'Bored' Prince Harry looks 'like a waxwork' in awkward new snaps, says expert

By Zoe Forsey & Jennifer Newton

Prince Harry resembles a "waxwork" and looks "stiff and uncomfortable" in new photos released celebrate his inclusion in Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People list, an expert has claimed.

The prince and wife Meghan Markle posed for three new snaps to mark the achievement, which was announced on the Duke's 37th birthday.

However many fans have mocked the photos, taken by Pari Dukovic, saying they look overly edited.

Daily Mirror designer Chris Hunneysett believes the team behind the photoshoot have tried to show "easy power, wealth, and affection of the couple", but says Harry looks best when he's relaxed.

He says: "What’s most remarkable about these photographs is they’ve taken a couple who always seem entirely relaxed in front of a multitude of cameras and made them seem so stiff and unnatural.

The images of Harry and Meghan were taken at their home in California (Photograph by Pari Dukovic for TIME)
Meghan and Harry's new image for TIME magazine (Photograph by Pari Dukovic for TIME)

"This is particularly true of Harry, which is more surprising as he’s being the subject of photography for far longer than Meghan, since the day he was born, in fact.

"The Duke isn’t helped by some over enthusiastic photoshopping around the eyes. Now he’s pushing 40 years old he’s developed crow’s feet and worry lines on his forehead, which is perfectly normal and visible in any photo taken in public - but here they’ve been smoothed away, making him look like his own waxwork dummy.

"Plus the Californian sun, the studio lights or a photoshop filter may have all contributed to his naturally ruddy complexion taking on a golden shine, but if he pushes those techniques any further in that direction he’s in danger of resembling Donald Trump.

"Finally his hair and beard have been manicured to an extreme degree by a team of stylists and/or digital gurus, and though he’s never been scruffy, this immaculate look is at odds with his standing as a former serving army officer in Afghanistan.

"The artistic director of the shoot has tried to emphasise the easy power, wealth, and affection of the couple, but Harry is at his best when he’s relaxed and allowed to express himself, not shoehorned into a pose where he mostly looks bored and plastic.

"In contrast, Meghan looks far more comfortable which is no doubt due to her years in television. She obviously takes easier to direction, and understands what’s required of her and so is able to her character to shine though.

"To highlight their marriage is one of equality the stylist has dressed them both in trousers, however it’s obvious to even the untrained eye, Meghan in the winner of this photoshoot."

Revealing the top 100 list, Time magazine praised Meghan and Harry for having "compassion for the people they don't know". It states: "They don't just opine. They run towards the struggle."

Harry and Meghan, who say they are "humbled" to be on the list, appear in the new issue of the magazine alongside a short profile of them by chef José Andrés.

José is a founder of the World Central Kitchen, one of the charities the Sussexes' Archewell Foundation has been supporting.

He tells TIME : "Springing into action is not the easy choice for a young duke and duchess who have been blessed through birth and talent, and burned by fame. It would be much safer to enjoy their good fortune and stay silent.

"That’s not what Harry and Meghan do, or who they are. They turn compassion into boots on the ground through their Archewell Foundation. They give voice to the voiceless through media production.

"Hand in hand with nonprofit partners, they take risks to help communities in need—offering mental-health support to Black women and girls in the U.S., and feeding those affected by natural disasters in India and the Caribbean."

As well as being part of the list, Harry and Meghan have also written a piece for the publication praising Director-General of the World Trade Organisation, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, who is also named one of the 100 most influential people of 2021.

A statement on their Archewell website says: " Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, are not only humbled to be part of this year’s TIME 100 through the words of friend and partner José Andres, but to also write in praise of Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala for the publication’s annual list of Most Influential People.

"Since becoming the Director-General of the World Trade Organization in March, Okonjo-Iweala has astutely been hailed for the groundbreaking nature of her appointment to the role; the first woman and the first African to assume the position.

"What further sets her apart, and makes her leadership all the more trailblazing, is her ability to see the COVID-19 pandemic as a crisis with significant implications for both health and economic security. To tackle it, she has encouraged governments, trade organizations, and individuals to think of vaccine distribution and equity as inextricable from economic recovery."


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