Meghan Markle Slammed by Piers Morgan over Her Guest-Editing September's Issue of Vogue
On Sunday, British Vogue magazine revealed that the Duchess of Sussex had worked with their editor-in-chief to compile their September issue. Now, television host Piers Morgan has lashed out at the Royal.
Duchess Meghan worked from January with British Vogue Editor-in-Chief Edward Enninful to create the magazine’s September issue. The publication was named “Forces for Change” and features 15 influential women.
One person who wasn’t impressed with the Duchess’ role as a co-editor was Good Morning Britain co-host Piers Morgan. He wrote an opinion piece for the Daily Mail expressing his displeasure.
Morgan started off by complaining:
“Two months ago, Meghan Markle was reportedly ‘too busy caring for her baby’ to meet the President of her own country on his state visit to the UK.”
The television host was referring to President Donald Trump’s state visit in June by invitation from the Queen. At the time, Meghan failed to make an appearance until after the US president had left the country.
Morgan slammed the Royal for being “preoccupied with the birth of another elitist production – Vogue magazine.” The host continued adding that he wasn’t surprised by Meghan’s side-gig as she’d “probably craved all her adult life to be a Vogue star” since she was a “B-list actress.”
He shared his surprise that the Queen allowed her to do the work when the Royal Family is not known as people who are “publicity-craving” celebrities. Morgan added that another part of his displeasure was that Royals were meant to “stay out of politics.”
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15 women, 15 unique causes. Meet British Vogue’s #ForcesForChange, the cover stars of the September 2019 issue chosen by @Edward_Enninful and HRH The Duchess of Sussex @SussexRoyal, set to re-shape society in myriad radical and positive ways. See more via the link in bio. Directed and edited by @Kloss_Films. Starring: @AdwoaAboah @AdutAkech @SomaliBoxer @JacindaArdern @TheSineadBurke @Gemma_Chan @LaverneCox @JaneFonda @SalmaHayek @FrankieGoesToHayward @JameelaJamilOfficial @Chimamanda_Adichie @YaraShahidi @GretaThunberg @CTurlington
The host noted how the issue featured a minister, a climate activist, actresses, producers, LGBTQI+ advocates, a mental health campaigner, models, former refugees, athletes, women rights advocates, a body positivity activist, and a maternal health advocate.
The Duchess also tackled privilege in the publication. Morgan mocked the inclusion of privilege as he felt the Royal was “fabulously rich and entitled Princess” who has no leg to stand on in speaking about such an issue.
He also mocked the 16th spot in the cover which will be a mirror meant to reflect and encourage the reader.
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Introducing the September 2019 issue of #BritishVogue, guest-edited by HRH The Duchess of Sussex @SussexRoyal. Entitled #ForcesForChange, the cover features 15 world-leading women who are reshaping public life for global good, and were personally chosen by The Duchess of Sussex, and British Vogue’s editor-in-chief @Edward_Enninful. The 16th slot – which, in print, appears as a mirror – is intended by The Duchess to show how you are part of this collective moment of change too. Click the link in bio to read about how The #DuchessOfSussex became the first guest editor of the September issue in the magazine’s 103-year history. Photographed in New York, Stockholm, London and Auckland by @TheRealPeterLindbergh, with fashion editors @Edward_Enninful and @TheRealGraceCoddington, hair by @BartPumpkin and @SergeNormant, make-up by @TheValGarland and @Diane.Kendal, nails by @LorraineVGriffin and @YukoTsuchihashi. On newsstands Friday 2 August. Starring: @AdwoaAboah @AdutAkech @SomaliBoxer @JacindaArdern @TheSineadBurke @Gemma_Chan @LaverneCox @JaneFonda @SalmaHayek @FrankieGoesToHayward @JameelaJamilOfficial @Chimamanda_Adichie @YaraShahidi @GretaThunberg @CTurlington
Speaking to those who’d say he should leave her alone, Morgan noted that she was the one who needed to do so as she didn’t actually need to co-edit the issue in the first place. He also accused her of trying to force “her radical liberal opinions upon us.”
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“Whatever your background, it’s easy to feel connected to Mrs Obama. There’s something magical about the way in which she draws you in with her endearingly frank, down-to-earth personality.” As First Lady of the United States, @MichelleObama forged a path as the nation’s mother-in-chief – and became a style icon in the process. Now, freed from White House protocol, she’s loosening up, but still dispensing immaculate advice. In a rare interview, she talks motherhood and maturity with #BritishVogue’s guest editor HRH The Duchess of Sussex @SussexRoyal. Read the full piece from the September 2019 issue via the link in bio. #MichelleObama photographed by @MillerMobley.
The host added that Meghan’s role now was to promote Britain as a Royal but instead chose to feature 5 American women and she interviewed former First Lady Michelle Obama.
Morgan felt the Duchess was more focused on promoting herself as a brand to her home country. He concluded his piece by giving her advice writing:
“Take a long hard look in the mirror you stuck on your Vogue cover, and ask yourself one question: ‘Do I want to be a royal or a virtue-signalling political activist celebrity?’”