Prince Harry rift could ‘deepen’ over award acceptance, claims expert

Prince Harry book: Jennie Bond reacts to ‘damning’ memoir

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The former royal correspondent joined GB News on Wednesday to discuss Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Ripple of Hope award, and claimed the acknowledgement puts the Sussexes “in a difficult position”. The journalist made the remarks following the award, which the pair was selected for after standing up to “structural racism” in the Royal Family.

The Sussexes won the prestigious Robert F Kennedy Award for challenging the Royal Family’s “power structure”.

The royal couple will attend an awards ceremony in New York on December 6

Speaking to GB News’ Martin Daubney and Isabel Webster, Jennie explained: “It’s put the Sussexes in a rather difficult position, I think.

“Do they say, ‘No, we don’t want to even acknowledge that you’re offering this award? Do we go and accept it in person?’

Perhaps the middle way of just accepting it, but not turning up, is something.

“I think if they do go along and accept this award on a public stage, yeah, it’s going to make things even worse, the rift could be even deeper.”

The 72-year-old continued: “I feel very, very cross about this award being even offered to the Sussexes because by offering it, it is a tacit accusation… that there is structural racism within the Royal Family.

“I do not think that’s the case. The Commonwealth, which is largely made up of people of colour, is hugely important, and hugely important to our late Queen and to King Charles, as he made clear yesterday.”

The pair accused a member of the Royal Family of racism in their bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey back in March 2021.

They claimed that a senior royal made a comment about the skin colour of their then-unborn son, Archie.

Prince William defended the monarchy and told reporters “we are very much not a racist family” during an event days after the interview aired.

Commenting on Tuesday’s state banquet, Jennie added: “It was really quite something, and a very important speech also by King Charles.

“I think it was important that he should acknowledge the relationship and the history between South Africa and the UK and he did that.

“Around our former colonies the cries, not just for acknowledgement of the past but for reparation, are loud, as we saw on the Caribbean tour of Kate and William earlier in the year.

“But this time, King Charles took the first opportunity to say we must acknowledge the wrongs which have shaped our past and in that way, we can move forward to a common future.

“And he talked with the profound sorrow of our history, wisdom probably didn’t go as far as many in the Caribbean and South African places like that would wish, but it was certainly an acknowledgement of our history on a very important stage.”

Jennie concluded: “I think it’ll go down very well with the public, I think it’s important that our head of state should acknowledge the past. We can’t wait it out.

“But acknowledging it, surely, I think will be the least we can do.

“And I think many people will be proud of the King for taking a stand.”

Breakfast airs daily from 6am on GB News.

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