The Sussexes & Archewell will be honored for their work with Afghan refugees

It’s been one year since President Biden withdrew American forces from Afghanistan, one of the longest military occupations in American history. With the withdrawal, thousands of Afghan refugees fled to Europe and North America. Many of those refugees helped American and Coalition forces on the ground in Afghanistan. Last fall, during their trip to New York, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex visited the Afghan refugees who were being housed at the joint military base Task Force Liberty in New Jersey. Harry and Meghan’s visit was completely coordinated by the military, and Task Force Liberty controlled the information, which meant that the focus was on supporting the refugees and asking for people to donate to the Amazon wishlist for supplies, clothing, diapers, etc. I donated and I’m sure thousands of people donated. Harry and Meghan then backed up their support with generous donations, and highlighted the work of the Human First Coalition in their 2021 Christmas message. All of which means that the Sussexes have given major support to Afghan refugees, and now they’re winning an award for that support.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are set to be honored along with their Archewell Foundation for their work advocating for Afghan refugees. The couple, who will not receive the award in person, are also being thanked for their ‘generous’ donation to the Human First Coalition.

Archewell Foundation Executive Director James Holt will be receiving the Partner Organization Award on their behalf at an event next week in New York. As well as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, US Sen Richard Blumenthal will also be receiving the Haji Abdul Rauf Service Award for advocating on behalf of Afghan refugees and asylum seekers. The event will feature traditional Afgan food, music, performances and a bazaar with tickets costing $100 being donated to the organization.

As part of a holiday message in 2021 the couple chose the organization as one of a handful they had decided to donate to which they said ‘honored and protected families’.

James Holt, Executive Director of Archewell Foundation added: ‘It’s an honor to be recognized by Human First Coalition, whose steadfast work in Afghanistan has played a critical role in delivering much needed aid and resulted in the successful evacuation and resettlement of thousands globally. We share a commitment to supporting families and veterans and are grateful for their partnership.’

Said Rauf, President of the Human First Coalition, said: ‘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.’

[From The Daily Mail]

I’m so proud of them. Of course the Mail doesn’t even mention the Sussexes’ visit to the refugees in New Jersey either – I seriously believe their visit must have brought in tens of thousands in donations via the Amazon wishlist. The Sussex Squad also gave a lot of support to all of the charities highlighted by Harry and Meghan on their Christmas card. It sounds like Archewell gave a generous donation. It’s incredibly notable that a veteran of the Afghanistan theater of war is doing so much work for Afghan refugees.

Photos courtesy of Backgrid.

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  1. ThatsNotOkay says:

    What can TOBPOP raise money for? Helicopter aid? Cosplay assistance? I’m trying to brainstorm on his behalf, since we know he’s asking Jason Knauf for guidance and all. I’m just trying to be a good non citizen.

    • TIFFANY says:

      What is so funny is how POP competition with Harry is such a joke.

      He can’t see outside his own backside to realize that if he wasn’t such a grifter, he could get his hands on tons of money for charities.

    • MakeEverydayCount says:

      Service is Universal!

  2. equality says:

    It’s amazing how far H&M can stretch $50,000.

    • Maxine Branch says:

      @Equality sad that you are choosing to highlight $50,000. In income before Archewell was set up. That funding was from 2020. Let us celebrate giving because it is the right thing to do rather than hypocrisy .

      • equality says:

        Um,, that was sarcasm. Step down off the high horse.

      • Duchcheese says:

        @Equality, your comment doesn’t come accross as sarcastic though, I don’t blame Maxine. You should probably have added a sarcasm emoji or even the word sacarsm in brackets to clear any confusion.

    • Harla A Brazen Hussy says:

      Good one equality!

    • CourtneyB says:

      I immediately read that as sarcasm based on the Earthshot story quoting $50,000.

      • Lorelei says:

        @Equality, I also read it as sarcasm and lol’d, but I’m a very sarcastic person myself!

  3. Maxine Branch says:

    One can only imagine the many donation received by this organization because of the Sussexes highlighting and visiting them. One can only imagine the size of the legal endowment fund the Sussexes (Archewell) has in order to be able to bless so many organization. Very proud of this couple and the heart they have to fight for and support as many organizations they can. They are truly living a life of universal service.

  4. girl_ninja says:

    They do good work and work hard. Most of all they truly care about the making the world better and helping where they can. They are great examples and I am so proud of Harry and Meghan.

    We say it all the time. This is why the royals were jealous.

  5. NameHere says:

    Just an fyi, the people of Afghanistan are called Afghans, and referring to them as Afghanis (the currency of the country) can be considered somewhat offensive.

  6. Eurydice says:

    I’m glad to see Archewell’s efforts are yielding good results and I continue to be impressed by how H&M do business. An important point that the executive director of Archewell will be receiving the award – it’s establishing that Archewell is an entity of its own and not a celebrity project.

    • Christine says:

      Agreed, Eurydice. This is not a vanity project for Harry and Meghan, this is their passion.

      I just don’t understand their detractors, on a fundamental level. These two could happily swan off to obscurity and just live the life of a happy, young family, but they don’t.

  7. TR says:

    Hi there! This needs to be edited – Afghani refers to the currency of Afghanistan. You would call a person from Afghanistan an Afghan.

  8. C-Shell says:

    I went a little crazy on that Amazon wishlist last year, and can honestly say I’ve been donating to a number of the nonprofits H/M/Archewell supports since they left Isla de Saltines, in large part because of the fundraising the Squad promotes to celebrate H/M/A/L’s birthdays (right now it’s Sentebale). My favorite, though, is World Central Kitchen. These are very tough times, globally, and Harry and Meghan, and their very capable team, have aligned with the times incredibly well. This honor is very much deserved.

  9. Amy Bee says:

    They also highlighted and donated to charities that were helping Afghans when the withdrawal happened. They’re doing good work and I’m sure they’ve done a lot more behind the scenes.

  10. Jais says:

    Isn’t willliam going to nyc to meet with Bloomberg? Too bad for him it’s around the same time that archwell wins an award in the same city.

    • Duchcheese says:

      Maybe William and his team will visit the Task Force Liberty and offer some smiles and handshakes, LOL. William and his wife are such a joke.

  11. Lady Esther says:

    This is absolutely admirable work from Archewell and the Sussexes, bringing real, positive change to the world…Well done!

  12. taris says:


    • taris says:

      where👏🏾is👏🏾 the👏🏾podcast👏🏾meg?

      • equality says:

        I guess, the podcast is wherever she and spotify have agreed for it to be. What’s your concern in it? And why comment on an article that shows that they have been making good use of their time and resources with charity work?

      • tamsin says:

        Does anyone remember if the announcement said the podcast would drop in the summer, or late summer? I don’t know why people would expect it to appear necessarily first day of June. Summer technically ends middle of September when Fall begins. Beginning of September might be a great time for the podcast to debut.

    • phlyfiremama says:

      I agree, I want H&M content NOW!!
      🤣😭 I don’t even listen to podcasts yet, but I would sooo listen to his/hers/theirs!!

      • Saucy&Sassy says:

        It’s apparent that they’re busy. I suspect we only know a fraction of what they do. I think you’ll be disappointed if you attempt to get H&M to do anything on demand. They seem like they’re incredibly organized (which they would have to be). They need only meet Spotify’s deadlines–not anyone else.

  13. Well Wisher says:

    Service is the Sussexes personal ethos, I am happy that their efforts and work are being recognised, and sincerely hope that Harry and Meghan will always be given an opportunity to express this particular facet of their personalities.

    Congratulations to team at Archwell!!

  14. SuzieQ says:

    Decency and effectiveness are a powerful combination.

  15. Lorelei says:

    Countdown to the Cambridge announcement that they’ll be pivoting to focus on Afghan refugees starting, uh, whenever they’re done vacationing.

  16. Beverley says:

    The Cambridges look lame by comparison. And stingy. And lazy.

    There’s no way Keen and Peen can compete.