Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are to be honored with a special award for their services surrounding Afghanistan and in the support of refugees. The couple are said to not be attending the ceremony, however.
- Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Archewell Foundation will be honored with a special award for their work surrounding Afghanistan
- The Sussexes charitable foundation will be presented with the Partner Organization Award by the Human First Coalition, though it’s thought the foundation’s director, James Holt, will be collecting the award and not the Duke and Duchess
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Harry and Meghan’s foundation, Archewell, will receive another prestigious award, it has been announced.
Months after the pair won the NAACP President’s Award, the work they’ve done with refugees from Afghanistan will see them honored with the Partner Organization Award by the Human First Coalition.
Human First Coalition is thrilled to welcome such tremendous honorees and performers at our benefit on 8/15 at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City. You can learn more, donate, purchase tickets, or underwrite the attendance of an Afghan refugee at https://t.co/MvI1cdfm9s pic.twitter.com/mkGD6V4dRfAugust 11, 2022
The coalition was founded by former Taliban captive Safi Rauf in 2021, alongside brothers Zabih Rauf and Anees Khalil, to provide help to refugees after the United States withdrew from Afghanistan.
The work of the organization – aided by donations and advocacy from the likes of Harry and Meghan – has meant that over 7000 vulnerable people have received food, shelter and education.
Harry and Meghan will be honored alongside U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal at the ceremony, set to take place on August 15.
Of the night's honorees, Rauf, the president of the Human First Coalition said in a statement, "Both Sen. Blumenthal and the Archewell Foundation were instrumental in assisting us as we organized efforts to assist Afghans who were left behind when the Taliban took Kabul.”
"We cannot thank them enough for their support."
Harry and Meghan have made assisting refugees a high-profile cause close to their hearts.
In 2021, the pair released their digital Christmas card, featuring their family of four in California. Alongside the family snap, the Sussexes shared a statement which read, “As we look forward to 2022, we have made donations on your behalf to several organizations that honor and protect families—from those being relocated from Afghanistan to American families in need of paid parental leave."
A simple but meaningful digital Christmas card from Prince Harry, Duchess Meghan and their Archewell team this year. Alongside the card, the couple made donations to @TeamRubicon, @welcomeus, @GoHumanFirst, @HumanityCrew, @PaidLeaveforAll, @PaidLeaveUS and #MarshallPlanForMoms🎄 pic.twitter.com/c5alRJoFJrDecember 23, 2021
The couple also paid a visit to the Task Force Liberty base in New Jersey in November 2021, where more than 10,000 people evacuated from Afghanistan following the Taliban's takeover of the country were sheltered.
During the trip, the pair visited a classroom of young children where they performed a rendition of "heads, shoulders, knees and toes" before revealing it was their son, Archie's, favorite song at the time.
Afghanistan is also important to Harry as he served two military tours there, in 2007 and 2012.
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