Prince Harry is set to honoured as a Living Legend Of Aviation, alongside iconic astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong — in a surprising new accolade for the exiled royal.
On Friday, Sunrise host Matt Doran was shocked by the reports the Los Angeles-based Prince will be honoured at a Beverly Hills ceremony.
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The prince was named alongside Buzz Aldrin, who made three space walks during his career, and Neil Armstrong, who was the first man to walk on the moon.
Sunrise hosts Monique Wright and Matt Doran, who was shocked by Prince Harry being named a Living Legend Of Aviation. Credit: Seven
“You would have never thought Neil, Buzz, Harry!” Matt said, clearly surprised.
Co-host Monique Wright chimed in: “Harry — you know — but congratulations Harry, excellent.”
British journalist and author Omid Scobie broke the award news via X, formerly Twitter.
“Prince Harry is to be inducted into the Living Legends Of Aviation hall of fame, joining other aviators who have made ‘significant contributions in the aerospace industry’, including Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong,” Scobie wrote.
“A ceremony will take place in Beverly Hills, CA on January 19.”
The announcement was officially made on the award’s website, where Harry is listed as a “humanitarian, military veteran, mental wellness advocate, and environmentalist”.
Prince Harry and wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. Credit: Seven
Harry, the Duke of Sussex, actively served in the British Army for 10 years — including two tours of Afghanistan — during which time he piloted an Apache helicopter and worked as a forward air controller.
The father-of-two also founded the Invictus Games Foundation — a charity encouraging injured military personnel to use sport for rehabilitation.
The announcement of the award was received with a mixed reaction on social media.
“What has this individual done to be named a living legend?” one person tweeted.
“Prince Harry has done nothing in aviation that should even allow him to purchase this award,” another person wrote.
Others were more supportive of the recognition.
One person included applause emojis with their post saying: “I present to you the ‘Living Legend of Aviation’ … Prince Harry.”
“Congratulations to Prince Harry. The first anniversary of his record-breaking, best-selling autobiography and inclusion in the Legends of Aviation. Happy in his life, advocating for his causes, and all without taxpayers’ money,” another person said.
Other notable aviators being honoured include Lauren Sanchez, the journalist-turned-pilot girlfriend of billionaire Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.