'No they don't' Vine panelist challenges Harry and Meghan 'voice to the voiceless' praise

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s joint magazine cover shoot for Time has been criticised on the Jeremy Vine show, as the couple appear as “some kind of fabulous, charitable martyrs”. Their friend Jose Andres, founder of the World Central Kitchen, wrote a tribute to the couple, speaking of their compassion and their desire to give “voice to the voiceless”. His choice of words were mocked as a “ridiculous phrase” by a commentator, who said the Sussexes “talk about themselves”. 

Prince Harry and Meghan were chosen among Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world. 

Jeremy Vine panelist Lowri Turner said: “I’m really surprised that they allowed so much retouching, because they would have had approval on those photos, and I think it’s really important, particularly for young women that celebrities don’t go in for that much retouching.

“That’s number one and then number two is, they were interviewed by a chef.

“They clearly didn’t want any journalist who might ask any difficult questions, they got their friend, a chef to interview them.

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“It was he who said this ridiculous phrase about how they give voice to the voiceless, no they don’t! 

“They talk about themselves and they’re not voiceless are they?

“So, I think they are really influential, I think they should be number one but I don’t like the picture, and I don’t like the lionising them as some kind of fabulous, charitable martyrs.”

The cover image, which was photographed by Pari Dukovic, marks the couple’s first formal magazine shoot together. 

Jose Andres is familiar with the work of the couple, after partnering his organisation World Central Kitchen with their Archewell Foundation. The couple pledged to fund four community relief centres that could operate as active kitchens, three of which have been opened in Mumbai and Puerto Rico. 

In a letter to readers, Time’s editor-and-chief and CEO said Harry and Meghan were chosen as they had “catalysed essential conversations on topics from mental health to misinformation”. 

In a statement to their website Archewell, the couple said they were “humbled” to have been included. 

Since leaving the Royal Family, Meghan and Harry have relocated to California, and have established the non-profit organisation Archewell. They have also signed a multi-million-pound deal with Netflix and Spotify, which promises to produce ‘informative’ and ‘uplifting’ content. 

Through their charity work, the Sussexes have focused on tackling issues around mental health, gender equality and climate change. 

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