Recently it was revealed that the Meghan the Duchess of Sussex had secretly been working on British Vogue’s September issue for months while being pregnant with son Archie.
When Meghan decided to take on the role of being guest editor of British Vogue’s September issue, she was also preparing for becoming a mother. In a truly honest letter, the Duchess of Sussex reveals that she had been working on the projects for months, all while preparing for the arrival of her son Archie Harrison, who was born on May 6.
“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,” Meghan, 37, wrote. “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.”
She revealed that she first met with British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful in January this year to collaborate with her women-focused patronage, Smart Works.
“What evolved over the next hour was a promising pow wow of two like-minded thinkers, who have much in common, including our love of writing,” Meghan, who ran a lifestyle blog called The Tig for years before marrying Prince Harry, wrote. “Over a steaming cup of mint tea, we teased through how one can shine light in a world filled with seemingly daily darkness. Lofty? Of course. Worth it? Without question.”
The end result was the September issue cover named “Forces for Change”, on which there are 15 important women featured. Among them are actresses, models, politicians and authors, with the thing that connects all 15 women being that they are all advocating for change, be it for diversity and mental health to climate change and voting rights.
Meghan also revealed that it was actually her idea to be the issue’s guest editor-and she asked Enninful for the job through text.
“So I asked the question,” she wrote. “Actually, I typed and deleted the question several times until I built up the courage to ask the question in question. ‘Edward… instead of doing the cover, would you be open to me guest-editing your September issue?’ “
“The ellipsis… the ‘dot dot dot’ that inspires the greatest practice of patience in this digital era. And then it appeared, EE’s reply: ‘Yes! I would love for you to be my guest editor,’ ” she recalled. “Sitting on my sofa at home, two dogs nestled across me, I quietly celebrated when the words appeared on my screen.”
Meghan said that their goal was to create an issue of “both substance and levity”, with features an interview of Dr Jane Goodall by Prince Harry and a Q&A about motherhood with Michelle Obama that Meghan did herself.
For the one to take the shots and be behind the camera for the cover shoot, Meghan and Enninful went with famed photographer Peter Lindbergh.
“My instructions from the Duchess were clear: ‘I want to see freckles!’ ” Lindbergh told the publication when he recalled the phone conversation he had with Meghan on the morning of the New York shoot.
“Well, that was like running through open doors for me. I love freckles,” he said.