As royal fans await the highly anticipated release of the British Vogue‘s September issue, guest editor Meghan Markle recently opened up about the incredible honor of working with the magazine’s editor-in-chief, Edward Enninful. In a candid letter from the editor, the Duchess of Sussex, 37, recalled being apart of the upcoming issue while pregnant with her first son, Archie Harrison.
“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,” she beautifully 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.”
In the letter, Meghan — who shares baby Archie with Prince Harry — recalled that she and Edward first met in January to discuss a collaboration for her women-focused patronage, Smart Works. However, that’s not exactly what transpired.
“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,” she gushed. “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.”
By the time their meeting was over, the former Suits actress and the British fashion stylist were “philosophizing about how to communicate this shared understanding and the lens through which we see the world,” Meghan wrote, as well as figuring out “how to pivot from a perspective of frustration to one of optimism.”
In hopes to help make a change, the brunette beauty bit the bullet and asked to be a guest editor of the September issue for British Vogue. “So I asked the question. Actually, I typed and deleted the question several times until I built up the courage to ask the question in question,” she explained. “‘Edward … instead of doing the cover, would you be open to me guest-editing your September issue?'” the text read.
Despite knowing “how important the September issue is for the fashion industry,” Meghan hoped that Edward would allow her to “be a part of fashion’s push for something greater, kinder, more impactful.” However, putting herself out there made her feel a little uneasy. “I am also a little nervous to be boldly asking the editor-in-chief, whom I’d only just met, to take a chance on me,” she thought at the time.
Luckily, the royal beauty’s confident prowess earned her a spot on the team after Edward replied, “Yes! I would love for you to be my guest editor.” It was then that she realized the gravity of the issue, which would eventually become Forces of Change. “Sitting on my sofa at home, two dogs nestled across me, I quietly celebrated when the words appeared on my screen,” she gushed.
The September issue of British Vogue will highlight “a cast of brilliant female changemakers who are set to reshape society in radical and positive ways.” The copy will be available on digital download and on newsstands Friday, August 2, so get ready!