Meghan Markle is not taking anything for granted these days. The Duchess of Sussex has revealed that she was five months pregnant with her son Archie Harrison while she was working on the hotly anticipated September issue of British Vogue. In her editor’s letter, the Duchess wrote about how special it felt to be working on the issue during a very significant time in her life.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle welcomed their son Archie Harrison back in May. However, the Duchess continually worked throughout her pregnancy and even managed to take on a secret project as a special guest editor for Vogue. The former Hollywood actress detailed her journey to the gig with editor Edward Enniful in her letter as well. She says that the two met earlier this year and while drinking mint tea, discussed how they can “shine light in a world filled with seemingly daily darkness.” She also said that she was looking forward to meeting her newborn baby at the time.
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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
According to ET Online, Markle wrote, “I was about five months pregnant when this process began, and by the time you hold this issue in your hands, my husband and I will be holding our three-month-old baby boy in ours.”
The new royal mother also said that Enniful helped give her a crash course on editorial lingo as the two of them worked on an editorial plan together for the special issue. Markle wrote that she was hoping to create an issue that had both “substance and levity.”
Even though Meghan Markle is reportedly on maternity leave right now, she hasn’t stopped working or at least contributing to the projects that she feels most passionate about. She also said, “It’s a very special time for me personally, on so many levels; working with Edward and his team, both during my pregnancy and my maternity leave, has played no small part in that joy – it has been a privilege to be welcomed and supported by this amazing team.”
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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 Duchess of Sussex chose a handful of women to grace the cover of the magazine. She said that she picked the women who she has admired the most for their commitment to a cause or for their fearlessness in breaking barriers. Some of the influential women included in September’s issue include former First Lady Michelle Obama, actress Gemma Chan, actress Jane Fonda, refugee and model Adut Akech and New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern.
The September issue of British Vogue will be out in newsstands beginning next month.