The Duke and Duchess of Sussex posed together for their first magazine cover shoot, styled by Hollywood’s best to celebrate them as “equal partners”.
The Duke and Duchess, who appear in two photographs released Wednesday, are named on the annual Time 100 list, as “icons”.
They’ve each been included on the list before, along with other royals, but have chosen to participate in a photoshoot this year.
The couple were styled by Clare and Nina Hallworth, whose clients include Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston, with makeup by Linda Hay, who works with Kristen Stewart, the actress, and Emily Ratajkowski, the model.
The cover image “captures their powerful dynamic as equal partners,” said Dilys Ng, Time 100 photo editor.
Prince Harry is dressed in black, captured with his vivid blue eyes, thick red hair, a neat beard and signature bracelets.
Perched on a wall, the left side of his body hidden behind his wife, he puts a hand on her shoulder.
The Duchess, dressed in pristine white with her gold watch and diamond rings on display, looks straight into the camera with smoky-eyed makeup and a half-smile. The color white has become associated with the time of the suffragists.
A second image shows the couple dressed in a coordinating olive green, the Duke’s hands in their pockets, in front of an open window.
A third sees them hand in hand, strolling through a lush garden and smiling at each other.
The couple were named alongside others including Naomi Osaka, Dolly Parton and Britney Spears in the ‘icons’ section, rather than the ‘leaders’ they might also qualify for.
They are featured on one of seven covers of this year’s Time 100, a list of influential people across the globe.
Their quote for the magazine was written by Chef José Andrés, the founder of World Central Kitchen which is supported by the Sussex Archewell Foundation.
“Taking action is not the easy choice for a young Duke and Duchess who have been blessed with birth and talent, and burned with glory,” he wrote.
“It would be much safer to take advantage of their good fortune and remain silent. It’s not what Harry and Meghan do, or who they are.
“They are turning compassion into boots on the ground through their Archewell Foundation. They give voice to the voiceless through media production.
“Hand in hand with nonprofit partners, they take risks to help communities in need – providing mental health support to Black women and girls in the United States and feeding those affected by them. natural disasters in India and the Caribbean.
“In a world where everyone has an opinion of people they don’t know, the Duke and Duchess have compassion for people they don’t know.
“They don’t just voice their opinion. They run towards the struggle.
The words echo the Duchess’ own entry into royal life when, in an engagement interview, she said she was thrilled to be ‘boots on the pitch’ in the UK.
They also coincidentally follow a speech by the Duke of Cambridge on Wednesday evening, which praised emergency service workers for “running straight into danger”.
The Duke and Duchess are joined on the covers of Time magazine – in separate versions of the issue – by Simone Biles, the gymnast, Kate Winslet, actress, Billie Eilish, singer-songwriter Dr Ngozi Okonjo- Iweala, the CEO of the World Trade Organization, Jensen Huang, the CEO of NVIDIA, and Cathy Park Hong, the writer.
The Sussexes wrote their own quote for the magazine in honor of Dr Okonjo-Iweala. They wrote on their website: “The Duke and Duchess are honored to partner with Ngozi in the pursuit of this goal and are proud to feature alongside him in this year’s Time 100.”
Edward Felsenthal, editor and managing director of Time, said of the inclusion of the Sussexes: “Their actions this year have not only sparked profound re-evaluations of British society and the monarchy’s place within it, but also catalyzed essential conversations. on topics ranging from mental health to disinformation.
The Sussexes have appeared on Time 100 television before, when they appealed to Americans to use their vote in the Trump-Biden election.
Prince Harry and the Duchess were named separately to the influential list in 2018.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been on previous lists, as have the Queen and Prince of Wales.
The Prince of Wales has previously posed for a cover of Time magazine.