- José Andrés wrote that Harry and Meghan have "compassion for the people they don't know" in his tribute for the couple
- Some critics claimed the Sussexes' compassion doesn't include people close to them
- Fans were happy to see the couple on Time's most influential people list and said they inspired many with their charity work
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's critics were not impressed after the couple made Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World list.
On Wednesday, Time released the full roster of honorees, along with the seven worldwide covers shot for the special 2021 Time100 edition. In one of the covers, the Duchess of Sussex wears a white shirt with matching high-waisted trousers, while the Duke of Sussex leans on her shoulder in an all-black outfit.
"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," chef José Andrés, founder of World Central Kitchen, wrote about the couple.
However, some Twitter users mocked Prince Harry and Markle, claiming their compassion doesn't include people close to them. Some pointed out their lack of relationship with her estranged father, Thomas Markle, and rumored strained relationship with the royal family.
"Shame they don’t have compassion for the people they DO know," one Twitter user commented.
"Compassion? Is this the compassion [Meghan] had towards her father who had a heart attack and has yet to receive a call from her … that compassion?" another wrote.
Another user claimed, "Compassion??? Compassionate, caring people don’t trash their family to a celebrity chat show host. They also don’t whine about how awful their (privileged) life is using one of the poorest parts of the whole as background."
"Compassion for the people they don’t know. But disdain for those closest to them. Really, Time? #DoBetter," a fourth netizen wrote.
"I say it's sad and a real shame [that Harry and Meghan] don't have any compassion for the 95-year-old grieving Queen," British journalist and broadcaster Dan Wootton said on GB News' "Dan's Digest."
Fans of the couple, however, praised them for the work they've done before and after leaving royal life.
"Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan are well-deserving of this accolade. They have inspired me to give to a number of charities, and they have shined a light on the work of so many who work for education, combat hunger, uplift children, speak for mental health, etc.," one commented.
Another fan defended the couple, saying, "Being compassionate doesn’t mean being a doormat. No one who expresses concerns about the color of my future children's skin would be getting any compassion from me PERIOD."
"Excellent choice!! This couple is all about compassion in action, and they have already shown the world they are doers and not just about talking and making appearances. They are to be admired -- both individually and as a couple. Nicely done," a third fan wrote.
"Speechless with this, pretty epic! So proud of Harry and Meghan. Despite everything they’ve gone through, here they are, in their total glory," another supporter added.
"As they should [be]," another commented. "Keep leading way and triggering the right people at the same time. We love to see it."
Since stepping back as working royals last year, Prince Harry and Markle have launched a nonprofit organization called Archewell, through which they donated to the Genesis Women's Shelter & Support in Dallas after Texas was hit with icy and snowy weather in February. The foundation is also working with World Central Kitchen to build four community relief centers in the Caribbean.
Last month, the couple also donated to Women for Afghan Women, which empowers disenfranchised Afghan women and girls in Afghanistan and New York.