We can add Vogue Magazine to the list of things Duchess Meghan has ruined for good (previous entries include but are not limited to: The Monarchy, common decency, Suits seasons 1-7, Wimbledon, Princess Diana’s legacy, baby showers, and Michael K’s rich fantasy life). As previously reported, Meghan guest edited the September issue of British Vogue featuring 15 “changemakers” but not the kind that walk around ballparks and arcades with those belts filled with nickels and dimes. Instead of using her unprecedented opportunity to highlight the glory of pretty clothes on pretty ladies, she used her platform to shove her COMMUNIST AGENDA down everybody’s throat in a move Piers Morgan called a “shamelessly hypocritical super-woke Vogue stunt“, which just so happens to be the name of my band!
According to E!, Meghan’s issue (that’s the name of my upcoming novel about a woman who gives birth to a metaphor) featured 15 “brilliant female changemakers who have had a laudable impact in recent times and who are set to reshape society in radical and positive ways in the future“. To make matters worse, in the issue which is titled “Forces for Change“, she allowed her subjects’ freckles “into the photos” for “us to see ‘beauty in real people, in real situations’”. Excuse me while I barf. Have you ever seen a freckly face before? They are disgusting.
Turning down an opportunity to appear on the cover herself—”In the end, she felt that it would be in some ways a ‘boastful’ thing to do for this particular project,” Edward Enninful, British Vogue‘s Editor-in-Chief, said—she, instead, put the spotlight on “the women she admires,” including Yara Shahidi, Gemma Chan, Salma Hayek, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, and climate change campaigner and student Greta Thunberg, among many others.
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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
Meghan also interviewed Michelle Obama for the issue. And she’s not even the first lady anymore! E! Reports that many people were not happy with Meghan’s choices, saying “the critics got into formation and quickly had their fangs out”.
There were those on Twitter who wanted to know why Meghan hadn’t included Queen Elizabeth II among her list of trailblazers, or even “a doctor or nurse, a teacher, lawyer,” as another wondered. Others wondered why Meghan had skipped out on meeting President Donald Trump during his recent state visit, citing her maternity leave for the absence, but was able and willing to devote the entirety of said leave to the issue, not to mention interviewing the former First Lady.
Look, I can deal with a couple of freckles, but a LADY DOCTOR? These people are insane. One royal commenter took issue with her inclusion of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on the grounds that it was a political statement. Others saw the issue as proof of Meghan being fame hungry, anti-British, and accused her of “politicizing the Royal Family“. As if the mere notion of a “Royal family” isn’t inherently political in and of itself.
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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.
The ellipsis… the “dot dot dot” that inspires the greatest practice of patience in this digital era.
And then it appeared, EE’s [Edward Enninful, British Vogue’s editor-in-chief) reply: “Yes! I would love for you to be my guest editor.”
Sitting on my sofa at home, two dogs [NAMES REDACTED] nestled across me, I quietly celebrated when the words appeared on my screen.
Sheesh, it’s no wonder that when Prince Harry was interviewing Jane Goodall for the issue, he stated unequivocally that he only wants to have a maximum of two children! According to Elle, he says it’s because he’s worried about the environment, but that would be a political statement, and as we know, the Royal Family doesn’t do those. So it must really be because he’s hoping to move in on Jane before he gets too entrenched in his current marriage.
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Earlier this summer HRH The Duke of Sussex met with world renowned ethologist Dr. Jane Goodall for an intimate conversation on environment, activism, and the world as they see it. This special sit-down was requested by The Duchess of Sussex, who has long admired Dr. Goodall and wanted to feature her in the September issue of @BritishVogue, which HRH has guest edited. HRH and Dr. Goodall spoke candidly about many topics including the effects of unconscious bias, and the need for people to acknowledge that your upbringing and environment can cause you to be prejudiced without realising it. The Duke described that “[when] you start to peel away all the layers, all the taught behaviour, the learned behaviour, the experienced behaviour, you start to peel all that away – and at the end of the day, we’re all humans.” • Through @RootsandShoots the global youth service program @JaneGoodallInst founded in 1991, she has created and encouraged a global youth community to recognise the power of their individual strength – that each day you live, you can make a difference. Photos: ©️SussexRoyal / Chris Allerton #ForcesForChange