As I said last week, I’m not mad about George and Amal Clooney’s starf–ker game. The British establishment is one of the most insular caste systems in the world. George and Amal are awash in new money and prestige from their careers (Hollywood and legal) and they have the time, money and desire to buy their way into the British establishment. That’s exactly what they’re doing. That’s what they were doing when they sponsored Meghan and Harry’s wedding party through Casamigos Tequila. That’s what they were doing when Amal chipped in a big chunk of money for Meghan’s baby shower in New York. That’s what they were doing when they presumably gave a huge donation to the Prince’s Trust, all so they would be invited to Buckingham Palace (for the Prince’s Trust fundraiser). Apparently, the donation was so large that Amal is getting her name on something within the Prince’s Trust too. Initially, we heard it was going to be some kind of stand-alone initative or program. Nope – it’s going to be an “award.”
Youth charity Prince’s Trust International has launched a new global award celebrating the achievements of inspirational young women around the world. The Amal Clooney Award will highlight the work of young women who have succeeded against the odds to make a lasting difference in their communities. Amal will personally select one young winner to be presented with the award a year from now, in 2020.
The award will shine a light on the unsung heroes who are the driving force behind initiatives that are helping their communities to thrive. These could include anything from sustainable farming schemes, to community projects in refugee camps, to rebuild-work in war zones.
Amal Clooney says: “I am honoured to have been invited by Prince’s Trust International to participate in this global initiative celebrating young women who are change-makers in their communities. It is a privilege to be able to play a part in a project that will draw attention to incredible young women who are the future leaders of our world”.
The Amal Clooney Award is open to any young woman between 11 and 30 and is open to both those who have and have not been beneficiaries of The Prince’s Trust Group. More information can be found at www.princestrustinternational.org
Will the award actually come with a grant of money, or is it just an honorary thing to bring attention to what these young women are doing? I guess it depends on how much money the Clooneys are willing to spend on this. I mean… I think the whole idea of an “Amal Clooney Award” is rather gaudy and self-serving on her part. But I also think the concept of giving an actual award (and hopefully money) to outstanding young women is a great thing. As I said at the beginning, I don’t hate them for choosing to play the game. But I do hate them (a little bit) for making it seem like Prince Charles was so fascinated by Brilliant Barrister Unicorn Amal that he just had to make up an award in her name. No. George Clooney has been buying all of this sh-t for Amal ever since they started dating. And I mean that – George doesn’t really care if the British establishment accepts him. That’s HER thing, so he’s buying it for her.
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