Meghan Markle's Vogue Cover Deemed Similar to an Australian Book She Helped Release

Meghan Markle's upcoming Vogue issue is facing criticism for its glaring similarities to an Australian book she was featured in two years ago. 

Just a day after making the announcement that she would be the first-ever guest editor-in-chief for UK's Vogue magazine, the Duchess of Sussex is under fire for what appears to many to be a stolen idea for the magazine's cover. 

Markle, 37, was part of a book called "The Game Changers" written by Samantha Brett and Steph Adams, which, like Vogue's issue entitled "Forces for Change," also displayed 15 women on its cover. See the covers 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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Both covers are in black and white, and both are about "trailblazing" women in the world. Brett's attention was drawn to the situation and she responded to it according to UK's Daily Mail. 

"It's obviously very flattering, she obviously likes our concept!" Brett said. Keep in mind that Markle herself appeared on the original cover for the book and wrote an essay in it.

Brett further stated

"I love Meghan and am a huge fan, but if what people are alerting us to is true, then it's extremely disappointing."

In a subsequent tweet, Brett seemingly went easy on the royal by saying, "Flattered! It does look rather familiar... or maybe just coincidence [sic]?? #MeghanMarkle." 

Markle herself does not appear on the upcoming Vogue issue because, according to the editor-in-chief Edward Enninful, she felt it would be "boastful." 

Instead, inspirational women are pictured, and one blank reflective square is presented to encourage the reader to look inwards and consider what they can do to change their world.

Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex | Photo: Getty Images

Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex | Photo: Getty Images

Vogue reportedly described the women as "trailblazing change-makers united by their fearlessness in breaking barriers," while "The Game Changers" used the phrase "fearless, trailblazing" women back in 2016 within the promotion for the book. 

The book did well, selling out soon after its release. It was republished in November 2017 reported the Daily Mail, and again made its way onto the best selling list with new women on the cover. 

Meanwhile, the Vogue September issue will feature images of actress Jane Fonda, Australian model Adwoa Aboa, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden, and climate change activist Great Thunberg. 

Also 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. 

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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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The duchess reportedly worked with the magazine for seven months before sharing news of the project with the world. There's even a feature with former First Lady Michelle Obama towards the end. 

The duchess posted the cover photo to her official Instagram account where she included a signed message at the end thanking friends, the featured women, and Enninful for the "wonderful opportunity."

The issue will be released on August 2 in print and digital form.

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