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Not one for keeping in line with royal traditions (which is fair play really, given that they've stepped down from their senior working positions within the family and have made it quite plain they're not interested in following 'The Firm's' rules), Prince Harry and Meghan Markle just posed for their first magazine cover together as a couple.
The photoshoot accompanies TIME magazine's annual 100 list, which celebrates and recognises the work of figures from the worlds of politics and entertainment, to philanthropists and activists.
Explaining why the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were chosen for the honour, the magazine writes that it is impressed by their charitable efforts and said, "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."
Now, fans of the pair are – as is custom with anything royal-related – looking further into the newly published images of Meghan and Harry, and speculating as to the subtle symbolism about their new American life and relationship that's hinted within the photos (which were taken by Pari Dukovic).
So, first up! Let's talk... trees. The images appear to be taken in what looks to possibly, maybe, could be the Sussexes back garden, in the same area where they shot their Lilibet pregnancy announcement – under a 'tree of life'.
Nature and trees now seem to be somewhat symbolic to the couple, possibly representing their newfound 'freedom' and peace of mind away from royal life. Case in point: during her recent 40th birthday video, Meghan Markle was asked by comic actor Melissa McCarthy whether she'll be celebrating with "another photoshoot under a tree where you're looking very peaceful?". To this, she replied, "Peaceful under a tree is me every day."
Secondly, many have also commented on the Duke and Duchess's positioning on the front cover of TIME, with Meghan standing in front of Harry. Plenty have commented on whether or not this could be a subtle nod to the fact the couple champion feminism and support causes that specifically impact girls and women around the world.
"It's meaningful a photo that puts him behind her and shows her as a powerful woman...," wrote one eagled-eyed commenter under the front cover on TIME's Instagram, quickly garnering over 100 likes in support.
Even though Harry is taller than Meghan, he's also sitting back behind her in the striking image, ensuring they are of equal height and their eyes are perfectly in line together. The Prince is also wearing black, whereas his wife is contrasting in white, making her stand out more.
Any other thoughts to add into the mix, folks?
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