Harry and Meghan ‘humbled’ as they make TIME’s Most Influential List

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been named in TIME magazine’s list of 100 most influential people.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex celebrated this milestone by posing for new photos outside their £11 million mansion in California.

One snap shows the couple against the backdrop of trees, with Meghan dressed in all white and Harry contrasting in all black.

And another picture shows the pair posing next to a window frame, with Harry wearing a suit and Meghan in a green roll neck jumper and grey trousers, while a third shows them walking in the grounds of their home.

The magazine praised Harry and Meghan for having “compassion for the people they don’t know”, adding: “They don’t just opine. They run towards the struggle.”

Harry and Meghan, who say they are “humbled” to be on the list, appear in the new issue of the magazine alongside a short profile of them by chef José Andrés.

José is a founder of the World Central Kitchen, one of the charities the Sussexes’ Archewell Foundation has been supporting.

Meghan and Harry’s new image for TIME magazine

He tells TIME : “Springing into action is not the easy choice for a young duke and duchess who have been blessed through birth and talent, and burned by fame. It would be much safer to enjoy their good fortune and stay silent.

“That’s not what Harry and Meghan do, or who they are. They turn compassion into boots on the ground through their Archewell Foundation. They give voice to the voiceless through media production.

The images of Harry and Meghan were taken at their home in California
The images of Harry and Meghan were taken at their home in California

“Hand in hand with nonprofit partners, they take risks to help communities in need—offering mental-health support to Black women and girls in the U.S., and feeding those affected by natural disasters in India and the Caribbean.”

As well as being part of the list, Harry and Meghan have also written a piece for the publication praising Director-General of the World Trade Organisation, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, who is also named one of the 100 most influential people of 2021.

Harry and Meghan 'humbled' as they make TIME's Most Influential List

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A statement on their Archewell website says: “Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, are not only humbled to be part of this year’s TIME 100 through the words of friend and partner José Andres, but to also write in praise of Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala for the publication’s annual list of Most Influential People.

“Since becoming the Director-General of the World Trade Organization in March, Okonjo-Iweala has astutely been hailed for the groundbreaking nature of her appointment to the role; the first woman and the first African to assume the position.

Meghan and Harry say they were humbled to be included on the list
Meghan and Harry say they were humbled to be included on the list

“What further sets her apart, and makes her leadership all the more trailblazing, is her ability to see the Covid-19 pandemic as a crisis with significant implications for both health and economic security.

“To tackle it, she has encouraged governments, trade organisations, and individuals to think of vaccine distribution and equity as inextricable from economic recovery.

“The Duke and Duchess are honoured to be Ngozi’s partner in pursuing that goal [vaccine equity] and are proud to be listed alongside her on this year’s TIME 100.”

This isn’t the first time that Harry and Meghan have made the 100 most influential people list in the publication.

They also were part of it last year, and used a video clip to speak out about the US Election.

Meghan said: “We’re six weeks out from the election, and today is Voter Registration Day. Every four years, we’re told, ‘This is the most important election of our lifetime’. But this one is.

“When we vote, our values are put into action, and our voices are heard.”

The clip sparked a heated debate as royals normal avoid speaking out about politics.

Meanwhile, in 2018, Meghan herself made the list, just after her royal wedding to Harry, and her friend Priyanka Chopra penned a moving tribute.

Meghan and Harry made last year's influential people list by TIME too
Meghan and Harry made last year’s influential people list by TIME too

She wrote: “Somewhere among biryani, poutine and endless conversations, I realised just how deeply Meghan Markle cares for the world. With her, what you see is real, and what you get is a relatable young woman with her heart and mind in the right place.

“Her compassion, evident in the causes she supports, and her drive to break down stereotypes—obvious in her actions—will connect her to a generation in much need of kindness.

“This ever-smiling, strong free spirit found her prince, fell in love and in turn made a cynical world believe in fairy tales again. But more than anything else, Meghan is an important influencer in a world that needs strong public figures to respect and look up to.

“People the world can be inspired by. Meghan, standing shoulder to shoulder with Harry, will be a princess for the people.

“Love always, my friend. Live happily ever after.”

The announcement that the Sussexes are part of TIME’s list comes as Harry celebrates his 37th birthday today.

The Queen and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have led birthday wishes for him.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Meghan and Harry, who celebrates his 37th birthday today

The Queen said through her official Twitter account: “Wishing The Duke of Sussex a happy birthday today!”

Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton followed suit as they tweeted a picture of a beaming Harry with the caption: “Happy Birthday Prince Harry!”

Prince Charles and Camilla also took to the social media platform to say: “Wishing The Duke of Sussex a very Happy Birthday today!”

It was accompanied by three touching pictures of the Prince of Wales with his youngest son over different stages of his life.

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