Meghan Markle against Trump, Putin & Khashoggi for TIME person of year

Meghan Markle up against Trump, Putin and journalist Jamal Khashoggi for TIME’s person of the year

  • TIME has revealed the shortlist for the 10 contenders for its 2018 ‘Person of the Year’ cover  
  • Top picks include President Trump, Vladimir Putin, Robert Mueller, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, and Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi who was murdered in Turkey
  • American actress turned British royal, Meghan Markle made the list after marrying Prince Harry- she is now expecting his first child
  • Topics such as the Parkland students March for Our Lives group and separated immigrant families also made the list 
  • Black Panther screenwriter Ryan Coogler made the list after its massive success
  • South Korean President Moon Jae-in made the list after taking office last year- and arranging the historic summit with his North counterpart Kim Jong Un

TIME has narrowed its list of finalists for the magazine’s 2018 Person of the Year to 10.   

The year’s shortlist, which was released Monday, includes Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, after she married Prince Harry in May. 

The American actress caught the attention of the world after finding her way into British royalty and is now due with Harry’s first child. She has some stiff competition for the cover. 

President Donald Trump, who made the cover in 2016 after shocking the world with his win has made the list yet again, as has the man who has already rocked his presidency- special counsel Robert Mueller. 

Mueller’s probe has yielded cooperation in the form of plea deals from various Trump campaign aides, consultants and advisers.

American actress Meghan Markle landed on the 2018 shortlist after marrying Prince Harry in May. She is now due with his first child 

Political: Who or what lands the cover reflects the biggest news maker of the year, and this year’s list reflects the heightened political climate that has overtaken America in 2018. Both President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin have made the shortlist 

Special counsel Robert Mueller, who has been tasked with investigating Russia’s interference in the US presidential election and potential collusion with the Trump campaign – has also landed on TIME’s shortlist 

Top 10 TIME Person of the Year’s shortlist

  • Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle 
  • President Donald Trump
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin 
  • Special counsel Robert Mueller
  • Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi
  • March for Our Lives activists 
  • Dr. Christine Blasey Ford
  • Separated migrant families 
  • Director Ryan Coogler
  • South Korean President Moon Jae-in 


In 2017 Trump said he was ‘offered’ the cover again, and declined it. Something TIME said was untrue.  

This year has been chock-full of political hot button issues, which the list starkly reflects.

Being on the magazine’s cover isn’t always necessarily an honor, it means that the person, idea or group has influenced the news cycle, for better or for worse.

Depending on who, or what idea, lands the cover- it could be a dubious distinction.

Russian President Vladimir Putin made the list, which fits with Trump and Mueller being listed considering the Russian collusion probe Mueller has been working tirelessly on. 

Putin was featured on the 2007 cover for his leadership of Russia, however this year his presence on the cover would most certainly be in part in light of his government’s alleged attempts at interfering with the U.S. presidential election.

Separated migrant families also landed on the list after America was confronted with the faces of sobbing children being torn apart from distressed parents on television news and newspapers across the country.

At the height of the issue, more than 2,500 children were removed from their parents who had been caught illegally crossing the US- Mexico border. 

Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was murdered in his country’s Turkish consulate could be on the cover following world wide outrage over his murder. Speculation abounds as to who orchestrated the killing, while investigations play out- many in the international community are pointing blame at Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman

Parkland school shooting survivors, who started the March for Our Lives group, lobbying for gun control- and against the NRA- have also landed on the shortlist for 2018 

Migrant families separated: Americans were inundated with images of sobbing children and desperate parents who were separated after illegally breaching the US-Mexico border 

The president’s zero-tolerance policy was met with global outrage, with his own daughter, Ivanka condemning the practice. 

Meanwhile an executive order in June was supposed to have the practice stop and get the children re-united with their families- however a recent report by the Associated Press found that the government continued beyond the deadline to separate children from their parents.    

The Parkland school shooting survivors also made the list with their March for Our Lives movement- tirelessly fighting for gun control after watching 17 students and faculty killed at their school on Valentine’s Day this year.  

Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi journalist who was killed in his country’s consulate in Turkey, has made the list as speculation continues on if his murder was orchestrated by Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman.

President Trump’s apparent backing of the Saudi government has been met with outrage, as investigations continue into who is responsible for Khashoggi’s murder. 

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Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who accused a not-yet-seated Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were both teens growing up in Maryland, also made the list. 

Ford’s powerful, unwavering Senate testimony about Kavanaugh, who vehemently denied the allegations she made against him, sparked a greater conversation about women who never go public about their sexual assaults and the reasons behind staying silent.   

Her testimony sparked the hashtag ‘Why I didn’t report’ with women sharing their own reasoning behind remaining silent. Kavanaugh was ultimately confirmed to the Supreme Court. 

Voted into office last year, South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in has top-spot, after he negotiated a historic summit with his North Korean counterpart, Kim Jong Un on their shared border. 

Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who took the stand against a not-yet-nominated Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh also found her place on the top 10 list for TIME’s Person of the Year

South Korean President Moon Jae-in also took a top spot after negotiating a historic summit with his North counterpart Kim Jong-un. And in another look at 2018 historical moments Black Panther director Ryan Coogler made the top 10 list. The movie was a global blockbuster featuring the first predominantly black cast for a Marvel film with awards being anticipated 

TIME will unveil who made the cover Tuesday morning on the Today Show 

The two leaders have since met at two other summits in efforts to establish peace on the Korean peninsula.

It was the first time that a North Korean leader had stepped into South Korea since the end of the war between the two nations. The two leaders have since met at two other summits, looking to establish peace on the Korean peninsula.

Black Panther director and screenwriter Ryan Coogler rounds out the top 10 list after the historic blockbuster success of the Marvel film which introduced ‘Wakanda forever!’ into the pop- culture lexicon. 

It was the first Marvel comic with a predominantly black cast and was just nominated last week for a Golden Globe. 

The entertainment industry expects an Oscar nomination will also come into play next month.   

The finalist for the TIME cover will be announced on Tuesday on the Today Show.  

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