Updated on Aug 3, 2019. Posted on Jul 29, 2019

    Meghan Markle Has Been Announced As Guest Editor Of British Vogue’s September Issue And There Are Mixed Opinions

    Meghan, the first guest editor of British Vogue in its 103-year history, called the experience “rewarding, educational and inspiring”.

    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.

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    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”.

    However, despite overwhelming praise for the announcement, Meghan 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 Meghan of using the cover to “promote socialist pals”.

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

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    Meghan and Kate 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, Meghan revealed she had been working on the issue for several months, calling it a “rewarding, educational and inspiring” experience.

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

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    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 Enninful had nothing but praise for Meghan, calling her the “most influential beacon of change”.

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

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

    CORRECTION

    Edward Enninful’s name was misspelled in an earlier version of this post.

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

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