Meghan Markle’s Guest-Edited British Vogue Cover Revealed: Why She’s Not On It

Meghan Markle landed a new gig as guest editor of the September 2019 issue of British Vogue — and the cover has finally been revealed. With the title “Forces for Change,” the issue features 15 women on the cover, but Markle surprisingly isn’t one of them.

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What can readers expect from Markle’s guest-edited Vogue issue?

The cover is striking, with a black and white collage of women’s faces and the title “Forces for Change.”

Readers will be in for a treat, with an issue that includes a diverse group of women, an interview with former First Lady Michelle Obama, and an interview between Prince Harry and Dr. Jane Goodall.

Markle shared in a statement: “These last seven months have been a rewarding process, curating and collaborating with Edward Enninful, British Vogue’s Editor-in-Chief, to take the year’s most read fashion issue and steer 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.”

Her choice of cover models is significant

The Sussex Royal Instagram account explained the reason behind the women featured on the cover, noting: “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 Instagram post further noted: “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.”

Markle called the gig ‘inspiring’

Markle noted in the post what an incredible opportunity she was given, sharing: “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.”

She added: “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.”

Why Markle isn’t on the cover

With the guest editing duties, many believed that the duchess would be featured on the cover, but there’s a good reason why she chose to shift the focus from her.

Enninful explained: “As you will see from her selections throughout this magazine, she is also willing to wade into more complex and nuanced areas, whether they concern female empowerment, mental health, race or privilege. 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.”