“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 US, and feeding those affected by natural disasters in India and the Caribbean.
“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.”
The words echo the Duchess’s own entrance to royal life when, during an engagement interview, she said was excited to be “boots on the ground” in the UK.
They also coincidentally follow a speech by the Duke of Cambridge on Wednesday night, who praised emergency services workers who “run straight towards the danger”.
The Duke and Duchess are joined on the Time magazine covers – in separate versions of the issue – by Simone Biles, the gymnast, Kate Winslet, the actress, Billie Eillish, the singer-songwriter, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the director-general of the World Trade Organisation, Jensen Huang, the CEO of NVIDIA, and Cathy Park Hong, the writer.
The Sussexes have written their own citation for the magazine in honour of Dr Okonjo-Iweala. They wrote on their website: “The Duke and Duchess are honored to be Ngozi’s partner in pursuing that goal and are proud to be listed alongside her on this year’s Time 100.”