Prince Harry and Meghan Markle say they are 'humbled' over being named in Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential people.
The couple were named alongside some of the biggest names in the world, including US gymnast Simone Biles, actor Kate Winslet and singer Billie Eilish.
In a statement posted on their website, Archewell, Harry and Meghan said they were overwhelmed with being recognised as 'icons' by the publication.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex said: "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."
Writing about the couple in the magazine, humanitarian and chef José Andrés said they were examples to us all.
He said: "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.
"That's not what Harry and Meghan do, or who they are. They turn compassion into boots on the ground through their Archewell Foundation.
"They give voice to the voiceless through media production. 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 U.S., 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."
There were several other categories listed by the magazine, such as Pioneer, Titans, Artists and Innovators.
Here are some of the world's most influential people from the 2021 #TIME100 list https://t.co/Pxm1ypOVgM pic.twitter.com/raG6PN6Yol
- TIME (@TIME) September 15, 2021
US President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, as well as China's Xi Jinping and Taliban leader Abdul Ghani Baradar, Britney Spears and Apple CEO Tim Cook were among those who made the cut.
The youngest person included was 18-year-old gymnast Sunisa Lee and the oldest was President Biden at 78.
TIME CEO and editor in chief Edward Felsenthal said in a statement that the people mentioned in the list were helping create a better world.
He said: "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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