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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been included in TIME Magazine's list of Most Influential People for 2021.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have had one hell of a year: from their bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey to welcoming a beautiful baby girl.
The couple has been praised for lifting the lid on Buckingham Palace, campaigning for mental health awareness and for continuing their advocacy work during a tricky, post-Covid-19 world.
Their inclusion on TIME Magazine's coveted list was supported with a profile written by José Andrés, who said the couple's has turned 'compassion into boots on the ground' via their Archewell Foundation and giving 'voice to the voiceless through media production'.
"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," writes @chefjoseandres #TIME100 https://t.co/2Cg39BKj1B pic.twitter.com/FhFmAW9UH1- TIME (@TIME) September 15, 2021
He added: "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.
"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.
"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."
TIME's list included others from around the world and across the cultural and political spectrum.
US President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris were included in the shoutout, as well as China's Xi Jinping and Taliban leader Abdul Ghani Baradar, Britney Spears, Billie Eilish, US gymnast Simone Biles and Apple CEO Tim Cook.
In total, the list features 10 climate leaders, dozens of advocates, political leaders, 54 women.
The youngest person included is 18-year-old gymnast Sunisa Lee and the oldest is 78-year-old President Joe Biden.
TIME CEO and editor in chief Edward Felsenthal said in a statement: "At TIME, we see the TIME100 as far more than a list. It is a community of leaders whose energy and commitment we hope inspires others to spring into action as well.
"I find reason for optimism...in our 18th annual TIME100 list of the world's most influential people.
"It features extraordinary leaders from around the world working to build a better future, from entertainers striving to make Hollywood more inclusive to activists fighting for sustainability and human rights.
"They are disrupters, fixers, doers, iconoclasts, problem solvers-people who in a year of crisis have leaped into the fray."
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