Meghan Markle Was Just Announced As The First Guest Editor Of British Vogue's September Issue

British Vogue has just revealed the cover of its coveted September issue, unveiling the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, as its first ever guest editor.

The issue, titled “Forces For Change”, aims to highlight “a cast of brilliant female changemakers who are set to re-shape society in radical and positive ways”.

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The 15 women on the cover are: Adwoa Aboah, Adut Akech Bior, Ramla Ali, Jacinda Ardern, Sinéad Burke, Gemma Chan, Laverne Cox, Jane Fonda, Salma Hayek Pinault, Francesca Hayward, Jameela Jamil, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Yara Shahidi, Greta Thunberg, and Christy Turlington Burns.

There is also a 16th box on the cover which, in print, will be a mirror and represents how the reader can also be a force for change.

However, despite overwhelming praise for the announcement, Markle was also on the receiving end of criticism from a select few.

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One commentator insisted “royals don’t guest edit magazines” while another report accused Markle of using the cover to “promote socialist pals”.

However, others were quick to defend Markle, reminding people that the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, guest-edited Huffington Post for a day back in 2016 while also appearing on the cover of British Vogue in the same year.

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Markle and Middleton are not the only members of the royal family to take on the role of guest editor — in 2018, Prince Charles guest-edited Country Life, while in 2017, Prince Harry guest-edited an episode of BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.

Posting to social media via the Sussex Royal Instagram page, Markle revealed she had been working on the issue for several months, calling it a “rewarding, educational and inspiring” experience.

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She said: “To deep dive into this process, working quietly behind the scenes for so many months, I am happy to now be able to share what we have created. A huge thanks to all of the friends who supported me in this endeavour, lending their time and energy to help within these pages and on the cover. Thank you for saying ‘Yes!’ – and to Edward, thank you for this wonderful opportunity.”

Speaking to British Vogue, Markle added that she wanted readers to feel inspired by the work, highlighting the diverse team involved in bringing the issue to fruition.

She said: “Through this lens I hope you’ll feel the strength of the collective in the diverse selection of women chosen for the cover as well as the team of support I called upon within the issue to help bring this to light. I hope readers feel as inspired as I do, by the ‘Forces for Change’ they’ll find within these pages.”

British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enniful had nothing but praise for Markle, calling her the “most influential beacon of change”.

Although not gracing the cover herself, calling it a “boastful” thing to do for this particular issue, an interview between Markle and former first lady Michelle Obama will be included.

The September issue of British Vogue will be available on newsstands Friday 2 August.

Ben Henry is a celebrity reporter for BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.

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