Meghan Markle shares behind-the-scenes footage of Vogue guest editorship


Meghan Markle has released unseen footage that reveals the inside scoop on her time as guest editor of the fastest-ever selling issue of British Vogue.

The Duchess of Sussex became the first guest editor in history of the fashion bible’s prestigious September edition last year, bringing together her 15 most inspirational women for the front cover.

In a behind-the-scenes video posted to Instagram, the royal got together with editor-in-chief Edward Enninful to talk about how the project came to be and celebrate its success with glittery party hats.

Sitting on a grey sofa in the magazine’s London headquarters last August, the pair reminisced about how the project began with a simple text message the previous January.
The Duchess of Sussex brought glittery party hats to surprise editor-in-chief Edward Enninful (Picture: British Vogue)
The mother-of-one is the only person to have ever guest edited the September edition of British Vogue (Picture: British Vogue)

Meghan tells the editor: ‘I wanted to see if you would help me with Smart Works [the Duchess’s charitable clothing collection], right? And so, there we were, having tea.’

He responds: ‘I remember walking into Kensington Palace and I was so excited. And I was like “Lovely to meet you, Duchess.” And you were like “Call me Meghan.”‘

After bursting out laughing at the memory of their meeting, Meghan goes onto reveal that she decided to ‘push it a little bit more’ and see if Edward would let her guest edit.

He praises her, saying: ‘In the history of Vogue, you’re the first. You have an editor’s eye. I mean, I’ve never seen anything like it. You were so thorough, from beginning to end.’

The mother-of-one then claims that she ‘left the fashion stuff to you professionals’, only asking for a Commonwealth theme and sustainability.

She adds: ‘Anyone, no matter who they are picking up this issue, should be able to see themselves in it, and that’s what I feel really proud that we’ve accomplished.’

The pair are then filmed calling some of the famous women who were involved with the issue, including British fashion model Adwoa Aboah, South Sudanese-Australian model Adut Akech and American actress Laverne Cox.
The pair got along like a house on fire (Picture: British Vogue)
Together they called inspirational women like Laverne Cox and Jane Fonda (Picture: British Vogue)

Adwoa tells them it was ‘a f***ing great project’, while American actress Jane Fonda commends the duchess for her ‘strong voice’.

Throughout the phone calls, it is revealed that American actress and model Yara Shahid was the first person Meghan wanted on the cover, while she also names Adut ‘a true force for change.’

The edition sold out in 10 days, becoming its biggest seller of the past decade.

The release of the new footage follows Meghan and Prince Harry’s move to Canada, after stepping down as senior royals.