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Why The Harry Meghan TIME Cover Doesn’t Deserve Social Media Backlash

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Harry Meghan TIME cover slammed on social media: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle recently appeared on the cover of TIME Magazine for its 100 Most Influential People edition. Though the couple looked picture-perfect, netizens left no stones unturned to criticise the magazine, alleging that the picture was “airbrushed” and “photoshopped”.

On Wednesday, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle graced the cover of TIME Magazine’s annual 100 most influential people in the world issue. In the picture, we can see Markle at the centre of the cover page. She sports a white button-down and trousers. The Prince, on the other hand, is photographed slightly crouched behind her right side with trees in the background.

The official Twitter handle of TIME Magazine shared the cover with the caption, “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.”

A Twitter user said that it was the “weirdest photo” and went on add that it looked “bad”. “This might be the most airbrushed photo I’ve ever seen,” said journalist James Lewer.

Another user commented that they looked photoshopped onto their own bodies.

A curious Twitterati questioned, “This looks odd. Like it’s out of proportion. Is their heads photoshopped onto bodies? Anyone else notice this?”

Is the trolling fair?

Just as stated in the caption of the Harry Meghan cover tweet, everyone has an opinion about people they don’t know. Not only are such comments ridiculous but also defamatory. It is an undeniable truth that magazine covers undergo more than one session of editing before getting finally published. But in no way does it mean that the photograph is “fake”.

Do we even know Harry and Meghna’s opinion on the image? Isn’t it possible that it was used only after their approval? So if the royal couple has no issues with airbrushing, then why must fuss so much over it? Don’t individuals get the right to have a say in their portrayal in media?

Besides, airbrushing is quite common for magazine covers, so is targeting of Harry and Meghan post their decision to leave behind their royal duties. Is the cover being slammed because it is “bad” or simply because it features the royal couple? Is there an ulterior agenda to all the negativity surrounding this image?

Some of the couple’s admirers have showered their love for them by praising the picture.

Another user tweeted, “You don’t understand how much I love this.”

“Speechless with this, Pretty Epic! So proud of Harry and Meghan, despite everything they’ve gone through, here they are, in their total glory,” commented a Meghan Markle fan page.

Earlier this year, the Buckingham palace confirmed in a statement that Prince Harry and his wife Meghan will not be returning as working members of The Royal Family. They left England more than a year ago. Then they moved to Canada, and eventually to California start afresh. Since then, they have not been undertaking any public duties as royals.


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