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Prince Harry, Meghan Markle ‘trying to buy the public’s respect’ with awards after ESPYS nod: expert
claimed she was never consulted about the decision.Royal expert Kinsey Schofield slammed the Sussexes for their obsession with “collecting trophies,” claiming that the public “sees through” ESPN’s decision to honor Harry with the award.“I see Prince Harry and Meghan Markle accepting more trophies for awards that I don’t understand what they’re for,” she told TalkTV.“I guess they’re trying to buy the public’s respect, they’re trying to buy good PR through networking and creating these opportunities to collect trophies for their mantle, but I think the public sees through these individuals.”ESPN has since defended its decision to honor the father of two, who served the British military for 10 years, including two tours in Afghanistan as a helicopter pilot.“ESPN, with the support of the Tillman Foundation, is honoring Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, specifically for the work of The Invictus Games Foundation as it celebrates its 10th year promoting healing through the power of sport for military service members and veterans around the world,” ESPN told The Post in a statement.“While we understand not everyone will agree with all honorees selected for any award, The Invictus Games Foundation does incredible work and ESPN believes this is a cause worth celebrating.”Schofield also took aim at the “Suits” alum for accepting awards for her now-defunct podcast “Archetypes” — which was axed by Spotify after just 12 episodes.“How many awards did Meghan accept for her podcast that was canceled and slammed by her own network,” she told the outlet.
Prince Harry, Meghan Markle are likely ‘drowning out the outside noise’ amid ESPYs backlash: They’re ‘very used to criticism’
the recent blowback from Harry’s ESPY Award nod proved to be no different.Harry, 39, was named the recipient of the Pat Tillman Award for Service at the 2024 ESPYs, and is set to be honored at Thursday’s star-studded ceremony hosted by Markle’s pal, Serena Williams.However, the announcement didn’t sit right with many, including the late hero’s mom, Mary Tillman, who slammed ESPN and claimed she was never consulted about the decision.As the backlash continued to plague the Duke’s military recognition, former royal butler Grant Harrold says that the duo aren’t experiencing anything they haven’t already.The Sussexes are “very used to the criticism, given everything that’s gone on over the last few years,” Harrold, who worked for King Charles for seven years, exclusively told The Post.“I’m sure they’ll be drowning out the outside noise by continuing with their normal and everyday life and trying not to turn on the television, or read the papers as much.”“They’re being talked about constantly, given their profiles,” he continued. “From what I remember, Harry was always an extremely private person, so I’m not sure how he’ll feel about that, but I can imagine his way of coping with the attention is to carry on as normal,” he added on behalf of Fruity Slots.Earlier this week, Harrold suggested that the father of two is “feeling quite sad” about the negative response to him being named as the award’s recipient.What’s more, the former royal staffer said it’s possible the Duke could decline the prestigious award.“He’d never want to cause any upset,” Harrold said.