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Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP/Shutterstock Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
The couple appeared in new portraits for TIME, including one of the magazine's seven covers, as part of the outlet's 100 Most Influential People of 2021 list. In one shot by photographer Pari Dukovic, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex sport matching olive ensembles as they stroll hand-in-hand along a tree-lined path and exchange smiles.
The photo is strikingly similar to a snap from Meghan and Harry's October 2018 visit to New Zealand. The photos are nearly identical, from their forest surroundings and locked eyes down to Meghan casually placing her left hand in her pocket.
The photo from New Zealand came just a couple weeks after Meghan and Prince Harry announced that they were expecting their first child. Now, they are parents of two: son Archie Harrison, 2, and daughter Lilibet Diana, born on June 4.
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Meghan, 40, and Harry, who turned 37 on Wednesday, were praised in an essay for TIME by José Andrés, chef and founder of World Central Kitchen, which has delivered more than 500,000 hot meals to earthquake-stricken Haiti and is an official partner of Harry and Meghan's Archewell Foundation.
"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," wrote Andrés.
"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," he continued. "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."