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Petition against Prince Harry’s ESPY Award receives over 30,000 signatures

Petition against Prince Harry’s ESPY Award receives over 30,000 signatures

More than 30,000 people have signed a petition against Prince Harry being given the award in honor of an American war hero. It was recently announced that the Duke of Sussex would be honored at the 2024 ESPY Awards, an ESPN-sponsored ceremony that honors athletes and sports figures.

Petition against ESPY Award to Prince Harry garners over 30,000 signatures (Photo by Kola SULAIMON / AFP)(AFP)

Harry will receive the Pat Tillman Award for his work with the Invictus Games, ESPN announced. The ESPY Award is named after football player Pat Tillman, who gave up his sports career to serve in the military after 9/11. He was later killed in Afghanistan.

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The recent Change.org petition calls on ESPN to “reconsider bestowing the Pat Tillman Award on Prince Harry.” Patti Mickel, who created the petition, wrote that the award should be representative of Tillman’s values ​​and “honor someone who, like Tillman, has shown an unwavering commitment to his team and country.”

Harry was reportedly chosen for the honour because of the way he has tried to use sport to “change the world and make it more inclusive for marginalised and suffering communities.” The petition reads: “Prince Harry, although a former military man, has been involved in controversy which calls into question his suitability to receive an award of this magnitude.”

“He has been accused of endangering his squadron by publicising military kills,” it adds. The petition also says: “More recently, his role in the Invictus Games, a platform meant to celebrate the resilience and dedication of veterans, has been criticised as self-centred.”

By comparison, the petition states: “Pat Tillman exemplified duty, honor, and sacrifice. He gave up his successful NFL career to serve his country after the 9/11 attacks and tragically lost his life in the line of duty. Awarding this honor to someone who does not reflect the intent of the award diminishes its value and is a disrespect to Tillman’s memory.”

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle criticized as ‘divisive and unpopular’

Meanwhile, Nile Gardiner, director of The Heritage Foundation, argues that the controversy surrounding Harry’s latest award “shows just how divided and unpopular Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are.”

“Harry and Meghan’s narcissism doesn’t go down well in the United States and most Americans really love the royal family,” Gardiner told GB News. “And they don’t look kindly on Harry and Meghan essentially trashing the royal family in the United States and that doesn’t go down well.”

“They are very divisive figures, and this award is very, very controversial. There has been a huge backlash in the United States, and it is an illustration of how unpopular Harry and Meghan are on both sides of the Atlantic,” Gardiner added.