After months of rumors, Meghan Markle’s role with Vogue has finally been unveiled.
The Sussex Royal Instagram account confirmed Sunday that the Duchess of Sussex guest-edited the September 2019 issue of British Vogue, alongside Editor-in-Chief Edward Enninful. She is the first guest editor of a September issue ― generally seen as the most important issue of the year ― in the magazine’s 103-year history.
In a statement shared on the Sussex Royal page, Meghan said it was “rewarding, educational and inspiring” to work on the issue, which is titled “Forces for Change.”
“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,” Meghan said in the statement. “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.”
The cover, shot by Peter Lindbergh, features 15 women: models Adwoa Aboah, Adut Akech Bior and Christy Turlington Burns; boxer Ramla Ali; New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern; activists Sinéad Burke and Greta Thunberg; actors Gemma Chan, Laverne Cox, Jane Fonda, Salma Hayek Pinault, Jameela Jamil and Yara Shahidi; ballerina Francesca Hayward; and author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
There is also a blank spot on the cover, which Enninful said the duchess requested. It’s supposed to represent a mirror that will show the reader how they, too, can be a change-maker.
Lindbergh said he received one request about the cover from Meghan.
“My instructions from the Duchess were clear: ‘I want to see freckles!’” the photographer told Vogue. “Well, that was like running through open doors for me. I love freckles.”