Why Meghan Markle’s Vogue debut will be different to other royals

Meghan is choosing to do things a little differently to those who've graced the fashion bible's cover in years gone by.
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When news first reached our ears that Meghan Markle would be guest-editing the September issue of British Vogue, it would be safe to say all our fashion dreams came true at once.

Indeed Meghan, who is a global style icon, already holds an immeasurable amount of power in her own right when it comes to the fashion industry.

Therefore, seeing her team up with the fashion publishing powerhouse that is Vogue is a collaboration of epic proportions.

But when it comes to the royal family, the iconic publication isn’t exactly unfamiliar with its elite members.

In fact, a number of British and international royals have graced its pages – and covers – over the years.

And it seems Meghan knows this all-too-well, because she’s about to do something completely different with her royal status when it comes to the next royal Vogue collab.

Meghan is about to do something no royal has done before with Vogue.

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Which royals have appeared in Vogue before?

While royals garner global attention in their own right, their exclusive appearances in the pages of magazines like Vogue are few and far between.

That being said, Meghan certainly isn’t the first royal family member to collaborate with the fashion giant.

In June 2016, Meghan’s sister-in-law Kate Middleton, aka Duchess Catherine, appeared on the cover of British Vogue‘s centenary issue.

The Duchess also appeared in a 10-page spread within the magazine, featuring a relaxed countryside photo shoot.

At the time, Vogue‘s then editor-in-chief Alexandra Shulman said: “It has been a wonderful experience to have had the opportunity to work with her on this, and I am immensely proud of what we have produced.”

Kate Middleton appeared on the British publication’s centenary issue in 2016.

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Meanwhile, Kate and Meghan’s late mother-in-law Princess Diana also appeared on several Vogue covers throughout her life.

In fact, the stunning royal appeared on three UK Vogue covers, and on one US edition in May 1994.

And Princess Diana has had multiple stints on the cover of the iconic magazine.

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Other royals to appear on the cover of Vogue include Princess Anne, Grace Kelly, and Lady Helen Taylor, who is the daughter of the Duke & Duchess of Kent.

Meanwhile, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie have also appeared in British Vogue as part of a sweet sisterly photo shoot.

Taking to her Instagram almost exactly a year ago, Eugenie shared some of the amazing pictures from the siblings special spread.

“I’m very proud to be in the September issue of Vogue alongside my beautiful big sister talking about our bond, who we are and what we stand for,” she wrote at the time.

After working with the York sisters to execute the shoot, British Vogue‘s editor-in-chief Edward Enninful clearly saw the value in collaborating with royals – it seems he has once again been a driving force behind Meghan’s guest-editorship for the milestone September issue a year on.

Why will Meghan’s royal Vogue debut be different?

It was immediately clear that Meghan Markle’s Vogue debut as a royal would be different to the royals before her.

First and foremost, the cover does not feature the royal.

Instead, it showcases 15 “trailblazing changemakers” who are spearheads for the issue’s overriding theme created by Meghan – ‘Forces for Change’.

In a sixteenth slot on the cover, a blank space (or a mirror in the print edition) is visible – and this, according to Vogue, is intended for the reader.

“[It] is intended by The Duchess to show how you are part of this collective moment of change too,” the publication explained.

The cover features a number of inspiring an influential women, as well as a mirror, which is intended to “show how you are part of this collective moment of change too.”

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Those “trailblazing” women on the cover include, but are not limited to: Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern, body positivity advocate and actor Jameela Jamil, women’s rights advocate and actor Salma Hayek Pinault and campaigner and actor Jane Fonda.

Explaining her reasoning for her theme, Meghan explained that she had taken “the year’s most read fashion issue and [steered] its focus to the values, causes and people making impact in the world today.”

“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,” she said.

The Duchess revealed she had spent the last seven months working closely with Enninful, who has now revealed why Meghan herself opted to stay away from the radical cover image.

“From the very beginning, we talked about the cover — whether she would be on it or not,” he said.

“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.”

We certainly can’t argue with that, the cover is star-studded with incredible women as it is.

Kiwi PM Jacinda Ardern is one of 15 women to feature on the cover of Meghan’s Vogue editorial debut.

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Meghan’s Vogue debut is also somewhat different to other royal stints with the magazine in that she is the first guest-editor of the September issue (which is known to be the most pivitol issue on the fashion’s annual calendar) ever.

Yep, that’s over the UK publication’s 103 year history – pretty impressive!

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Who photogrpahed Meghan Markle’s Vogue cover?

There’s also another interesting snippet of information about Meghan’s British Vogue debut, and it’s all to do with the photographer.

Indeed you’ve probably seen the cover photographers name, Peter Lindbergh before – and that’s because he was the very same artist behind the Duchess’ famed Vanity Fair cover shoot, which confirmed her and Harry’s relationship in late 2016.

The photographer has since spoken about Meghan’s directions for him when it came to shooting the women for the upcoming issue of Vogue.

“My instructions from the Duchess were clear: ‘I want to see freckles!'” Lindbergh told Vogue.

“Well, that was like running through open doors for me. I love freckles,” he said.

We can’t wait to see the full spread for ourselves!

We wouldn’t mind if Meghan becomes a regular contributor at Vogue… just sayin’.

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