Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, on Shortlist to Be Person of the Year
Every year TIME magazine launches a special Person of the Year issue. That is still the name of the end-of-the-year edition even though since 1999, the publication has featured more than one person, groups of people, an idea, or an object that have been in the news during the year.
Even though some people think the person, people, or objects receiving the title are also receiving an honor or award, that is not the case at all. They receive only the title and nothing more.
The newsmagazine announced its shortlist of finalists for the 2018 Person of the Year on Monday, December 10 on the Today show on NBC.
Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, is on the TIME's shortlist to be Person of the Year. The list also includes others that you might have heard of during the year. Most people will admit that Markle had a very big year. The former Suits star left her life behind in the United States to become the newest member of the royal family after she married Prince Harry on May 19, 2018. Their wedding was broadcast around the world.
The magazine put the Duchess of Sussex on the shortlist because she is a high-profile woman in the world. She is one of the most closely watched royals, and she will continue to be watched now that she is expecting her first child in the spring.
The 37-year-old royal was involved in several charities before her marriage and has continued them after her marriage. She is an American activist royal. She speaks out about feminism and women's rights.
Another Royal Has Been on the Shortlist
Meghan Markle is not the first royal to end up on the TIME short list. Kate Middleton. the Duchess of Cambridge, also made the shortlist in 2011 when she married Prince William. That was the year the title went to "The Protestor," a term for protest leaders who were in the news that year.
A royal has not received the title since 1952 when Queen Elizabeth II earned it when she began her reign as Queen of England. In fact, she is only one of four women to have held the solo title. Last year, the title went to a group called the "Silence Breakers" that consisted of women who spoke out about gender discrimination. Some of those women were Alysa Milano, Ashley Judd, Tarana Burke, Rose McGowan, Taylor Swift, and many others.
This year, Markle is one of only two women on the short list. Along with her is Dr. Christine Blasey-Ford, the California psychology professor who testified at a Senate hearing about an alleged sexual assault by federal judge Brett Kavanaugh when they were both teenagers.
Ford’s powerful testimony made headlines around the world. Kavanaugh was confirmed by the Senate and now has a lifetime job as a judge on the Supreme Court.
When you look through the list, you will see that Markle is one of the few who is not directly associated with politics. As a royal, she can't be involved in politics.
Others on the Shortlist for Person of the Year
There are others than Markle and Ford on the shortlist this year. They include people and things that have been in the headlines.
- Donald Trump, current President of the United States, was named TIME's Person of the Year in 2016 after he won the presidential election. He is on the shortlist for the 2018 title.
- Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, was named TIME's Person of the Year in 2007. He is on the shortline a decade later.
- Robert Mueller, the former FBI director and Special Counselor, took over the investigation of the Russian government's involvement with the 2016 presidential election. He was the 2017 runner-up for Person of the Year.
- Ryan Coogler, screenwriter and director, created this year’s popular Marvel film and made Black Panther successful at the box-office.
- Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi Arabian journalist and U.S. resident, who was murdered and allegedly dismembered.
- Moon Jae-in, South Korea's president, made headlines because voters were angry over the corruption and collusion scandals surrounding his predecessor who was impeached.
- Separated Families: More than 2,500 children were separated from their families at the Mexico border when they tried to illegally enter the United States. The treatment caused global outrage among politicians and humanitarians.
- March for Our Lives Activists: This group consisted of student survivors from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. That was one of the worst school shootings in history where seventeen were killed. Students protested against gun violence in an effort to prevent school shootings.
Who Will Be Time's 2018 Person of the Year?
It would be nice to see Meghan Markle on the cover of the Person of the Year edition. However, more people are predicting that Robert Mueller will receive the title.