According to CBS News, the couple was honored for their human rights work alongside other honorees, including Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
“They’ve stood up, they’ve talked about racial justice, and they’ve talked about mental illness in a way that was incredibly brave,” Kerry Kennedy, president of the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Foundation, said.
During the event, an announcement was made revealing the launch of a student film award for projects about women human rights defenders. The award is a collaboration between the couple’s Archewell Foundation and the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Foundation.
“For Meghan to get out there on national television and normalize discussion of mental health, at this point, is incredibly important and very brave,” Kennedy said at the gala, according to the outlet.
“TOGETHER WE KNOW THAT A RIPPLE OF HOPE CAN TURN INTO A WAVE OF CHANGE,” THE SUSSEXES SAID IN A STATEMENT ANNOUNCING THE FILM PROJECT.
“THE PAIN AND SUFFERING OF WOMEN MARRYING INTO THIS INSTITUTION, THIS FEEDING FRENZY,” HE CONTINUED.
The couple voiced their experiences in an interview with Oprah Winfrey, which included racism from a British royal family member and the lack of support they received from the family.