Meghan Markle, Prince Harry Time magazine cover ‘A smart ploy’, claims royal expert
- Lady Colin Campbell slammed Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s coverage of Time
- The biographer claimed the “gruesome” image was chosen to “raise the profile” of the publication and the Sussexes
- The cover of Time marked the first time the couple have officially posed together for a magazine cover photoshoot.
Royal expert Lady Colin Campbell recently weighed in on the cover of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Time magazine in a new video on her YouTube channel.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex posed together for their first magazine cover for Time’s annual 100 Most Influential People list, which was unveiled last week. However, their coverage has been criticized on social media, with some calling their portrayal “fake” and Photoshop.
Campbell, author of several books on the British royal family including “Meghan and Harry: The Real Story”, was among those who did not like the cover. In a question-and-answer video, she agreed with a social media user who claimed Time chose to put Prince Harry and Markle on the cover because it “would make the post talk” and accused Time of ‘deliberately choosing “horrible” photos “for adding talking points.”
Campbell claimed the comment had “merits,” explaining, “I mean, who buys the time? I certainly don’t. I remember when I was a teenager my dad bought Time and Newsweek every week. Time was so respected back then. . But now he’s seen better days. “
“I think it was a very clever ploy,” the royal author added of the Prince Harry and Markle cover. “I also think the gruesome photographs would have been created to raise the profile not only of the magazine, but [also] people in the magazine. “
Campbell also claimed in the description of the video that “the photographs of Harry and Meghan in the Time play have been photoshopped in hymns to artificiality.”
Amid the backlash, a number of pundits and royal fans also praised Prince Harry and Markle’s cover. Atima Omara, a political strategist for Democrats who has spent 15 years on youth engagement, wrote on Twitter, “Great photo. Harry and Meghan are a British royal couple who will find a way to make a more unique contribution than they would have by staying with ‘the company’, as they call it . “
Eric Schiffer, chairman of Reputation Management Consultants, told Newsweek that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s Time coverage “will be seen as a stab at the heart of the monarchy’s reputation” following accusations of racism by the couple against the business.
The fact that Prince Harry and Markle are named one of the most influential people in the world, according to the expert, gives them and their claims against the royal family “greater implicit credibility”.
The image of Prince Harry and Markle was just one of seven global covers shot for the 2021 Time100 Special Edition. The others included Simone Biles, Kate Winslet, Billie Eilish, writer Cathy Park Hong, NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang and Okonjo-Iweala, director general of the World Trade Organization.
In the issue of Time, José Andrés, who collaborated with the Sussexes through his World Central Kitchen, wrote of the couple: “In a world where everyone has an opinion about people they don’t know, the Duke and Duchess have compassion for people they don’t know. They don’t just express their opinion. They run towards the struggle.