The Duke & Duchess of Sussex plan to give out honors for woke causes?

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It felt like the British papers spent much of the weekend dunking on the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for their ill-fated Pandemic Tour. And we all know how Bill and Cathy are incredibly thin-skinned, so they already had something they could use to lash out and change the subject: an update from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s plans for their Archewell Foundation. We know that Harry and Meghan have spent much of 2020 planning what they will do with Archewell, but nothing has actually been announced as far as initiatives or projects. Now the Sun claims that Harry and Meghan want to hand out “honors” to people or groups doing good works. The Sun’s reading of this was predictably nasty.

Prince Harry and Meghan are planning their own honours list from halfway across the world. The woke couple will recognise do-gooders in the fields they like to champion. They hope to celebrate “charitable service, education, science, literature, racial justice, gender equity, environmental stewardship, youth empowerment, health and mental health”, papers filed in the US reveal.

Winning firms, charities and individuals can expect the right-on couple’s seal of approval. We’ve also mocked up a snowflake medal to show how they might be rewarded.

While the Queen hands out gongs twice a year, the Sussexes’ rival scheme would be run by their Archewell foundation. Lawyers for the California-based pair first applied for permission to trademark the name in March. US government lawyers rejected the application because their papers were vague and not signed.

[From The Sun]

The Sun did a mock-up of a “Snowflake medal” to highlight their story, because isn’t it hilarious that Harry and Meghan would want to highlight “woke” causes like environmentalism or education. What’s that? William’s big new keen project is about environmentalism? What’s that? Kate’s Keen Early Years project is about education? Well, HOW WOKE.

Anyway, I doubt that Harry and Meghan see their purpose as handing out actual awards or honors. It’s more like H&M will use their names and their foundation to draw attention and funding to those organizations, people and charities who get their stamp of approval.

Update: The Sussexes’ spox denied this story. Probably because it was just some random sh-t pushed by Kensington Palace.

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  1. Becks1 says:

    So the Cambridges definitely leaked this to the Sun, right? The timing just feels too predictable, except that I cant imagine Meghan and Harry would share this kind of info with Will and Kate at this point. Maybe its just completely made up, lol. And wow the Sun’s piece is really nasty.

    • Rebecca says:

      The Sun is scouring any and every legal filing the Sussexes are doing and spinning a tale out of it. I’m sure by the end of the day, that story will be deleted/scrubbed from their website.

      KP doesn’t know anything. Neither does the Sun. That’s why they’re focused on the public documents filed by H&M. It’s all a distraction from that panned train tour by W&K. Since it went down like a lead balloon over the weekend, the Sun, KP’s PR arm, was tasked with writing this latest garbage.

      The good thing is that people have caught on to their intent: distract from the Cambridges tone deaf train tour PR stunt. They’re getting eaten alive, even in the Daily Mail’s comments.

  2. Snuffles says:

    They wouldn’t be the first organization to give out awards to acknowledge charitable organizations. It’s done all the time. How extraordinarily self absorbed to think only the Royal family can do it.

    With that said, I’m sure the tabloids are just guessing what Archewell MIGHT do.

    They are clearly running out of sticks to beat them with.

  3. Sofia says:

    The Sun being nasty? And in other news: water is wet.

    As for the awards thing, its not really a bad idea. I imagine it’ll be similar to what they did on their Instagram where they highlighted charities for a month but one a different scale.

  4. Amy Bee says:

    The Cambridges are being criticised for their Royal Tour during the pandemic so the papers have made up a report to turn the public’s attention on the Sussexes. We won’t know what Harry and Meghan are going to do until they make an announcement and the story itself rings false.

  5. Snap Happy says:

    I think it’s too early for them to hand out awards. Their foundation hasn’t really been established yet. If they want to highlight good causes on their website that’s different. I just think awards would encourage ridicule.

    • Myra says:

      My default reaction for anything from The Sun is to not believe it. I’m sure like The National Enquirer, they will occasionally break a news story, but more often it’s just lies and spins. With that said, awards are pretty useless and a waste of time and resources. However recognising causes and volunteers is good as it raises awareness and helps to generate much-needed funds.

      • Lady D says:

        This story really does sound so fake, but I can understand the sheep at the DM believing this. They want to believe every nasty and horrible article written about the Sussex’s.

    • Mac says:

      Unless these awards come with money, no one will be terribly interested which is why I think this story is a complete fabrication.

  6. Nanny to the Rescue says:

    Pretty sure woke causes they’re making fun of are, because this is Britain, racial justice and gender equity, not education and probably not environment. Because this is the large difference between M&H and W&K.

  7. ThatsNotOkay says:

    Let’s be clear: anyone who still uses the term “woke” is white. And old. And should never have started using it in the first place, not only due to the cultural appropriation, but also because they are too dumb, racist, or sociopathic to understand it. In other words, those still using “woke” are “jokes.” Or the preferred spelling, “djoks.”

    • Steph says:


    • bettyrose says:

      It’s hard to hold onto terminology that essentially means “trying to do the right thing for the greatest amount of people.” Back in the 80s, it was non-ironic to say “politically correct,” but then the phrasing got co-opted by right-wing media in the 90s and now no one says PC except in mockery. I sort of liked “woke” when it first emerged, although I think it was primarily about a burgeoning awareness of systemic racism, not intended as a catchall for liberal causes. But I agree its time came and went quickly.

  8. tee says:

    this “scoop” comes at a laughably predictable time. if the award has money attached to it, i cant see anything wrong with it. people are always seeking additional funding for their work.

  9. Simalu says:

    Don’t trust the Sun and never will. Utter nonsense. As for them, hope they are not handing out any awards just yet as their foundation isn’t really established yet beyond the name and it feels really premature.

  10. S808 says:

    Something about them being so nasty in these articles and speculation about h&m when they’re obviously desperate for any piece of information on them makes me laugh. The bitterness really jumps out at you.

  11. Amy Bee says:

    Harry and Meghan have just denied this story.

    “Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s team have put out a statement over the reports about a Archewell award scheme: “We look forward to sharing more about Archewell’s work in the weeks ahead but any suggestion that it is intended to rival the UK honours list is false….

    … Furthermore, the trademark application has followed the normal course of business for the US Trademark process and any suggestion otherwise is also false.”

    The British media has been reduced to scouring public documents to get information on Harry and Meghan.

    • BnLurkN4eva says:

      News about H/M are now being reported by credible US sources, H/M warned us months ago to disregard anything from certain British outlets. If had been true it would have been reported by the NYtimes or a similar source.

  12. L4frimaire says:

    This is just ridiculous and so obviously used to distract from what’s actually happening in the UK. Sussex spokes team had the perfect chill response to this non- story. Nothing to see there folks .

  13. Ginger says:

    I am so glad that have the freedom to deny stories now. Why on earth would they EVER go back?

  14. Lizzie says:

    I guess this tour has really backfired on the keens, as it should have. They are so in love with themselves they are probably blaming Harry and Meghan for the failure.

  15. Summerlover says:

    Piers Morgan has gone one a rant re these supposed awards. Its really appalling to see this level of hatred. Just when I thought he couldn’t go lower, he says…Here, hold my beer!

    • BnLurkN4eva says:

      Are you saying he went on a rant about this article that turns out to be of course false? I don’t pay attention to this guy so it would be really amusing if he’s actually ranting about a false information.

  16. Sunday says:

    I know that this story’s been denied, but I just think it’s *hilarious* that the british press covered a PRIZE as the most prestigious environmental initiative in world history, but an AWARD would be woke and awful. Got it. Earthshot Prize = a win, NAY, a TRIUMPH, but if they had called it Earthshot Award then the press would have turned on the cambridges once and for all, because if there’s anything the royal family and its loyalists despise it’s meaningless awards, medals, sashes, and other frilly designations.

    So dumb.

    • MangoAngelesque says:

      Because “award” is clearly code for “award show,” which obvs means Megs is the puppeteer making Harry use his Princeliness to further her fame-hungry Hollywood social climb. Whereas a “prize” is bestowed from someone on high to a lowly underneather, amplifying Billy’s Kingliness over Harry’s Princeliness.

      Don’t you see?

      (my eyes legit hurt from the HARD rolls they just took whilst I wrote that.)

  17. The Cambridges tour is a massive flop. They are not welcome in the places they visit for fear of Covid infection. They are considered tone-deaf and insensitive people. Now the news coverage about their trip is muted. What’s making the round of news is the noise about the Sussexes. They really are the convenient shock absorbers of the Cambridges’ huge PR ego trip disaster.
    Now the British media, especially Piers Morgan, should apologize to the Sussexes and their readers for publishing fake news about the awards. This whole racist lot is just laughable. And then they say they’re not racist when they obviously are— to their very core.

    • Summerlover says:

      They have not printed a correction in DM at all. It’s not in their interests obviously🙄

  18. Ann says:

    Again, the irony of them using the “Snowflake” term against H & M when the Royals are such snowflakes themselves. Charles at least gets touchy about everything. So much for the stiff upper lip. The thing is, H & M don’t pretend to have that approach. Harry is more like his mother, open with his feelings, at least by comparison to his family.