The ceremonial dance has been used at anti-vaccine protests in New Zealand without permission.
The co-leader of New Zealand's Māori Party was unsurprised about Meghan Markle's revelation.
"Thank you, kia ora," the "Jojo Rabbit" director said, dedicating his award to Indigenous children around the world.
"You don’t get to culturally misappropriate it for profit," said an angry member of the Maori Council in a video message.
"The fact that the suggestion was made and that there were elders alongside me who really acknowledged that ― it felt like a significant gesture."
The Māori people stand with Standing Rock Sioux by sending them hakas through Facebook.
Sport has always been a part of Jamal Khalil Atkins' life. The second son of Albert William Atkins and Jeannette Sykes Atkins, Jamal's parents incorporated a philosophy of life that exalted and combined a high respect of body, will and mind.