The couple’s awards scheme will be presented under their Archewell foundation and will recognize exceptional individuals, charities, and companies that they feel champion important causes. The awards will focus on particular fields including “charitable service, education, science, literature, racial justice, gender equity, environmental stewardship, youth empowerment, health, and mental health,” according to documents seen by The Sun.
Similarly, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II presents her honors list twice a year, around her birthday and each new year. The Queen’s honors include Damehoods, Knighthoods, Commander of the British Empire (CBE), and Member of the British Empire (MBE), where each of the awards is given to an individual for their outstanding achievements according to specific criteria. One example is Damehoods and Knighthoods that are given to those who have made a “major contribution in any activity”; such as Editor-in-Chief of Vogue US Anna Wintour, who was named as Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire by the Queen in 2017, for her contributions to fashion and journalism.
Since leaving their roles as senior members of the royal family in March this year, Meghan and Harry have poured their efforts into philanthropic causes, launching their charitable organization Archewell named after their young son Archie; therefore it is unsurprising that the couple has taken the steps to honor those who they feel champion their favorite causes. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have taken active roles in shining a light on racial bias, advocating for young girls’ education and gender equality in recent months, where they have been praised for their honest discussions about societal issues.
Most recently the Duchess of Sussex received an outpour of support from across the world when sharing her and Harry’s heartbreak and suffering from a miscarriage over the summer months, which she revealed in a brave open letter to the New York Times titled The Losses We Share.