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Meghan Markle for the win: Five awards Duchess collected after quitting royal life

Meghan Markle will be presented with the Women’s Women of Vision Award this week for her “global advocacy to empower and advocate on behalf of women and girls.”

Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex is to add yet another award to the collection of prizes she has secured since stepping down as a working royal.

The Duchess will be awarded the Ms Foundation for Women’s Women of Vision Award on Tuesday, with journalist and social activist Gloria Steinem presenting the royal with the prize.

Meghan will be honoured for her long-established work in advocating for the education and empowerment of girls.

A profile of the Duchess on the organisation’s webpage pays tribute to Meghan as a “feminist, champion of human rights and gender equity and global role model.”

But since she shed her royal mantle in 2020, she has raked up a series of special awards for her work and advocacy efforts.meghan markle women of vision gloria steinem

Meghan will receive the Women of Vision Award from Gloria Steinem (Image: GETTY)

48th Annual Gracie Awards

Earlier this year, the Duchess was awarded the Top Entertainment Podcast Host prize at the Gracie Awards for her work on Archetypes.

Meghan launched the podcast series last year, hosting leading female figures from across the sport, entertainment and business world to discuss “the labels that try to hold women back.”

The award was set up by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation and celebrates programming for women, about women and created by women.

The Duchess thanked the Foundation for the prize praising her production team for her hard work with a rare personal message on the Archewell website.

She said: “Thank you to the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation for this prestigious honour.

“This is a shared success for me and the team behind Archetypes – most of whom are women – and the inspiring guests who joined me each week.”

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Meghan launched the Archetype podcast in August 2022 (Image: SPOTIFY)

2022 Ripple of Hope Award

Meghan and Prince Harry received the award from Robert F Kennedy Human Rights Organisation for their “unwavering commitment to social change and worked to protect and advance equity, justice and human rights”.

The pair appeared together to collect their prize in New York in November and announced a new collaboration between Archewell and the organisation to create the Archewell Foundation Award for Gender Equity in Student Film.

The Duke and Duchess said: “Our hope with this award is to inspire a new generation of leadership in the arts, where diverse up-and-coming talent have a platform to have their voices heard and their stories told,” the couple said in a statement.

“The values of RFK Foundation and the Archewell Foundation are aligned in our shared belief of courage over fear and love over hate. Together we know that a ripple of hope can turn into a wave of change.”

Organisation president Kerry Kennedy also controversially claimed the award was in recognition of Harry and Meghan’s work in exposing “structural racism” within the Royal Family.

Kennedy said: “They went to the oldest institution in UK history and told them what they were doing wrong, that they couldn’t have structural racism within the institution; that they could not maintain a misunderstanding about mental health.”

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Meghan and Harry said they wanted to inspire a new generation of artists (Image: GETTY)

2022 NAACP’s President’s Award

In another joint recognition of their advocacy work, Meghan and Harry were awarded for their work on causes related to social justice and equity.

The award is presented every year in recognition of distinguished public service or a special achievement.

Past winners include LeBron James, Rhianna, John Legend, Bill Clinton, Condoleeza Rice and the Rev Jesse Jackson.

NAACP president Derrick Jackson said the Duke and Duchess had “heeded the call to social justice and have joined the struggle for equity both in the US and around the world.”

The organisation cited their efforts to promote vaccine equity during the coronavirus pandemic as well as their support for a woman’s shelter in Texas as the reason for the award.

Accepting the prize, the Duke and Duchess said: “It’s a true honour to be recognized by 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.”

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Meghan and Harry advocated for vaccine equity during the pandemic (Image: GETTY)

2021 Change Champions Award

Meghan and Harry kicked off their new life in the United States with an award marking their decision to only have two children.

The British-based charity Population Matters hailed the Duke and Duchess as “role models” for leading the way towards a more sustainable population.

Harry said following the birth of the couple’s son Prince Archie Harrison in 2019 that they had made the environmental decision to only have two children.

Population Matters branded the couple as “enlightened” and said they would receive a $695 prize to donate to a charity of their choice.

A spokesperson for the group said the prize recognised the “unusual set of circumstances” Harry and Meghan were in as a “couple with such a high public profile speaking about this.”

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