Meghan Markle Becomes First-Ever Guest-Editor of British Vogue's September Issue

Meghan Markle will not only be the first member of the royal family but also the first person to co-edit a British Vogue magazine as she honors a slew of incredible women — and you, the reader. 

The Duchess of Sussex worked with Vogue for the September 2019 issue entitled "Forces for Change" which will feature several amazing women and focus on the positive impacts they've made throughout the world. 

Markle, 37, won't be on the cover herself, but her work in the magazine is monumental. She joined editor-in-chief Edward Enninful to create the issue. A shot of the cover can be found below. 

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To watch the full #ForcesForChange video for the September Issue of @BritishVogue, guest edited by The Duchess of Sussex, please visit our IGTV. Her Royal Highness is the first Guest Editor for British Vogue’s September Issue and for the last seven months has worked to create an issue of inclusivity and inspiration, focusing on what connects us rather than what divides us. Fifteen women were chosen for the cover including New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who generously lent her time to support The Duchess in this important issue. The women first met last autumn during Their Royal Highness’ official tour of New Zealand. Above, PM Ardern says: “One change that I’ve noticed over the course of my career, is just how polarised the world is now. I do think there is a solution to that though, and that’s ultimately us coming back to the humanity that we all share." Thank you PM Ardern for being an amazing force for change. For more details on this special project, please see previous post and stay tuned for more updates throughout the week.

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According to the magazine's website, the collaboration between the duchess and Enninful started back in January. The duchess called the seven months of their work together "rewarding." 

She also highlighted the fact that they took "the year’s most-read fashion issue and [steered] its focus to the values, causes and people making impact in the world today."

She added: 

“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.”

The Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle | Photo: Getty Images

The Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle | Photo: Getty Images

Included in the cover is actor Jane Fonda, actor, producer and advocate Salma Hayek Pinault, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, actor and producer Laverne Cox, and climate activist Greta Thunberg. 

Others featured on the cover are Adwoa Aboah, Adut Akech, Ramla Ali, Sinead Burke, Gemma Chan, Francesca Hayward, Jameela Jamil, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Yara Shahidi, and Christy Turlington. 

All the women have in one way or another contributed something in the area of "politics, sport, and the arts." Within the piece, Markle shared an interview she conducted with Michelle Obama, as well as an exchange her husband Prince Harry had with renowned ethologist Dr. Jane Goodall. 

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Today, The Duke of Sussex met with young people doing ground-breaking work in their communities as part of Dr. Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots Global Leadership gathering. Started in 1991 by world renowned ethologist and primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall, with just 12 high school students in Tanzania, Roots & Shoots brings together young people from around the world who are leading projects in their communities to make the world a better place for people, animals and the environment. Today @RootsAndShoots has over 150,000 groups in over 50 countries - the collective power of these young people is limitless. His Royal Highness believes that people are at the heart of conservation and sustainability and that in order to succeed we need an inclusive, community-centred approach. In his roles as President of The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust and Commonwealth Youth Ambassador, The Duke has met young people from around the world who are leading the way with creative sustainability solutions and campaigns – it is thanks to the creativity of young people’s minds, that we can turn the tide and preserve our planet for future generations. After listening to presentations on endangered species, reducing plastic waste and embracing the wild, The Duke had the chance to thank all the young people taking part for their efforts and the difference they are making every single day. As a continuation of our monthly social awareness approach, for July we turned our attention to following accounts featuring the environment. @JaneGoodallInst, founder of Roots & Shoots, is one of those selected profiles, having dedicated her life’s work to bettering our environment and world. To learn more, visit @RootsAndShoots. Photo©️ PA images

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Of the 16 squares on the cover, one was left blank to signify a reflective mirror in hopes that readers understand that they "are part of this extraordinary moment in time." It is also meant to encourage them to make changes in whatever way they can. 

The duchess shared the news to her official Instagram account where she included a signed message at the end thanking friends who helped her, the women who agreed to be on the cover, and Enninful for the "wonderful opportunity."

 
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We are proud to announce that Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Sussex is the Guest Editor for the September issue of @BritishVogue. For the past seven months, The Duchess has curated the content with British Vogue's Editor-in-Chief Edward Enninful to create an issue that highlights the power of the collective. They have named the issue: “Forces for Change” For the cover, The Duchess chose a diverse selection of women from all walks of life, each driving impact and raising the bar for equality, kindness, justice and open mindedness. The sixteenth space on the cover, a mirror, was included so that when you hold the issue in your hands, you see yourself as part of this collective. The women on the cover include: @AdwoaAboah @AdutAkech @SomaliBoxer @JacindaArdern @TheSineadBurke @Gemma_Chan @LaverneCox @JaneFonda @SalmaHayek @FrankieGoesToHayward @JameelaJamilOfficial @Chimamanda_Adichie @YaraShahidi @GretaThunberg @CTurlington We are excited to announce that within the issue you’ll find: an exclusive interview between The Duchess and former First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama, a candid conversation between The Duke of Sussex and Dr Jane Goodall, inspirational articles written by Brené Brown, Jameela Jamil and many others. Equally, you’ll find grassroots organisations and incredible trailblazers working tirelessly behind the scenes to change the world for the better. • “Guest Editing the September issue of British Vogue has been rewarding, educational and inspiring. 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.” - The Duchess of Sussex #ForcesForChange

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Markle's work on the magazine comes after some writing experience that came in the form of her old blog called "The Tig" where she posted lifestyle articles. Of course, the site was shutdown two years ago.

Along with her blog, the duchess also shutdown all her personal social media accounts after getting married to Prince Harry, as per royal protocol. The move also ensured better security for the popular royal. 

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry | Photo: Getty Images

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry | Photo: Getty Images

In comparison to a social media platform which focuses greatly on where someone is at a given time, Markle's exclusive Vogue contribution will place attention on others and not just herself. The Vogue issue is set to be released on August 2. 

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