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Memes to messages: How the Internet reacted to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s ‘TIME’ cover

By SAAB LARIOSA Published Sep 16, 2021 8:39 pm

Since their whirlwind withdrawal from the British Royal Family in January 2020, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been in the heat of public scrutinity.

Though they've mostly kept to themselves and went on to live as regular civilians (with the occasional, explosive Oprah sitdown here and there), the couple has indeed shown the world that love—and consistent interest—can conquer anything.

That's why it comes to no surprise that TIME has chosen the two to be on their 2021 list of 100 Most Influential People. Serving as their first magazine cover together, the power couple once again subverted expectations by having Meghan at the forefront, and Harry subtly holding onto his Hollywood wife from behind.

For their feature, TIME gives the spotlight on the advocacies they've upheld amid the pandemic: "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."

Like with most of the things that the pair has done, it's since spurred both criticism and praise from all sides. But it has also brought up a number of references from the Internet as well. Here's how the Internet reacted to Harry and Meghan's TIME cover:

With reports that the British taboid is biased against Meghan, some can't help but point out the contrast between the TIME cover.

Meanwhile, others have pointed out that Meghan's power stance is a sign of her breaking traditions and refusing to "stay in her lane."

It isn't all praises though, as some have pointed out how their poses depict a sort of stylist-client relationship.

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Plus points for anyone who gets this reference:

Meanwhile, the couple shares the list with fellow innovators such as Billie Eilish, Simone Biles, Naomi Osaka, Elon Musk, and more. Read TIME's full list here.

Banner photo from TIME