Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's controversial TIME magazine cover was roasted by fans when it appeared last month - and Harry's recent public appearance seems to have cemented the critiszm.
People are harsh.
Although, the recent images of Harry's latest public appearance show the haters might just have been correct...
Now, the couple seem to have been the pillars of scrutiny against the Royal Family since stepping down from their positions last January.
Meghan and Harry said they wanted a more private life for their children, and moved to Los Angeles to live a more normal life out of the media eye.
However, many feel like the couple has truly slandered the royal family.
And that Harry's relationships with his brother, father and grandparents is "hanging by a thread."
Although, through the rifts, there were reports that the Royal Family were "delighted" by the news of the couple's second child, Lilibet's birth.
Congratulations to Harry, Meghan and Archie on the arrival of baby Lilibet Diana 🎊— The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall (@ClarenceHouse) June 6, 2021
Wishing them all well at this special time. pic.twitter.com/ucJZIm2kqH
Despite Harry's continuous blasting of them across all media platforms.
Harry's relationship with his family remains strained.
With Charles apparently refusing his calls on the lead up to the announcement in 2020. Harry also said he was financially cut off from his father after they stepped down and at first they were forced to live off Diana's inheritance.
Asked by Oprah Winfrey during their televised interview about why they left, Harry blamed a "lack of support and lack of understanding."
He also said he wanted to get away from the "genetic pain" he felt from his family, especially his father, Prince Charles.
"I feel really let down because he's been through something similar, he knows what pain feels like, [and] Archie's his grandson."
"But at the same time – I will always love him – but there's a lot of hurt that's happened and I will continue to make it one of my priorities to try and heal that relationship. But they only know what they know, or what they're told."
Then, of course, following Lilibet's birth came the controversy surrounding her name...
With one royal biographer, Angela Levin, deeming it as "rude."
As we know, their baby girl was named Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor.
Paying tribute to Harry's late mother Diana, Princess of Wales, who died in 1997, when Harry was just twelve.
The name Lilibet is also a tribute to Queen Elizabeth II herself.
A family pet name, the Queen bestowed it on herself as a child as she couldn't pronounce the name Elizabeth. The name was particularly used by the Queen's late husband Prince Philip. It was also used by her doting father, King George VI.
But, despite the tribute, people still weren't happy with some even accusing that, by using the Queen's private pet name as a first name, Harry had broken royal protocol.
In light of the birth of #HarryandMeghan 's daughter Lilibet 'Lili' Diana, here's the original Lilibet (aged 3) with her grandfather King George V, who first used it. #RoyalFamily #Royals #History #TheQueen pic.twitter.com/MUH9R4AJWO— Jane Dismore (@JaneDismore) June 6, 2021
Harry was heavily criticized for taking such a private, intimate pet name and giving it to his child, after what some are calling an "onslaught of abuse" against his grandmother and The Firm.
Royal commentator, Richard Kay, suggested that it may be a step too far for Meghan and Harry to name their daughter Lilibet.
Writing in a column for the Daily Mail, he said: "By giving the baby the name Lilibet, the Queen's private family nickname – even though they intend to use the diminutive 'Lili' for their daughter – there is a risk."
"Will it be seen as a presumptuous choice for a royal baby who is eighth in line to the throne, but who will grow up on the other side of the world speaking with an American accent?"
"It is tempting to wonder if Harry would have been so emboldened in his choice if his grandfather Prince Philip – the only close family member permitted to call the Queen 'Lilibet' – had still been alive."
"Doubtless, there will be among the more cautious courtiers at the Palace some discomfort and the odd raised eyebrow at this latest convention-destroying Exocet from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex."
Congratulations to The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the birth of Lilibet Diana! The Queen, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted with the news.— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) June 6, 2021
Lilibet is Her Majesty’s 11th great-grandchild. pic.twitter.com/dGVeRpd3pK
There was a mixed response to the name, with some believing that the couple was pandering to the Queen for forgiveness, whilst others thought that it was a touching tribute.
Eventually though, the controversy took a backseat...
As the couple finally shared a picture of Lilibet...
The picture was spotted in the back of a video released to mark Meghan's fortieth birthday.
In the video, Meghan shared her new project "40x40", which she's set up to help get women back into the workplace after giving birth, and behind her, some eagle-eyed fans spotted 4 family photos proudly on display...
Meghan revealed in the short clip that she's asking forty friends to donate forty minutes to help mentor a woman back into work.
In a message on their Archewell website with the clip, Meghan also wrote: "In reflecting on my 40th birthday and the many things I am grateful for, I'm struck that time is among our greatest and most essential gifts."
"Time with our loved ones, time doing the things we love, time spent learning, laughing, growing, and the sacred time we have on this earth. Amongst the most valuable gifts of time is also time spent in service to others knowing that it can contribute to incredible change."
"To that last point, and with my 40th lap around the sun in mind, it made me wonder: what would happen if we all committed 40 minutes to helping someone else or to mentoring someone in need? And then what would happen if we asked our friends to do the same?"
"In the past two years, and in large part because of the COVID-19 pandemic, tens of millions of women around the world have left the workforce, including over 2 million women in the US."
"So many of these women are also shouldering the brunt of the crisis when it comes to unpaid labor, including schooling and caring for family members. And the latest research shows that fewer women than men will regain work as we recover from the pandemic."
"I believe mentorship is one way to help women regain confidence and rebuild their economic strength, and for my birthday, I have asked 40 friends, activists, athletes, artists, and world leaders to help kickoff a global effort by contributing 40 minutes of mentorship to support women re-entering the workforce."
"With this time, I hope they each help someone advance a professional life on her own terms, and, I hope that they inspire countless others to give 40 minutes of their time as well.
"If you are able, please join us and pledge 40 minutes today in service of others in the way that feels right to you. The time that you donate can contribute to a global wave of service and set in motion meaningful impact in our own communities, and across the world."
Now, it seems that the controversy surrounding Harry and Meghan has moved on to something else...
Their Time magazine cover.
Earlier this month, it was revealed that Harry and Meghan had landed a spot in TIME magazine's list of The 100 Most Influential People of 2021.
A brief summary of the couple, wrote by José Andrés, praised the couple for having "compassion for the people they don't know."
"It would be much safer to enjoy their good fortune and stay silent," Andrés wrote.
"That's not what Harry and Meghan do, or who they are. They turn compassion into boots on the ground through their Archewell Foundation. They give voice to the voiceless through media production. 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 U.S., 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."
Alongside the summary of the pair, Harry and Meghan posed for TIME's cover.
The cover shows the couple stood together in front of a wood scene.
Meghan is posed at the front of the picture wearing a white pantsuit, while Harry is slightly behind resting on her shoulder in a forest-green shirt.
It's safe to say the couple look radiant and glowing on the picture, but perhaps a little too much...
What a strange photo .. it's made to look like Harry is the same height as Meghan .. is he bending over?— Lorri 💙 (@Lorri297) September 15, 2021
@Lorri297 @TIME @chefjoseandres Looks a bit too “plasticky”? The photoshop is rich on this one— Mask Up 😷 (@Mask Up 😷) 1631723867.0
The airbrush is doing some heavy lifting there.— Ginger Jones (@DDenouncement) September 15, 2021
The cover looks so fake… oh wait it’s because they are.— Dotty (@beinspired78) September 15, 2021
@shamelasso @GrainneMaguire Cos the photo has been edited to remove face creases etc & they've left one of the tools used behind— Spartacus (@Spartacus) 1631728018.0
Is Harry wearing a rug? Or just overdone the air brushing?— Kevin Younger (@KevinYounger20) September 15, 2021
It's like they shot their heads and bodies separate...then pasted them together. This is really bad Photoshop. TIME can do better than this pic.twitter.com/mUGAFsb7qI— BenGhazi (@TheBenGhazi88) September 16, 2021
Jesus I thought this was a parody account with a clearly photoshopped creepy cover. Then I noticed the blue tick. Wow has @TIME fallen. Hard.— Annabel Attenborough (@AnnabelAttenbo1) September 15, 2021
It's this real or photoshopped? They are so plastic that it's hard to tell, although Harry hiding behind Me-gain as usual seems legit.— DeathTunes (@Dat_Jarcroqueta) September 15, 2021
Harry and Meghan have been roasted online for their TIME cover...
As many people believe it could be photoshopped.
Suspecting the picture is airbrushed, people have questioned the couples glowing smooth skin and bright eyes.
Introducing the 2021 #TIME100 featuring the 100 most influential people of the year https://t.co/KavPtltT4Y— TIME (@TIME) 1631716957.0
With some eagle eyed fans even pointed out that Harry's hair looks suspiciously fuller.
And it's true, his hair is looking lush.
"In a world where everyone has an opinion about people they don’t know, the duke and duchess have compassion for th… https://t.co/iqES7ZgSdl— TIME (@TIME) 1631707263.0
And now some candid snaps of Harry seem to have proven the Photoshop theory ...
""Harry has magical hair that appears and disappears out of nowhere," wrote one Twitter user.
It’s magic 😂 https://t.co/aMUz3Xe92y— ℳ𝓊𝓇𝓀𝓎 ℳ𝑒𝑔 (@ℳ𝓊𝓇𝓀𝓎 ℳ𝑒𝑔) 1632431019.0
"Proves that Harry's hair on TIME cover is Photoshopped," another added.
Big yikes. What do you think of the conspiracy theory?