision, and for affirming that a smaller family is also a happy family.”
Other winners include Wendo Aszed, founder of a women’s empowerment and community health project in rural Kenya, Emma Gannon, author of Olive, a best-selling novel addressing the choice to be childfree, and Nairashe Maritsa, a teenager fighting child marriage in Zimbabwe.
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It comes just a month after the couple welcomed their new daughter to the world.
Lilibet Diana was born on June 4 born at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California weighing in at 7lb 11oz.
Harry and Meghan revealed they were expecting a girl in March during their interview with Oprah Winfrey.
The new baby is the Queen’s 11th great-grandchild, and the first to be born since the death of the Duke of Edinburgh in April.
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