Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have landed a coveted spot on Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People list this year.
The cover of the issue shows Harry, who turned 37 Wednesday, wearing all-black as he leans on Markle, 40, who is dressed in white. Both royals stare into the camera with serious expressions as they pose in front of a woodsy scene.
“They turn compassion into boots on the ground through their Archewell Foundation. They give voice to the voiceless through media production,” chef José Andrés wrote in a short essay about the pair. “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 US and feeding those affected by natural disasters in India and the Caribbean.”
Andrés, who partnered with the couple in December 2020 to build community centers with World Central Kitchen, concluded, “In a world where everyone has an opinion about people they don’t know, the duke and duchess have compassion for the people they don’t know. They don’t just opine. They run toward the struggle.”
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex topped the “Icons” section of the list, which also includes Britney Spears, Naomi Osaka, Alexei Navalny and Dolly Parton.
Simone Biles, Tim Cook, Shonda Rhimes, Tom Brady, Timbaland and Swizz Beatz are included in the “Titans” section, while Kate Winslet, Bad Bunny, Lil Nas X, Scarlett Johansson and Jason Sudeikis made the “Artists” list. Billie Elish topped the list of “Pioneers” alongside Sunisa Lee, Ben Crump, Aurora James.
The “Leaders” section sees the likes of Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Xi Jinping, Donald Trump and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, and “Innovators” include Jensen Huang, Elon Musk and “Red Table Talk” stars Adrienne Banfield Norris, Willow Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith.
Reps for Harry and Markle did not immediately respond to our request for comment.