TIME Magazine just released their shortlist of candidates for 2018’s Person of the Year, but people are having a hard time understanding why Meghan Markle has made the list. The new Duchess is among political figures and entertainment industry runaways. She is up against Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, and Christine Blasey Ford, and many others.
According to TIME, the recognition is given to “the person or group of people who most influenced the news and the world — for better or for worse — during the past year.” The shortlist includes teen activists who began the March For Our Lives campaign that is seeking better gun control legislation in the United States.
After the release people flooded Twitter with questions as to what exactly has Meghan done to deserve this honor. She didn’t broker a deal between three embittered nations. She didn’t start a protest that spread across the United States. She wasn’t assassinated because of her criticism of the Saudi regime.
Scroll down to see some of the comments.
Makes no sense with Meghan….what did she do besides get married?
— Judy Kornbluth (@granny9kids) December 10, 2018
Meghan Markle? Seriously? Why not Nobel Prize winners for medicine/science/peace or all of the prize winners of the cover? They contribute more to society and the human race than an ex actress who happens to marry a prince?
— C Han (@dozo_yoroshiku) December 10, 2018
Meghan Markle? Seriously?
— Betty (@BettyFunfetti) December 10, 2018
10 People who made a bigger impact this year than Meghan Markle that @TIME didn’t consider #POTY
— TeamPurpleMN (@TeamPurple_MN) December 10, 2018
The reason Meghan is considered is that this is a list of people who made news and kept making news, throughout the year. She is also being considered because of her ongoing activism as well as for being a symbol of change within the Royal family, Britain, and the world at large. TIME even described her wedding as a statement that “celebrated Markle’s heritage and placed it unapologetically at the heart of Britain’s most elite institution.”