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Away From Royal Duties, Megan Markle Bags New Award

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By Augustine Mbam - - 5 Mins Read

Meghan Markle is a former actress and an American member of the British royal family. She is the wife of Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, who is the younger son of King Charles III and she is about to receive a Women of Vision Award From Gloria Steinem. This news also came just a few days after it was announced that Meghan would also be honored at the 48th Annual Gracie Awards, which recognize women’s work in media and entertainment, for her “Archetypes” podcast.

The award presented by Ms. Foundation is an established Brooklyn organization that works to bring attention to the real challenges facing women, especially women of color and low income.

In January 2020, Meghan and Harry stepped down as working royals to settle in California. Meghan Markle continued the work she began before her royal days in supporting women and girls through her charity work.

In October of the same year, they launched Archewell Inc., an American public organization that focuses on non-profit activities and creative media ventures. 

The foundation carries direct sponsorship and grants to countless charities supporting women and girls, including Girls Inc including Paid Leave for All, Moms First, the National Women’s Law Center, and Smart Works, which was the patronage of Meghan while she served as a senior royal. They also provided support to the Georgetown University Law Center's Initiative on Gender Justice, which develops policy solutions for schools, hospitals, the juvenile justice system, and other public systems.

The Award Presentation 

On the 16th of May, Meghan would be presented with the Women of Vision award  by Gloria Steinem at Manhattan’s Ziegfeld Ballroom which this event happens to be 10 days after the coronation of King Charles III.

DUBBO, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 17:  Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit a local farming family, the Woodleys, on October 17, 2018 in Dubbo, Australia. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on their official 16-day Autumn tour visiting cities in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand
Harry and Megan Markle (Getty)

Meghan had built a friendship with Gloria Steinem, the legendary activist and a founder of the Ms. Foundation for Women. According to Vogue, the rare friendship blossomed during the quarantine lockdown in 2020 when the duchess reached out to the older woman to see if she is interested in joining forces in making thank you calls to voting registration organizers. This year, the two friends will reconnect at the foundation’s 50th-anniversary gala in New York City. "I'm not an expert on the media, but it seems to me that she is different from the picture of her in the media", Steinem said in a sentence, she is smart, funny, and devoted to social situations. 

Teresa C. Younger, President and CEO of the Ms. Foundation expressed her excitement about the award presentation in a sentence, she said:We are thrilled to announce this year’s honorees for the Women of Vision Awards and to celebrate 50 years of progress and power,” “Meghan, LaTosha, Wanda, Kimberly, Olivia, and Rebekah are incredible leaders and we are grateful to be able to shine a light on their many accomplishments and tireless work on behalf of gender and racial equity across the country and the world.”

The Duchess will be honored together with reproductive justice advocates Wanda Irving and Kimberly Inez McGuire, and LaTosha Brown, a political strategist and founder of Black Voters Matter. 16-year-old trans activist Rebekah Bruesehoff will receive the Free to Be You and Me Award, which honors young activists, and Olivia Julianna, an activist with Gen Z for Change who fundraised more than $2 million for abortion funds across the nation after she was insulted by Congressman Matt Gaetz last year, will receive a Marie C. Wilson Emerging Leader Award.

Although after being evicted from the royal property, Prince Harry stopped by the UK last week to attend a hearing in a lawsuit against Associated, the couple has not yet announced if they would be able to attend any of the events over the coronation weekend.