Updated article on 23/9/20: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's 'Time100' speech featured a surprising 'guest appearance' from a member of their family.
In a video, which is believed to have been filmed in the garden of the royal couple’s Montecito home, the Duke of Sussex said that he is not eligible to vote in the November 3 US election and has never even voted in the UK due to royals being expected to follow strict political neutrality.
However, having experienced criticism via social media and in the press in recent years, the father-of-one knows all to well the importance of uniting together, especially during political elections.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex: "Congratulations to this year's transformative leaders and change makers. You work tirelessly to create a better world, a better global community for all of us" #TIME100 https://t.co/3aojLBhOVu pic.twitter.com/aqOkVUNFBX— TIME (@TIME) September 23, 2020
'When the bad outweighs the good, for many, whether we realise it or not, it erodes our ability to have compassion and our ability to put ourself in someone else's shoes. Because when one person buys into negativity online, the effects are felt exponentially,' he said. 'It's time to not only reflect, but act.’
'Every four years we are told the same thing, that this is the most important election of our lifetime. But this one is,' Markle added to camera.
At one point, the couple's message featured an unexpected appearance from their Labrador dog, Pula, who they welcomed into their family in 2018.
The canine's screen time didn't go unnoticed by some Twitter users.
Im the dog in the back for sure— queen body (@luenass) September 23, 2020
Pula said, I'm just going to stroll on by 😂— Thrive&beHappy (@ueverwonderwhy) September 23, 2020
‘When we vote, our values are put into action and our voices are heard. Your voice is a reminder that you matter, because you do and you deserve to be heard,' continued Markle.
'As we approach this November, it's vital that we reject hate speech, misinformation and online negativity,’ Harry noted.
'We are incredibly proud to join in this historic moment in time,' the royal concluded their video message before the couple thanked viewers for watching the clip.
The video comes days after activist Gloria Steinhem revealed she and Meghan cold-called Americans to urge them to vote when they met earlier this summer.
‘She came home to vote,’ the feminist told Access Hollywood. ‘The first thing we did, and why she came to see me, was we sat at the dining room table where I am right now and we cold-called voters.'
'She said “hello I'm Meg” and “hello I'm Gloria” and “are you going to vote?” That was her initiative.'
While the Duke and Duchess of Sussex didn’t voice their support for a particular presidential candidate, Meghan did described President Donald Trump as ‘misogynistic and divisive’ during a 2016 appearance on The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore.
Meanwhile, Harry has had numerous meetings with former US president Barack Obama over the years and interviewed him on an episode of BBC Radio 4's Today Programme in 2017.
Article published on 17/9/20: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are joining forces with A-listers for a very important celebration of talent and influence around the world.
On Wednesday, ABC announced that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are scheduled to team up with a whole host of celebrities for the TIME 100 ‘Most Influential People’ Special, which will air on Tuesday September 22.
In a promo announcing the news, it was announced that TV host Trevor Noah, actress Sandra Oh, comedian Kumail Nanjiani and singer John Legend will make appearances during the show, with special performances from the likes of Halsey and Jennifer Hudson.
Markle's best friend Serena Williams and Jennifer Lopez also appear in the footage, which makes us thing we might finally get to see Meghan, the tennis champion and singer on-screen together for the first time.
According to ABC, the special will reveal the full list of 100 influential people in what the news outlet describes as ‘an entertainment-filled inside look at the leaders, creators and everyday heroes comprising the 2020 list ahead of its TIME print debut’.
The list will go live on TIME's website when the special airs and the full TIME100 issue of the magazine will be available on newsstands on Friday September 25.
The occasion marks the TIME100 list has been broadcast on TV in this format due to face-to-face interactions being limited due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Since 2004, the TIME100 list has been announced on an annual basis and highlights high-profile individuals who are making the most impact on the world.
News of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s appearance on the show comes days after the couple signed a deal with Netflix.
The New York Times reports the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have founded an unnamed production company and signed a multiyear deal with the steaming service, which will pay them to make documentaries, docu-series, feature films, scripted shows and children’s programming.
‘Our focus will be on creating content that informs but also gives hope,’ the couple reportedly confirmed in a statement.
‘As new parents, making inspirational family programming is also important to us.’
In recent months, Harry and Meghan have made countless appearances via video conference calls with organisations, students and activists.
In August, Meghan Markle confirmed that she was ready to 'use my voice in a way that I haven’t been able to of late', referring to the couple’s decision to step back as senior working members of the royal family earlier this year.
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