Meghan Markle news: Duchess and Prince Harry TV appearance BOYCOTTED – ‘I’ll be skipping!’ | Royal | News (Reports)

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The programme is based around Time magazine’s annual list of ‘100 Most Influential People’. For the first time American broadcaster ABC is producing a show announcing the winners and celebrating their achievements.

The Duke and Duchess are due to make an appearance during the programme.

However, this has angered some royal fans who responded to a tweet about the event by ABC by pledging to miss the segment.

Patricia Watts, a self-described royal enthusiast from Louisville, commented: “I know what I’ll be skipping’.

Another Twitter user from New York added: “Thanks, I’ll pass on the whole mess.”

Time released its ‘100 Most Influential People’ list on Tuesday subdivided between ‘pioneers’, ‘artists’, ‘leaders’, ‘titans’ and ‘icons’.

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Those featured include politicians, cultural figures and sportspeople such as Angela Merkel, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Dan Macsai, TIME chief executive, said the programme will “recognise the extraordinariness of this year”.

Speaking to E! News Ian Orefice, TIME studios president, said: “In a year in which we are unfortunately unable to convene the TIME100 community together in person, we are excited to celebrate the extraordinary achievements of the members of this year’s list with a brand-new experience on ABC that will allow more people to participate than ever before.”

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Also scheduled to appear on the show are comedian Trevor Noah, actress Sandra Oh and singer John Legand.

The event included live performances from musicians Jennifer Hudson, Halsey and The Weeknd.

Rob Mills, ABC’s studio director, said the channel is “elated” to be broadcasting the occasion.

He explained: “He added: “Amidst this unprecedented year, we hope that viewers at home will not only be entertained but feel inspired by the impact that the honourees’ of the 2020 TIME100 list have made on the world.”

Usually the release of the TIME magazine ‘100 Most Influential People’ is accompanied by a reception but that won’t be happening this year due to coronavirus.

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Meghan has a background in showbusiness and used to play Rachel Zane in hit US legal drama Suits.

Back in January the Duke and Duchess announced their intention to stand down as senior royals and become “financially independent”.

Earlier this month they announced a mega deal with streaming giant Netflix.

The couple will produce documentaries, films and children’s shows for the platform.

Whilst Meghan doesn’t plan to return to acting the couple could reportedly make on screen appearances in some of their documentaries.

The deal follows a similar one agreed in 2018 by Barack and Michelle Obama.

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