Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to receive true honour with prestigious award

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are to receive a prestigious award in the US for their charitable work across the world.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are continuing their integration into US life as they receive the President’s Award during the 53rd National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People Image Awards this weekend for "heeding the call to social justice and joining the struggle for equity around the world."

The pair have since released a joint statement describing the "true honour" adding that the efforts of the NAACP for racial justice were as "vital" today as they were more than a hundred years ago when it was founded.

The couple's statement said: "It's a true honour to be recognised by President Derrick Johnson and the NAACP, whose efforts to propel racial justice and civil rights are as vital today as they were nearly 115 years ago.

"We're proud to support the NAACP's work and to also partner with the organisation on the newly created annual NAACP-Archewell Digital Civil Rights Award, which will be bestowed to Dr Safiya Noble as part of the 53rd NAACP Image Awards."

President of the organisation, Derrick Johnson said: "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 US and around the world.

"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."

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The NAACP was set up in 1909 in response to ongoing violence against black people and is the US's largest civil rights organisation, with more than two million activists.

The Sussexes' Archwell Foundation has joined forces with the charity for the new NAACP-Archewell Digital Civil Rights Award, which recognises leaders creating "transformational change at the intersection of social justice and technology".

The 53rd NAACP Image Awards is being aired live in the US on February 26.

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