The Duke and Duchess of Sussex posed together for the cover the newest issue of Time magazine as two of 100 individuals deemed the most influential people of 2021. The pair were honored for their humanitarian work.
On the cover, shot by photographer Pari Dukovic, Meghan poses with Harry standing slightly behind her, with his hand on her shoulder, at their home in Montecito, Calif. The duchess wears a white button-up shirt and matching pleated pants, while the duke sports a long-sleeve black shirt and matching pants.
On the inside of the issue, the couple appear in additional photos, with Meghan wearing a dark-green turtleneck and black pants and Harry is dressed in a dark-green suit with no tie.
Meghan and Harry, who also received Time's most-influential-people title in 2018, were this year hailed for their humanitarian work, namely with their Archewell Foundation. They launched the nonprofit organization in California in 2020 following their controversial royal exit from the U.K. monarchy. Archewell, whose name was inspired by their now-2-year-old son Archie Harrison, has been working with the World Central Kitchen charity group to build four Community Relief Centers.
"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," World Central Kitchen founder and chef José Andrés wrote in Time. "They don't just opine. They run toward the struggle."
Other stars also deemed Time's most influential people include President Joe Biden, Dolly Parton, Kate Winslet, Scarlett Johansson, Lil Nas X, Olympian Simone Biles, Jason Sudeikis and newly engaged, embattled pop star Britney Spears, who is now facing the possibility of renewed independence after her father recently filed a petition to end her 13-year conservatorship.
Britney's old friend Paris Hilton penned the singer's tribute for the magazine, writing, "Yes, we've watched Britney break records and deliver to the world hit after hit. But behind the scenes, she survived more than a decade of trauma and abuse from her conservatorship. In 2021, the battle cries of #FreeBritney roared louder than ever from her global network of devoted fans and a concerned public. Our hearts broke when Britney spoke about her pain."
Paris continued, "Despite the darkness that has surrounded her life, Britney embodies joy and shares the light of her beautiful heart, forever the superstar. So we stand by her and root for her as she turns pain into purpose, her unwavering spirit stronger than ever."