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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle ‘picked for TIME 100 list by Duke’s boss’

Harry and Meghan's TIME cover was favouritism says Levin

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been criticised for having no “family values” by a royal expert, who also claimed that the couple were chosen to grace the cover of the TIME100 list through “favouritism”. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have a connection with the owner of the magazine through Prince Harry’s work with the Silicon Valley startup BetterUp, where he is positioned as the Chief Impact Officer. 

Speaking to i24NEWS, royal expert Angela Levin claimed: “From my point of view, to say they’re the most influential people in the world, when you miss out the value of family, both sides, Harry’s especially and Meghan’s, and also you don’t have any family values.

“It’s all about me, me, me, and I can’t see how that can be a positive way to go forward.

“The person who put them up to this is actually the owner of TIME magazine, he is also the CEO of a company Harry works for, helping them out with mental health issues, which is all very good obviously, so it was a favouritism.”

Prince Harry announced in March 2021 that he had taken up a new role at the Californian start-up, BetterUp. 

The Duke of Sussex would have input into things such as product strategy decisions and charitable contributions through his new role at the metal health and coaching business. 

Software company Salesforce, which is owned by Time magazine owner Marc Benioff, is one of the many ventures that fund the company BetterUp. 

Time magazine released their 2021 Top 100 list on September 15, with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex gracing the front cover under the ‘Icons’ category. 

In a photoshoot taken by photographer Pari Dukovic, the couple are seen posing at their Montecito home. 

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The cover is one of seven magazine editions that will be published. Other personalities to be included in later editions include Billie Eilish, Simone Biles and Kate Winslet. 

In a statement through their website Archewell, Prince Harry and Meghan said they were “humbled” to have been chosen in the annual most influential list. 

Jose Andres, the couple’s close friend and the founder of the World Central Kitchen, wrote a tribute to the Sussexes which accompanied the photoshoot. 

He wrote: “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.”

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex had partnered with the World Central Kitchen through their non-profit organisation Archewell, and have funded four community relief centres to be opened in different impoverished areas of the world. 

In a letter to readers, the Editor-in-Chief of Time, Edward Felsenthal said that Prince Harry and Meghan had “catalysed essential conversations on topics from mental health to misinformation”.

Over the last year, the Sussexes have established their organisation Archewell, which is aimed at tackling issues around mental health, climate change and gender equality. 

They have also signed a multi-million-pound deal with streaming giants Netlix and Spotify, which will see them produce a range of “informative” content. 

The couple had announced in January 2020 that they would be stepping down from the Royal Family, and completed their official engagements in March. Since then, they have relocated to North America, where they reside in California with their two children. 

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