Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are devising one sick scheme to save their public image

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle thought they would be adored by the public after their marriage. 

Now they’re realizing their childish antics ruined their reputation.

And Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are devising one sick scheme to save their image. 

Prince Harry under fire for ESPN award

Prince Harry found himself in the middle of another controversy when ESPN announced that he was going to be given the Pat Tillman Award for Service at the 2024 ESPY Awards.

Tillman was a former safety for the Arizona Cardinals but left the NFL behind – not to mention millions of dollars – to join the Army Rangers after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, only to lose his life in Afghanistan.

Put simply, Pat Tillman is the definition of an American hero.

The award named in his honor is supposed to be given to someone with a connection to the sports world who honors his legacy of service to others.

Prince Harry is being given the award for his service in the British armed forces and his work with the Invictus Games he co-founded, an Olympics-style competition for wounded veterans. 

That move sparked outrage, especially from Tillman’s mother, who said she was never consulted about the decision.

“I am shocked as to why they would select such a controversial and divisive individual to receive the award,” Mary Tillman told The Daily Mail. “There are recipients that are far more fitting. There are individuals working in the veteran community that are doing tremendous things to assist veterans.”

The ESPY Award could be part of a public relations strategy to earn Harry and Meghan some goodwill.

Harry and Meghan want to buy their way to a better public image

According to Kinsey Schofield, a Los Angeles-based commentator on the British royal family, Prince Harry’s ESPY Award is part of a larger plan he and his wife have concocted to “buy the public’s respect.”

But it’s a plan that doesn’t seem to be working.

“I see Prince Harry and Meghan Markle accepting more trophies for awards that I don’t understand what they’re for,” Schofield said. “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 was forced to issue a statement defending its decision to give the Pat Tillman Award to Harry after public backlash, even from the network’s own employees.

“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 New York 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 said that this was similar to the unearned acclaim that Meghan got for her canceled podcast Archetypes, which failed after 12 episodes.

Archetypes was panned by critics but earned the People’s Choice Award for The Pop Podcast of 2022.

“How many awards did Meghan accept for her podcast that was canceled and slammed by her own network,” Schofield explained. “This is all a game to them.”

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are going to discover that they can’t buy their way to respectability.