Harry and Meghan on the Time 100 Influencer record | World information

(Reuters) – Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife Meghan graced the cover of Time magazine’s annual 100 most influential people on Wednesday.

The list also includes singers Billie Eilish and Britney Spears, and Olympic gymnast Simone Biles.

Harry and Meghan, who gave up royal duties last year and moved to California from the UK, are featured on one of seven worldwide covers that highlight the honorees.

Photo shows the couple, titled Duke and Duchess of Sussex, dressed casually with a backdrop of trees.

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Time Magazine editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal said the 100 list includes “exceptional leaders from around the world working for a better future” who “jumped into the fray in a year of crisis.”

The 100 list, which is not ranked, included 54 women. These included political figures such as US President Joe Biden, US Vice President Kamala Harris and former US President Donald Trump.

Harry and Meghan left the UK in 2020 to build an independent life, set up their Archewell Foundation and land lucrative deals to produce TV shows and podcasts.

Chef Jose Andres, who funded World Kitchen, a nonprofit that works with the Archewell Foundation, wrote in a tribute that it would have been safer for the couple to remain silent.

“That’s not what Harry and Meghan do or who they are … 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. You are running towards the fight, ”Andres wrote.

39-year-old Spears made the list for the first time in a year as she struggled to get rid of a conservatory that had overseen her personal and business affairs for 13 years.

The “Stronger” singer was hailed by reality star Paris Hilton, who wrote that Spears “embodied joy” despite her struggles. “So we stand by her side with words and deeds, while she makes sense out of pain, her unshakable spirit stronger than ever.”

Rapper Megan Thee Stallion, who writes about seven-time Grammy winner Eilish, who also got her own cover, called the 19-year-old musician “a unique soul” who “stands up for herself and stands up for women everywhere”.

The special edition of Time goes on sale on Friday.

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Angus MacSwan)

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