*Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will receive the President’s Award at the 53rd NAACP Image Awards.
The honor will be handed out at the ceremony airing live on Feb. 26 at 8 p.m. on BET.
“We’re thrilled to present this award to Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who together have heeded the call to social justice and have joined the struggle for equity both in the U.S. and around the world,” said NAACP president and CEO Derrick Johnson in a statement, as reported by THR. “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.”
Meanwhile, Prince Harry is taking legal action against the publisher of the Daily Mail, and the move comes after his wife previously received a symbolic £1 ($1.36) in damages from the same newspaper group in another lawsuit over invasion of privacy and copyright infringement.
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
In a statement on Dec. 2 following the ruling, the Duchess of Sussex said, “This is a victory not just for me, but for anyone who has ever felt scared to stand up for what’s right.”
She noted, “While this win is precedent setting, what matters most is that we are now collectively brave enough to reshape a tabloid industry that conditions people to be cruel, and profits from the lies and pain that they create.”
Here’s more from USA Today about Prince Harry’s lawsuit:
Details about this latest lawsuit were sketchy. Harry’s press office in California, where he and Meghan and their two children, Archie, 2, and Lilibet, 8 months, now live, would only confirm the lawsuit was filed but nothing about why.
Associated Newspapers also was short on details, only confirming the lawsuit. But according to a source familiar with the situation but not authorized to speak publicly, Harry is suing over a Feb. 20 article in The Mail on Sunday alleging he sought to shield his legal battle from the public to gain police protection while visiting his homeland.
Harry is reportedly sparring with the British government over whether he and his family will receive security when they are in the United Kingdom. Officials say he’s not entitled to a taxpayer-funded security force because he’s no longer a working royal.