It was revealed that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are the stars of Time Magazine’s 2021 list of the hundred most important people on the planet.
The glossy photos are accompanied by a gushing profile, branded sycophantic by critics, written by their friends and chef José Andrés, whose charity World Central Kitchen is loved by the Sussexes and supported by their Archewell foundation.
He wrote: ‘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.’
On the cover, Harry is dressed in all black and Meghan is all white on the terrace at their $14.65 million mansion and estate in Montecito, California, as José Andrés said, the couple are blessed through birth and talent, and burned by fame, adding it would be much safer to enjoy their good fortune and stay silent, but that was not what Harry and Meghan do, or who they are.
In another picture, they’re in matching grey office style clothes next to a window in photographs taken by Serbian Pari Dukovic, but one critic, a fellow photographer, tweeted that it was a terrible retouching job.
José Andrés describes the notorious event when Harry was serving in Afghanistan for the British Army when he was forced to run to his Apache helicopter when his airbase came under attack.
He wrote that the same sense of urgency drives Meghan, now the Duchess of Sussex, who has long been an active humanitarian and a strong advocate for women and girls around the globe, and springing into action isn’t the easy option for the young duke and duchess who have been blessed through birth and talent, and burned by popularity.
He said that they turn compassion into boots on the ground through their Archewell Foundation and that they give voice to the voiceless through media production, and that hand in hand with nonprofit partners, they take risks to support communities in poverty, offering mental health support to Black women and girls in the US, and feeding those affected by natural disasters in India and the Caribbean.
And he said that in a world where everyone has an opinion about people they don’t know, the duke and duchess have compassion for the people that they don’t know.
This, of course, should help keep the money rolling in for a little while, considering they just wanted a quiet life.
They look like a pair of waxworks on the front cover – perhaps Meghan will airbrush Harry out later! And Harry looks like a needy child grabbing his mummy from behind.
And what do they do for this accolade? A few nappies here, a soup kitchen there. A zoom call, and the mention of a noble cause here, and I have no problem with them at all if they were true philanthropists, but the Americans appear to love them, and I’m sure I don’t know why.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were also snubbed by the Obamas because the former president and first lady will always go towards William because of the brother’s rift.
Harry and Meghan were not guests at Barack Obama’s glitzy 60th birthday party and it’s been suggested their association with the presidential couple has cooled off, and royal insiders have suggested the Obamas are being wary about appearing familiar with Harry and Meghan due to concerns about public image and out of respect for the Queen.