Meghan Markle Took Heat For Guest Editing British Vogue — Will Princess Anne Come Under Fire, Too?

When it comes to the royal family, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex has always seemed to be the one who has received the most criticism from fans. Sure, other members of the royal family have faced their fair share of backlash for some of their actions. However, when it comes to Meghan Markle, a lot of the times, it seems as if she can never do anything right in the eyes of the public.

This point was proven when she was asked to guest-edit on an issue of British Vogue. As soon as fans saw the issue that Markle had edited, they immediately criticized the “inappropriate” subjects that were discussed in the magazine.

Markle is not the first person in the royal family to guest-edit a popular publication, and she will not be the last either. Princess Anne will reportedly be guest-editing an upcoming edition of Country Life. So, will Prince Charles’ sister experience the same backlash that his daughter-in-law received? Here is what we know about the situation so far.

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Meghan Markle received harsh criticism for guest editing the British Vogue

Last year, Markle was given the opportunity to guest-edit the September issue of British Vogue. Given Markle’s strong stance on women’s equality, it was not surprising to see that the cover of the magazine was filled with powerful women from all over the world who have taken a political stand in the past. Some of the people that were featured on the cover included Greta Thunberg, Jane Fonda, and New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern. 

Before the magazine had even made it to the newsstands, critics were already fuming mad about Markle’s decision to edit a national publication. When many fans saw the subject matter of the magazine, they thought that it was too politically-charged for a royal to take part in. The sun wrote: “MEG’S LEFTIE ISSUE: Meghan Markle slammed for ‘wading into politics by promoting Trump-hating celebs’ in ‘left-wing’ edition of British Vogue.”

According to BuzzFeed News, reporter Dan Wootton went onto the British talk show, Lorraine, and said that he felt that Markle had decided to guest-edit a “fashion magazine” because she was from Hollywood. And that guest-editing any magazine was simply something that royals do not do. “Remember Meghan doesn’t want to be a celebrity, she says she wants to be a royal. Royals don’t guest-edit magazines, celebrities guest-edit magazines. Do you get me? Do you see the point that I’m making?”

How many other royal family members have guest-edited a magazine in the past?

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While Wootton may feel that it is unbecoming for a royal to guest-edit a magazine, BuzzFeed continued by pointing out that Markle isn’t the first person in the royal family to take this particular role. Both Prince Charles and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge have done some guest-editing in the past. In fact, Kate Middleton had even done some extensive collaboration with the same “fashion magazine” that Markle received criticism for working with. In the past, Middleton had posed for pictures, helped to pick out certain articles and topics, and had published a letter with British Vogue.

Markle’s father-in-law, Prince Charles, has also guest-edited two different issues of Country Life. Prince Charles had also highlighted several different political issues, including climate change, but he didn’t really receive any type of criticism for the topics that he chose. Instead, the issues that he guest-edited ended up selling more copies than other issues in the past.

Will Princess Anne’s guest-editing work come under fire like Meghan Markle’s work did?

Like her older brother, Princess Anne will also be guest-editing an issue of Country Life as a way to commemorate her 70th birthday. It’s not clear exactly what type of articles Princess Anne will include in her issue, however, it is rumored that she will be highlighting her family as well as her love of horses and Olympic equestrian riding. 

Other tabloids and media outlets have not really commented on Princess Anne’s upcoming Country Life issue. However, the magazine expects that it will be just as well-received as Prince Charles’ work was a couple of years ago.