Thomas Markle insists 'more influential people' than daughter Meghan after Time magazine cover

Meghan Markle's father doesn't think the Duchess is one of the world's most influential people.

In a video obtained by Fox News, Thomas Markle is caught on camera after visiting a magazine stand in Los Angeles. He's asked why he didn't purchase a copy of the latest Time magazine featuring the Duke and Duchess of Sussex among the world's 100 "most influential people".

"Well that is only Time magazine's opinion, there are far more influential people," the Duchess's father replies.

Twisting the knife even further, Thomas says one person who is more influential is the Queen, whose family Meghan has made a number of allegations towards, including suggesting one member is racist

Thomas and his daughter's relationship deteriorated after Meghan become a member of the British royal family, in part due to his relationship with the press. He is yet to meet either of her two children.

Among those in Harry and Meghan's company on Time's most influential people list is former US President Donald Trump, China's Xi Jinping, gymnast Simone Biles, singer Billie Eilish and Fox News host Tucker Carlson.

Prince Harry and Meghan featured on the magazine's cover with a background of trees. But that's been widely mocked and sparked a flurry of memes. Many have suggested the picture looks like Harry is a hairstylist presenting the new hair-do he has given his wife. 

"Terrible retouching job. They look CGI," one person said.

"Looks a bit too 'plasticky'? The photoshop is rich on this one," said another.

However, others were in their corner.

"Absolutely deserved recognition! The incredible work of Harry and Meghan, individually and as a team, is astounding. Truly dedicated people and values."

The couple, who fled the United Kingdom in early 2020 for the United States, have spent the last year signing multi-million dollar entertainment deals and appearing at speaking functions.

But they've been criticised for statements they've made, weighing into political matters and participating in interviews despite moving across the Atlantic supposedly for privacy reasons. 

Last week, an infamous interview they did with Oprah Winfrey was booed at a British television awards ceremony, while a recent poll found their popularity had dropped to a record low in light of the interview as well as comments they made about Afghanistan and COVID-19.

In the Time magazine, chef Jose Andres, who funded the World Kitchen nonprofit, wrote it would have been safer for the couple to stay silent.

"That's not what Harry and Meghan do, or who they are... 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."