We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you’ve consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry famously stepped down from their royal roles in 2020 and have since continued to work with charitable organisations close to their heart, even creating their own “impact-driven non-profit,” The Archewell Foundation. After a tumultuous year for the Duke and Duchess, public praise for the couple has been extensive. Lorraine Kelly spoke about the couple on her show, saying: “Good for them being recognised for the good that they do, because that’s what we want to see rather than them all fighting, the family all fighting, just get on with doing what you want to do.”
In the TIME article, written by chef Jose Andres, said: “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.”
Mr Andres also said the Duke and Duchess of Sussex “run towards the struggle,” before referencing the famous TV interview of Harry while on active duty in Afghanistan.
In the footage, filmed while the Duke was serving in the Middle East, the royal ripped out his microphone off and ran with his fellow soldiers out of their base after hearing a banging sound.
The TIME magazine 100 most influential people list is divided into six categories: Pioneer, Artist, Leader, Icon, Titan, and Innovator.
JUST IN: FMQs LIVE: Sturgeon mocked for making British army plea – ‘so much for indepedendence’
The Sussexes were chosen as part of the “Icon” category, appearing alongside other famous faces, such as Britney Spears, Dolly Parton and Alexei Navalny.
The couple took to the Archewell foundation website to announce that they were “humbled” at the decision to be featured.
They wrote: “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.”
As well as their charity work, the couple also announced last September that they had signed a deal with streaming service Netflix, which is allegedly worth up to £150 million.
Since resigning as senior royals, the couple also announced a podcast deal with Spotify, and later went on to do the ‘bombshell’ interview with Oprah Winfrey.
The couple are now living in Montecito, California, as they embark on their new life away from the royal fold.
The inclusion in the Time 100 list came as the Duke of Sussex celebrated the 37th birthday of Prince Harry.
The Royal Family, including the Queen, sent tributes to the Duke who shared four heartwarming photos of her grandson.
Prince William and Charles’ tensions over Duke’s use of motorbikes: ‘Very reluctant!’
Kate and William’s motives for Windsor move: ‘Deliberate, symbolic act’
Queen backs Kate hours after Duchess’ royal work dwarfed by Meghan and Prince Harry
Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge also wished the Duke of Sussex a happy birthday on their personal Instagram.
Prince Harry was last in the UK in July 2021, when he attended an unveiling ceremony for a statue dedicated to his mother, Princess Diana, at Kensington Palace.
The Duchess of Sussex did not return as she had recently given birth to the couple’s daughter, Lilibet Diana.
See today’s front and back pages, download the newspaper, order back issues and use the historic Daily Express newspaper archive.