Prince Harry stressed the need to tackle institutional racism during a speech he recorded for Wednesday's ceremony for the Diana Awards, a charity for young people set up to honor his late mother.
In the video, the Duke of Sussex said that "institutional racism has no place in our societies, yet it is still endemic. … My wife said recently that our generation and the ones before us haven't done enough to right the wrongs of the past. I, too, am sorry — sorry that we haven't got the world to the place that you deserve it to be." The speech came on what would have been the 59th birthday of Princess Diana, the prince's mother. She died in a Paris car crash in 1997, when Harry was 12.
Harry paid tribute to young people being recognized at the ceremony for their work on race and injustice, saying he saw the "greatest hope" in them amid the division and anger in the world.
Whedon accused of 'abusive' behavior
Actor Ray Fisher said director Joss Whedon's behavior was "abusive" on the set of the 2017 film "Justice League." "Joss Whedon's on-set treatment of the cast and crew of Justice League was gross, abusive, unprofessional, and completely unacceptable," tweeted Fisher, who played the superhero Cyborg. Whedon, who wrote and directed Marvel's "Avengers" films, was brought in during postproduction to replace director Zack Snyder on "Justice League."
Festival Canceled: Jay-Z's annual festival in Philadelphia, Made in America, won't take place Labor Day weekend. The rap mogul's Roc Nation company said, "We are in a pivotal time in this nation's history. Collectively, we are fighting parallel pandemics, COVID-19, systematic racism and police brutality. Now is the time to protect the health of our artists, fans, partners and community as well as focus on our support for organizations and individuals fighting for social justice and equality in our country."
Ruling: A British judge on Thursday rejected an attempt by tabloid newspaper the Sun to quash a libel suit from actor Johnny Depp over an article claiming he abused ex-wife Amber Heard. The judge also rejected an attempt by Depp to force Heard to disclose communications with actor James Franco and Space X founder Elon Musk. The ruling means the two celebrities, who divorced in 2017, and their large legal teams will square off next week at the High Court in London.
Upheld: An Australian court on Thursday rejected a newspaper publisher's appeal against Oscar-winning actor Geoffrey Rush's $2.9 million Australian dollars ($2 million) payout for defamation. Three Federal Court judges ruled that articles published by Sydney's Daily Telegraph newspaper in 2017 conveyed the imputation that Rush was a pervert and that the trial judge had correctly included the actor's loss of earnings in calculating damages. A lawyer for the Australian actor, who turns 69 on July 6, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.