Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are set to receive a prestigious award tonight, with experts expecting the win to be controversial.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will receive the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights award for their "heroic" stand against "racism" in the Royal Family – a win royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams labelled "farcical".
Fitzwilliams told the Daily Star: "The Ripple of Hope Awards have previously been won by Barack Obama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
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"It is farcical that the Sussexes should be in such company but it will undoubtedly assist the appeal of their brand and 'their truth'."
Fitzwilliams also warned Harry and Meghan's acceptance speeches could cause backlash.
"Their acceptance speeches may be controversial," he added.
The couple will accept the award at the Ripple of Hope Awards Gala tonight amid a swathe of controversies.
The ceremony comes following a race row in Buckingham Palace last week which saw Prince William's godmother, Lady Susan Hussey, apologise for "unacceptable" comments made to charity boss Ngozi Fulani.
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Ms Fulani said she felt "trapped" after the late Queen's lady-in-waiting, 83, allegedly repeatedly asked where she was from.
Despite the charity worker repeatedly asserting that she was British, the royal aide is accused of saying: "I can see I am going to have a challenge getting you to say where you're from."
Some royal commentators and fans are expecting the pair to mention the controversial incident in their speech tonight, with controversy likely to follow and royal feathers set to be ruffled.
The award also comes during a busy week for the Sussexes as their long-awaited Netflix documentary is finally due to be released on Thursday (December 8).
And a trailer for the six-part series released on Monday (December 5) saw Harry accuse his royal relatives of a "dirty game".
"There's a hierarchy of the family. You know, there's leaking, but there's also planting of stories," Harry narrated over clips of the series.
"There was a war against Meghan to suit other people's agendas," added a commentator who is set to appear in the documentary. While another added: "It's about hatred. It's about race."
The new trailer also seems to draw comparisons between Meghan and Harry's late mother Princess Diana who was killed in a car crash in Paris 25 years ago.
"The pain and suffering of women marrying into this institution, this feeding frenzy – I realised 'they're never gonna protect you,'" Harry said as the trailer panned to clips of his late mother.
"I was terrified. I didn't want history to repeat itself."
The trailer ends with the Prince declaring: "No one knows the full truth. We know the full truth."
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