Meghan Markle, 39, and Prince Harry, 36, appeared on Time 100 upon the release of the publication’s “most influential people”. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex discussed the topic of “Engineering a Better World”. But royal commentators Rachel Bowie and Roberta Fiorito said their responses seemed “repetitive”.
Speaking on the Royally Obsessed podcast, Ms Bowie said: “I really like that in the way William is taking on the environment and stuff like that this is becoming a huge tent pole for Harry and Meghan.
“I like the sort of message that it’s like, so many communities are being targeted by hate and technology is amplifying what’s credible and true.
“Yesterday in particular just really anchored the fact for me that we can take it on on a personal level.
“We can quit Facebook. I’ve been trying to be more purposeful about my social media use but this is a systemic problem. I’m definitely on board with their message.”
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Ms Firito added: “What is the action though?
“The Sussexes have had a lot of these talks and listening to this part of Time 100 episode, it felt a little repetitive.
“When the editor-in-chief of Time asked them how are you doing and they did the whole, how are we really doing.
“They just talked about that again in a way that felt a little too canned because we’ve heard it a couple of times. What’s the plan?”
Harry and Meghan, who live in California after stepping down as working royals for financial freedom, also talked about how the internet affected critical issues from racial equality to mental health.
With coronavirus dominating much of life across the globe the duke and duchess appear to have decided to have a soft launch for Archewell, which replaced their SussexRoyal Foundation, which has been formally wound up.
They have been working behind the scenes on the foundation, which is expected to champion issues they support – racial justice, gender equity, climate change, mental health and online hate speech.
Academics and professors from Stanford University also took part in a brainstorming session with the couple as they developed their project.
After signing a lucrative deal with streaming giant Netflix, rumoured to be worth more than £150million, the Duke and Duchess have the funds to enact their ideas.