Meghan Markle refused to appear on the Vogue September cover like Kate Middleton did over fears she’d look ‘boastful’, Edward Enninful reveals

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MEGHAN Markle has guest edited the September issue of Vogue – but left herself off the cover over fears she’d look “boastful”.

She chose to instead focus on 15 women who “break barriers” and the duchess hoped that readers would also be inspired by their work.

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Meghan Markle’s Vogue cover has been released and she refused to be on the cover to avoid being ‘boastful’[/caption]

The magazine’s editor-in-chief Edward Enninful spoke of the Duchess of Sussex’s decision to leave herself off the cover – unlike Kate Middleton, 37, when she appeared in the magazine in June 2016.

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

Kate, Duchess Of Cambridge, starred on the cover of Vogue as part of a National Portrait Gallery Vogue exhibition for its centenary edition.

Meghan, 37, used her stint as guest editor on the magazine to promote 15 women that inspired her

WHO IS ON THE COVER OF MEGHAN'S SEPTEMBER ISSUE OF VOGUE?

  1. Adut Akech
  2. Gemma Chan
  3. Greta Thunberg
  4. Jameela Jamil
  5. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  6. Adwoa Aboah
  7. The reader
  8. Jacinda Ardern
  9. Francesca Hayward
  10. Ramla Ali
  11. Christy Turlington
  12. Salma Hayek Pinault
  13. Sinead Burke
  14. Jane Fonda
  15. Lavern Cox
  16. Yara Shahidi

Princess Diana featured on the cover three times, and Princess Anne also appeared in September 1971, May 1973 and November 1973.

The cover instead features the likes of teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg and New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern.

Inside there is also a conversation between Meghan Markle, 37, and former US First Lady Michelle Obama.

One of the 16 photo slots on the front cover is that of a mirror, which encourages the reader to use their own platform for change.

The edition is entitled Forces For Change, and Buckingham Palace said this highlights “trailblazing change makers, united by their fearlessness in breaking barriers”.

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Inside there is also a conversation between Meghan Markle, 37, and former US First Lady Michelle Obama[/caption]

New mum Meghan, who gave birth to Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor on May 6, has spent seven months working on the special Vogue project.

She hopes “to take the year’s most-read fashion issue and steer its focus to the values, causes and people making impact in the world today”.

The duchess said: “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.

“I hope readers feel as inspired as I do, by the forces for change they’ll find within these pages.”

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Kate appeared on the cover of Vogue in June 2016[/caption]

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Princess Diana was on the cover of Vogue three times[/caption]

Edward said that Meghan is the first person to guest edit the September issue – which is considered the magazine’s most important issue of the year.

He said: “To have the country’s most influential beacon of change guest edit British Vogue at this time has been an honour, a pleasure and a wonderful surprise.

“As you will see from her selections throughout this magazine, she is also willing to wade into more complex and nuanced areas, whether they concern female empowerment, mental health, race or privilege.”


Some have criticised Meghan for placing left-wing, Trump-hating celebs on the Vogue cover. 

This comes after Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s neighbours were issued with list banning them from talking to royals or asking to see baby Archie.

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