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Prince Harry returns to New York to present brave awards to veterans

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Prince Harry will return to New York City in weeks to present awards to military veterans, it was revealed today — just hours after he and Meghan returned to California after a highly controversial multi-day trip to the Big Apple.

According to a press release issued Monday by the Intrepid Museum, Harry, 37, will serve as guest of honor at the Salute to Freedom Gala 2021 on Nov. 10 — where he will present “the inaugural Intrepid Valor Awards to five service members, veterans and military families who living with the invisible wounds of war’.

The awards are designed to “honor the courage and perseverance shown in the face of great danger and personal struggle” – and the event also aims to raise awareness about the importance of mental health within the military.

“We are incredibly proud to present the inaugural Intrepid Valor Awards to five incredible individuals who have failed in their duty and endured extraordinary circumstances,” said Susan Marenoff-Zausner, president of the Intrepid Museum, in a statement.

“It is a core principle of our institution to be there for our military and veterans, who are always there for all of us.”

The statement continued: “We are so grateful to Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex, for honoring and amplifying the stories of these heroes and for helping raise awareness of mental health support for our men and women in uniform.”

Back in the Big Apple: Prince Harry returns to New York City on Nov. 10 to present bravery awards to veterans and military families at the Intrepid Museum Salute to Freedom Gala

Angry: The news comes hours after Harry, 37, and Meghan, 40, sparked outrage by flying a private jet home from New York to California - despite claiming to be 'eco-warriors'

Angry: The news comes hours after Harry, 37, and Meghan, 40, sparked outrage by flying a private jet home from New York to California – despite claiming to be ‘eco-warriors’

The news comes amid continued criticism of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex over their awakened three-day trip to the Big Apple last week, from which they returned via a gas-guzzling private jet – a move that was quickly labeled hypocritical given highly outspoken views on climate change.

Harry and Meghan, 40, were pictured hugging relatives and friends as they returned to Santa Barbara before being reunited with their children, Archie and Lilibet, who were not joining them on their whirlwind tour of the city.

Both had big smiles on their faces as they greeted the group of people who had gathered to welcome them home from their trip – despite coming under furious fire for their over-the-top trip to New York.

While living in Manhattan, the couple took up residence at the luxurious Carlyle Hotel on the Upper East Side, where first-class rooms cost up to $8,800 per night.

The pair took part in a series of dignified pow-wows for three days, starting their journey with a visit to the World Trade Center, followed by a visit to the United Nations, where they met with the US Ambassador to the UN, Linda Thomas- Greenfield for what they describe as “an important discussion on COVID-19, racial justice and mental health.”

Schedule: The Intrepid Museum announced Harry's involvement in the gala via a press release issued Monday afternoon

Schedule: The Intrepid Museum announced Harry’s involvement in the gala via a press release issued Monday afternoon

Their visit also included a meeting with Chelsea Clinton, part of a conversation that, again according to the couple themselves, included “some of the most prominent leaders in public health, pandemic preparedness, scientific advancement and community building.”

Posting on their Archewell Foundation’s official Instagram account, they claimed they were “so encouraged by the spirit of collaboration we heard during our conversation,” saying they were “eager to do their part.”

In an effort to ‘do their part’, on day two of their trip, they also visited the PS 123 Mahalia Jackson School in Harlem — with Meghan donning an outfit that cost $7,520 and about $387,000 in jewelry to meet children at the school where 94 percent of students are eligible for free meals.

While no expense was spared on Meghan’s outfit for the visit — which was intended to promote early literacy — data from the NYC Department of Education shows that an estimated 95 percent of public school students fall on the Economic Needs Index. .

The index means they are facing economic hardship, based on temporary housing, eligibility for public assistance and the poverty rates of the census.

During the school visit, Meghan read to young students from her own children’s book, The Bench, after leaving the couple’s luxury Manhattan hotel in a fleet of gas-guzzling SUVs.

The Duchess’ choice of ensembles also sparked a lot of speculation on social media — where users were baffled by her decision to consistently don thick coats, despite the city’s very balmy 80F temperatures.

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