Duke and Duchess of Sussex received honorary NAACP Image Awards.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry appeared in public together for the first time this year. The couple became guests of honor at the NAACP Image Awards ceremony. This evening, the couple was awarded the prestigious NAACP Image Presidential Award, which celebrates special achievements, in particular, for the activities of their Archewell charitable foundation and an active public position. Over the years, Muhammad Ali, Jesse Jackson, Colin Powell, LeBron James, Rihanna, Jay-Z and Lauryn Hill, as well as the 42nd President of the United States Bill Clinton, tennis players Venus and Serena Williams have become laureates of this prestigious award for special achievements and outstanding public service.

For the award, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex went out in the outfit of black designers. Harry was dressed in a classic black Ozwald Boateng suit, and Meghan wore a blue two-tone Christopher John Rogers dress with a spectacular slit on the leg. And the audience was supported by Megan’s mom Doria Redline.

From the stage, Harry thanked for the honor and expressed gratitude to all those who supported him and Meghan when they left the royal family

“I think it’s safe to say that my background is completely different from that of my incredible wife. And yet our lives were brought together for some reason. We share a commitment to service, a responsibility to fight injustice, and a belief that much of what is so often overlooked is the most important thing to listen to,” Harry said.

Then Megan took the floor. In her speech, she noted that she was very proud of all the charity work that she and Harry do together.

“I am very proud that we are doing this work together. We moved to California, my home state, shortly before the murder of George Floyd. And for black America, those nine minutes and 29 seconds turned back time, triggering centuries of our unhealed wounds. In the following months, when my husband and I communicated with the civil rights community, we dedicated ourselves and our organization Archewell to those who promote racial justice and progress,” Megan summed up.

Earlier, Harry and Meghan announced that they are collaborating with the NAACP to create the NAACP-Archewell Award for Digital Civil Rights, which will be “awarded annually to leaders who create transformational change at the intersection of social justice and technology.” The first award was presented last night to Dr. Safiya Noble, who is the co-founder of the Center for Critical Internet Research at the University of California, Los Angeles.