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Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan 'stand with the people of Ukraine'

Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle speak at the 2021 Global Citizen Live concert at Central Park in New York, U.S., September 25, 2021. Picture taken September 25, 2021. Picture: Reuters/Caitlin Ochs

Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle speak at the 2021 Global Citizen Live concert at Central Park in New York, U.S., September 25, 2021. Picture taken September 25, 2021. Picture: Reuters/Caitlin Ochs

Published Feb 25, 2022

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Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex have sent their support to the people of Ukraine.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex - who stepped down as senior members of the British royal family in 2020 and live in the US - have said they "stand with the people of the Ukraine" and condemned Russian President Vladimir Putin after he launched a full-scale attack on the country in Europe on Thursday.

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A spokesperson for the couple shared the following statement on their Archewell website: “Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and all of us at Archewell stand with the people of Ukraine against this breach of international and humanitarian law and encourage the global community and its leaders to do the same."

Queen Elizabeth and the royal family are expected to main "neutral" on political matters.

Harry, 37, was deployed to Afghanistan twice during his 10-year service in the British Army.

The prince founded the Invictus Games in 2014 with the goal of "harnessing the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for those who serve their country."

Meanwhile, the pair's statement on the conflict in Ukraine comes as it was announced the couple will be the recipient of the President's Award at the upcoming National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) awards ceremony.

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In a statement, they said: "It's a true honour to be recognised by President 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."

The association explained that the royal couple were receiving the honour for "heeding the call to social justice" around the world.

Derrick Johnson, President and CEO of the NAACP, said: "We're thrilled to present this award to Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who together have heeded the call to social justice and have joined the struggle for equity both in the US and around the world.

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“Not only do they continue to lead by example, The Duke and Duchess have also decided to inspire the next generation of activists through the NAACP-Archewell Digital Civil Rights Award, ensuring the support and recognition of generations of civil rights leaders to come."

The 53rd NAACP Image Awards air on Saturday.

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