Meghan Markle Is on the Shortlist for Time's Person of the Year

She's up against Donald Trump, Robert Mueller, and Christine Blasey Ford, to name just a few.

When American actress Meghan Markle married Prince Harry in May, she received the title of Duchess of Sussex. And now, she's up for a designation of another sort.

This morning, Time magazine announced its shortlist for "Person of the Year," and Meghan made the cut right alongside political leaders, activists, and changemakers.

As the publication's former managing editor Walter Isaacson explained in the magazine's 1998 issue, the title is certainly not a popularity contest; rather, it's given to “the person or persons who most affected the news and our lives, for good or ill, and embodied what was important about the year, for better or for worse," and is selected by the magazine's editors. With that in mind, the magazine lists Meghan's credentials as follows:

Former Hollywood actor and activist Meghan Markle traded in her roles on screen for a royal title in May, when she married Britain’s Prince Harry to the delight of captivated crowds across the U.K. and millions more worldwide.

Meghan wouldn't be the first person with royal connections to hold the title.

Wallis Simpson became Time's first "Woman of the Year" in 1936, the year King Edward VIII abdicated the British throne in order to marry her. And Elizabeth II received the honor of "Woman of the Year" in 1952, the year she became Queen. (The honor did not become gender neutral until 1999.)

And while she's up against stiff competition, should Meghan be given the title, she would become only the fifth woman to hold it by herself. (In addition to Queen Elizabeth and Wallis Simpson, German Chancellor Angela Merkel was given the title in 2015 and Filipino President Corazon Aquino received it in 1986. It should also be noted that women have been included in larger groups including 2017's the Silence Breakers, 2014's Ebola fighters, and 1966's the Inheritor, among others. American women as a group received the nod in 1975.)

Time magazine will reveal its 2018 Person of the Year on the Today show Tuesday morning during the 7 a.m. hour, and then also on Time.com. Other people on the short list are as follows:

- American President Donald Trump

- The more than 2,000 families separated at the United States border following Trump's immigration policies.

- Russian President Vladimir Putin

- Christine Blasey Ford, who testified against then-Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

- Black Panther director Ryan Coogler

- Special Counsel Robert Mueller

- Journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who is believed to have been murdered in Saudi Arabia.

- The March for Our Lives Activists

- South Korean President Moon Jae-in

Read more about the nominees over on Time.com.

Do you think Meghan Markle will be person of the year?


No—there are other people on the list that I think will receive the title.


This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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