Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were featured on the cover of Time magazine after being named to the publication’s list of the 100 Most Influential People. The two posed together, but their “strange” appearances drew criticism on social media.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex appeared on the cover of the magazine on Wednesday with strangely radiant flawless skin, scary bright eyes, and suspiciously thicker hair in Harry’s case.
Harry, who turned 37 on Wednesday, stood behind Meghan with a hand on her shoulder, dressed in all black. The 40-year-old former actress wore a white pantsuit with gold jewellery.
Many people took to Twitter to voice their opinions about the alleged photo retouching techniques.
Some speculated that the magazine had messed up Harry’s infamously receding hairline. “Is Harry wearing a rug? Or just overdone the air brushing?” one user enquired. Another thought Prince Harry and Meghan Markle appeared like an animated Disney film royals in the Time Magazine cover, prompting the comment, “Terrible retouching job. They look CGI.”
Their body language and blank looks were also judged by Twitter users.
“What a strange photo… it’s made to look like Harry is the same height as Meghan … is he bending over?” wrote one user. “This looks like Harry is her hairdresser and he’s looking into the mirror explaining what he did to her layers,” quipped another.
Yet another criticised, “Time should’ve chilled out a bit with the photoshop. They don’t look real or like they posed together.”
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle posed for Pari Dukovic for the first time for a magazine cover shoot.
This year, the “Icons” category honours the couple, with chef, humanitarian, and founder of the World Central Kitchen José Andrés writing about their impact on the publication.
“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,” Andrés writes. “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.”
He continued, “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.”
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, who stepped down from their royal duties in early 2020, topped Time magazine’s “Icons” category list, which also included pop star Britney Spears, country music icon Dolly Parton, tennis pro Naomi Osaka, and Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.