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A royal expert has questioned Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's motives after describing their cover shoot for TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people as “astoundingly bad”.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex appeared together for the first time together on a magazine cover but the image has been labelled “clumsily and heavy-handedly photoshopped”, Daniela Elser wrote in her News.com.au column.
She also labelled Prince Harry, who is stood behind Meghan on the cover, as a “stagehand in a suburban theatre production of Les Mis”.
Elser continued “The Duke looks like he was added in after the fact…the royal couple look like knock-off Madame Tussauds wax figures."
She believes that the cover shoot shows how times have “changed” for the couple in recent years.
In 2019, Meghan guest-edited British Vogue and made the decision not to be cover star of the magazine.
British Vogue editor Edward Enniful said the Duchess of Sussex thought it would have been “boastful”.
The magazine instead ran with a collage of different women with the words Forces for Change.
Elser claims Prince Harry and Meghan now have “a brand to build” and these days “have no issue with being ‘boastful”.
She wrote: “Consider this: This issue of Time is all about saluting the men and women who have shaped the world. That Harry and Meghan agreed to take out the cover spot after the events and the global trauma of the last year speaks volumes.
"That they acquiesced, when Time asked them, to appear on the cover is just telling.
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“And therein lies the problem here. What this Time image does is not so much make them look like they are publicity hungry but publicity ravenous.
“This situation goes to the very heart of their post-royal lives; lives which now seem driven by both a very genuine desire to help and a very real genuine desire to consequently pick up as much good PR as they can.”
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The photographer of the cover photos was the well-respected Pari Dukovic, who has worked with the likes of Barack Obama in the past.
Mr Dukovic, who works for The New Yorker, snapped the couple for the first time for the magazine but had previously photographed a royal when he was just a child.
The photographer snapped the Duke of Edinburgh in his hometown city of Istanbul back in 1992.
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