Harry and Meghan were met with a flurry of questions when they arrived at an awards ceremony in New York – hours before their new documentary is released on Netflix.
The duke was asked if he put money before family when the couple graced the red carpet – but there was no direct answer.
“So many questions,” Harry was heard to say as they were ushered into the gala hosted by the Robert F Kennedy Human Rights (RFKHR) organization.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were honored with a Ripple of Hope Award in recognition of their work on racial justice and mental health.
A clip of Harry was provided by organizers in which Harry joked, in an on-stage Q&A, about how he was thinking Megan took him on a “date night”.
Harry said on stage with RFKHR President Kerry Kennedy: “I’ll be honest with you, Kerry. I just thought we’d just have a date night, so I thought it was kind of weird that we’re sharing the room with 1,500 people.
“We don’t go out much these days because our kids are so small and young, so this is totally unexpected.”
Meghan added: “Thank you for taking me on this very special date night.”
While no one expected them to completely beat the royals on this forum, it is conceivable that racism as an issue has been discussed – and publicly aired – on grounds of relevance and importance.
But there is currency in what Harry and Meghan have to say on the subject and that is earned elsewhere.
This media-savvy couple has an investment to protect.
They will be pleased that an internationally respected organization like the RFK Human Rights, populated by opinion leaders, has rewarded their efforts to change the narrative of racism.
By doing so, it validates their victim story and can only reinforce the idea that there are problems within the royal family – the issue raised by Meghan in a TV interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Here in the United Statesthe media generally buys into the fairy tale of the royal family and coverage has rightly been demure and sympathetic.
That changes with hard news and the reporting around Harry and Meghan is harsh and analytical.
As an institution, the Royal House is limited in the extent to which it can respond to rebuttal. Unlike Harry and Meghan who have the freedom to swing the wrecking ball.
How far… we’re going to find out.