Cape Town – On Sunday, the Sussex Royal Instagram account announced that Her Royal Highness, The Duchess herself, was working tirelessly as guest editor on the September Issue of British Vogue.
In all its 103 years, this is the first time the publication’s had a guest editor. And the reason Meghan Markle chose not to be on the cover proves editor-in-chief, Edward Enninful couldn’t have made a better decision tasking her with the role for Vogue’s special ‘Forces of Change’ issue – despite Piers Morgan trolling and saying she was only trying to promote herself.
"To have the country’s most influential beacon of change guest edit British Vogue at this time has been an honour, a pleasure and a wonderful surprise," said Edward Enninful according to Vogue, while revealing Meghan never planned on gracing the September cover.
"From the very beginning, we talked about the cover – whether she would be on it or not. In the end, she felt that it would be in some ways a 'boastful' thing to do for this particular project. She wanted, instead, to focus on the women she admires."
Further, Vogue explains, "The Duchess chose... instead to highlight an impressive roster of trailblazing female changemakers – from activists to artists, prime ministers to climate change campaigners – who are breaking barriers and setting the agenda across the globe."
Instead of featuring herself on the cover, Meghan chose the LGBTQIA+ advocate, actor and producer, Laverne Cox, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, former refugee, Adwoa Aboah and 13 other women influencing change.
The 16th and final spot on the cover was not reserved for Meghan. Instead, at the request of the Duchess of Sussex, it was fitted with a mirror to include the reader, reminding them they too are part of the collective of women who have the power to change the world.