Meghan and Harry are named ‘icons’ in the Time list of 100 most influential people

This year, Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, took part in a gripping interview with Oprah Winfrey and welcomed their second child into the world, all wrapped up in scandals surrounding the royal family they left behind.

Now they can add another big moment to their 2021 diary – because time has called them ‘icons’ in their annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. The couple appeared on one of the multiple covers of the Time 100 issue, others enjoying the magazine’s first page include Simone Biles, Billie Eilish and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala – the first African woman to lead the World Trade Organization.

In the show, José Andrés, a non-profit chef who describes food to those in need after natural disasters, describes Harry and Meghan as “compassion for the people they don’t know”, and they said “don’t just say – they are running towards battle.”

Andrés praised the couple for the way they “take risks to help communities in need,” by offering black women and girls in the United States mental health support, and those affected by natural disasters in India and the Caribbean. “

When the Sussexs gave their interview to Oprah earlier this year, they met with praise from around the world to be open and honest about their struggles with mental health and since then the Prince has made a documentary series on mental well-being and its impact from therapy to his life.

“Jumping into action is not the easy choice for a young duke and duchess who have been blessed by birth and talent, and have been burned by fame,” Andrés also wrote. “It would be much safer to enjoy their happiness and stay calm.”

In addition to the royal couple, other figures who made the timeline this year include tennis star Naomi Osaka – who also sparked a significant conversation around mental health this year as she withdrew from the French Open – the Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny, Britney Spears and Apple CEO Tim Cook.

As usual, the list also includes leaders worldwide who have had a major impact in the last nine months – from US President Joe Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping to Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi and Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban’s senior deputy leader in Afghanistan.

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