Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are set to be honored at a charity gala emceed by embattled actor Alec Baldwin in Manhattan on Tuesday night — as the British royal family braces for their explosive Netflix series.
Their visit to New York comes as they are set to drop the premiere of their Netflix series “Harry & Meghan” on Thursday — in which Harry, 38, and Meghan, 41, “will claim they were bullied by the palace,” sources have told Page Six.
The pair are set to attend the Ripple of Hope Award gala at the Hilton starting at 6 p.m.
The event is thrown by the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights organization, which will honor the former royals as “Ripple of Hope” laureates, an honor bestowed on “exemplary leaders across government, business, advocacy, and entertainment who have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to social change and worked to protect and advance equity, justice, and human rights.” Previous recipients have included President Barack Obama.
Harry’s older brother and sister-in-law, Prince William and Kate Middleton, visited Boston last week.
A source with knowledge of Harry and Meghan’s Netflix series has told Page Six that the pair “will discuss how they felt their best interests were not being represented by the palace, and they’ll talk about being victims of the palace media machine.”
But a former adviser to the late Queen Elizabeth and other royals warned the couple about courting further press attention of any kind — and chided Harry for expressing his fears that Meghan might suffer the same fate as his late mother, Princess Diana, who died in a car crash fleeing paparazzi.
“I first met Diana three days before [her] wedding. I knew Diana right up until the time that she died. I worked with her and for her for five years. There are times when she did court the press,” Dickie Arbiter told TalkTV.
“Harry says he doesn’t want happening to Meghan what happened to Diana. Well, a lot of the fault was Diana’s,” he said.
“She went out of her way to talk to [the press] privately,” the former adviser added.
In the trailer for the docuseries, Harry said he was “terrified” by the press coverage of Meghan.
“I didn’t want history to repeat itself,” he said.