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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Preparing for big event after controversial honor

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are gearing up for a memorable week of celebrations with their children. The couple, who stepped away from royal duties in 2020 and moved to the United States, now reside in Montecito with their five-year-old son, Archie, and three-year-old daughter, Lilibet. Like countless families across the country, they will be observing Independence Day together on July 4th.

In 2023, the Sussexes enjoyed watching the annual parade in their hometown. Photographs captured Harry in casual attire—jeans, a green crew shirt, and a baseball cap—carrying his daughter Lilibet, who wore a blue paisley-print dress, white knee-high socks, and red shoes. Shortly after, Meghan and Archie joined Harry and Lilibet, mingling with local residents to watch the procession of floats and vintage cars.

Harry wrote: “This time I was already there – waiting. Smiling. Proud of myself. [Meghan] walked in, wearing a pretty blue sundress with white pinstripes. She was aglow. I stood and said: ‘I bear gifts.’ A pink box. I held it forward. She shook it. ‘What’s this?’ ‘No, no, don’t shake it!’ We both laughed.

“She opened the box. Cupcakes. Red, white, and blue cupcakes, to be exact. In honor of Independence Day. I said something about the Brits having a very different view of Independence Day from the Yanks, but, oh, well. She said they looked amazing.”

“There are individuals working in the veteran community that are doing tremendous things to assist veterans. These individuals do not have the money, resources, connections, or privilege that Prince Harry has. I feel that those types of individuals should be recognized.”

Independence Day holds special significance for Harry, as one of his early dates with Meghan took place on July 4th, 2016. The Duke shared details of this encounter in his memoir, Spare, released in January 2023. This festive preparation comes after a challenging week for Harry, who is facing significant backlash in the States after being named the upcoming recipient of the Pat Tillman Award. The honor is given to someone who has used their connection to the sports world to positively impact the lives of others. Harry is set to receive it for his work with The Invictus Games Foundation.

However, a petition has been set up calling for ESPN to “rethink” their decision, which has so far garnered more than 51,000 signatures. Pat Tillman’s own mother has also expressed her disappointment with the decision, telling the Daily Mail: “I am shocked as to why they would select such a controversial and divisive individual to receive the award. There are recipients that are far more fitting.”

Despite the controversy, Harry and Meghan are focusing on their family and the upcoming celebrations. The couple’s dedication to their children and their new life in the United States remains a central theme of their public and private lives.

As they join millions of Americans in celebrating Independence Day, the Sussexes are likely to reflect on their journey and the significance of this holiday in their personal history. Harry’s early memories of celebrating the Fourth of July with Meghan add a layer of sentiment to the festivities, marking a continued blending of their British and American experiences.

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