has redefined what it means to be royal from the very first day she joined the family. From her tradition-bending wedding to her role in creating the distinct Sussex Royal brand
on Instagram, the Duchess of Sussex hasn’t been shy about doing things her way.
Her latest project as guest editor of the September issue of British Vogue
has seemingly brought all her strengths to the fore and resulted in a media frenzy surrounding the fashion bible. On the magazine’s website
, editor-in-chief Edward Enninful
offered his insight on what it was like to work with the duchess. “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,” he wrote.
The duchess and Enninful hand-picked 15 influential female advocates
, actresses, activists, and politicians for the issue, which bears the theme “Forces for Change.” It’s filled with interviews along with striking (and largely un-retouched) images by famed fashion lensman Peter Lindbergh
. British Vogue
also released a video
showing Markle behind the camera as some of the photoshoots took place.
The women included are Adwoa Aboah
, who earlier this year sat on a panel with Meghan for the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust where they discussed gender inequality; Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern
; actress and LGBTQIA+ advocate Laverne Cox
; actress and activist Jane Fonda
; actress and women’s rights advocate Salma Hayek Pinault
; model and maternal health advocate Christie Turlington Burns
; and former first lady Michelle Obama.
“This has been a dream project for the duchess,” one royal insider told me. “She has clearly brought a fresh perspective to her royal role
and this is very much a departure from anything that’s ever been done by any member of the family.”
The issue won’t hit stands until later this week (the official on sale date in the U.K. is Friday, August 2)—and it will be some time later before you can get it in the states. But while you wait, here’s everything you need to know about what is sure to be an instant collector’s item.