Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan make TIME list of the most influential people on the internet

By Zach Harper

TIME magazine is known for honouring people who are making some of the biggest waves in the world today, from its TIME 100 list of the most influential people to its Person of the Year. The publication also publishes an annual list of the 25 most influential people on the internet, and this year Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan made the cut!

The publication says it chose the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, partly because of the reach they proved they had when they launched their official Instagram account, @sussexroyal, in April. They hit 1 million followers in just six hours, setting a new record on Instagram. As of this writing, the account has 9.1 million followers.

TIME also praised Harry and Meghan’s habit of spotlighting different issues each month – from LGBTQ+ pride to issues affecting women and girls to environmental conservation – and called it a “savvy” approach.

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As a continuation of our monthly social awareness approach to shine a light on the accounts that are working towards positive change, for the month of July we turn our attention to the environment. There is a ticking clock to protect our planet - with climate change, the deterioration of our natural resources, endangerment of sacred wildlife, the impact of plastics and microplastics, and fossil fuel emissions, we are jeopardizing this beautiful place we call home - for ourselves and for future generations. Let’s save it. Let’s do our part. Quote from The Duke of Sussex: “Environmental damage has been treated as a necessary by-product of economic growth. So deeply ingrained is this thinking that it has been considered part of the natural order that humankind’s development comes at the expense of our planet. Only now are we starting to notice and understand the damage that we’ve been causing. With nearly 7.7 billion people inhabiting this Earth, every choice, every footprint, every action makes a difference.” *********************************************************** Please visit the accounts we are following this month for more details on how you can make great change and help save our planet. We can only do this together, and every little bit helps.  All photos included are from the above accounts

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“The Sussexes forward-thinking, cause-oriented approach to social media fits neatly with other ways they are establishing their identity beyond the crown,” the publication wrote.

TIME determined the people on the list by “looking at their global impact on social media and their overall ability to drive news.” The list is unranked, and also includes celebrities such as Ariana Grande, Lil Nas X , South Korean pop stars BTS, Cardi B, The Good Place star Jameela Jamil, Jada Pinkett Smith and teen YouTube stars JoJo Siwa and Emma Chamberlain.

On Ariana, TIME points out she became the first artist since The Beatles to hold all three top spots on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in February, and is now the most-followed musician on Instagram.

You can see the full list here.

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