Birthday boy Prince Harry and his wife Meghan have been named on Time’s 100 Most Influential list, which praised the couple’s compassion.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were today named in Time’s list of top 100 most influential people as they appeared in a glitzy cover shoot for the magazine.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were praised in the publication.
“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,” Jose Andres writes in Time.
A snap of the pair, shot by Pari Dukovic, appears on the front of the magazine with Harry wearing all black as he stands behind Meghan, wearing all white.
Two other photos were published by the magazine, with the couple donning matching green outfits in front of a yellow wall.
And in a more candid shot, the parents can be seen walking through a garden holding hands.
The couple join prestigious names who have also graced the magazine’s cover – following the likes of Barack Obama.
Fans were quick to comment on how “awkward” and “photoshopped” the photos appeared to be.
Joining Meghan and Harry on the list of Time’s Most Influential ‘Icons’ this year is tennis star Naomi Osaka as well as singers Britney Spears and Dolly Parton.
Billie Eilish is listed as a ‘pioneer’ on the breakdown of stars, while Olympic gymnast Simone Biles is considered one of the magazine’s most influential ‘titans’.
Previous influential cover stars have included Leonardo DiCaprio, Barack Obama and Nicki Minaj.
There is no mention in Harry and Meghan’s entry of their rift with the Royal Family or the series of bombshell interviews they have given about their lives as royals.
And today Harry’s family appeared to put their differences aside as they marked his 37th birthday.
Wills and Kate tweeted on their Kensington Royal account: “Happy Birthday Prince Harry!”
The Queen also paid tribute to her grandson, saying: “Wishing The Duke of Sussex a happy birthday today!”
His father Prince Charles wished his son a “very Happy Birthday” with some touching pictures of him and a young Harry.
It marks the first display of internet affection between the estranged family members since before Prince Harry left the Royal fold – and offers a glimmer of hope that Harry and Meghan’s daughter Lilibet will soon be able to meet the Queen.
This article originally appeared in The Sun and is republished here with permission