Meghan Markle banned Vogue from removing anyone’s freckles in the September issue she guest edited, photographer Peter Lindbergh reveals


MEGHAN Markle banned photographers from editing out freckles for her Vogue cover shoot.

The Duchess of Sussex, who has guest edited the September issue of the fashion bible, had very clear instructions when it came to shooting the 15 women on the front cover.

Meghan Markle asked that no freckles were edited out of her Vogue cover shoot

Photographer Peter Lindbergh, shared the phone conversation he had with Meghan during the New York shoot with Vogue UK.

He said: “My instructions from the Duchess were clear: ‘I want to see freckles!’”

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

This should come as no surprise as Meghan has always been proud to show off her own freckles, and has previously complained about having them edited out of photos.

The Duchess of Sussex previously said it was her “pet peeve” when people edited her freckles
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In an interview with Allure magazine, she said: “To this day, my pet peeve is when my skin tone is changed and my freckles are airbrushed out of a photo shoot.”

Her former makeup artist Lydia Sellers explained that the Duchess was always keen to have her natural skin on show.

She told Refinery29: “Every time I’d do her makeup, she’d say, ‘Can we just make sure my freckles are peeking through? I don’t want a tonne of foundation.’

“It was more about the amount of product that went on her skin and keeping it really fresh and dewy, rather than caking it on.”

Meghan guest edited to the September issue of UK Vogue

She added: “Her approach is very effortless. She just wants to look like a better version of herself.”

In fact Meghan’s freckles are so important to her that she had a whimsical quote from her dad about her freckles copyrighted back in 1995.

The former Suits actress, 37, then going by her first name Rachel, appears to have applied for copyright on the phrase “a face without freckles is night without stars”, according to the United States Copyright Office.

Model Adwoa Aboah, who is also famed for her freckles, is one of the 15 women to be featured on the cover
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The quote reportedly comes from Meghan’s now estranged father Thomas Markle who used to say it to his daughter when she was younger.

Meghan selected 15 inspirational women to appear in the black and white shots on the cover of Vogue which will be released next month, including model Adwoa Aboah who is famed for her freckles.

Meghan, who is not on the cover, says she spent the past seven months working on the magazine.

She said: “I hope readers feel as inspired as I do.”

British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful boasts: “She is willing to wade into complex  areas.”

In other royal news, we told you how Meghan and Harry “shunned” Dumbarton visit despite being made Earl and Countess of the town.

Meanwhile a PR expert has claimed Meghan needs to stop acting like a ‘celebrity’ to win back the public.


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