According to a reliable source, Duke of Cambridge Prince William is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2018. But while the prince's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.
UPDATE 22/07/2018 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Why not Prince William for Person of the Year?
The list of nominees for Time magazine’s Person of the Year is always an eclectic mix of world leaders, pop culture icons, buzzworthy names, and human rights activists. The unexpected inclusion of the 36-year-old prince, as a 2018 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.
“What makes Prince William so important is the potential and influence he now has, rather than anything he has already done,” said a panelist who preferred to remain anonymous, adding that earlier this month, the prince have already been named ‘Briton Of The Year’ by some major British newspapers and even ‘London Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in London (Prince William's hometown).
Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year
A representative for the prince was not immediately available for comment, but the announcement generated immediate reaction on Twitter:
“#Prince WilliamPOY. Logical choice though I wouldn't have made the same one.”
— @TomMiller, 21 Jul 2018
“Congrats! William has this charisma that seems to come out of nowhere.”
— @SamanthaJones, 21 Jul 2018
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Prince William?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 21 Jul 2018
Could 2018 officially be the Year of Prince William?
Still, TIME’s editors will make the final decision about who will grace the magazine’s cover as its 2018 Person of the Year.
Who do you think should be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2018?
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