Ever since the official Instagram account for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced Meghan’s collaboration with Vogue, her work as a guest editor for the magazine’s highly-anticipated September edition has gained a lot of attention from the media—but for all the wrong reasons. What is the Meghan Markle Vogue criticism all about?
Though the issue hasn’t been released yet, Meghan has received a number of scathing criticisms from British celebrities and the media for her female empowerment-themed work on as the first guest editor of the 103-year-old fashion magazine.
The issue, titled “Forces of Change,” features a diverse set of 15 women handpicked by the Duchess herself, each fighting for a more equal, open-minded, compassionate world through activism, campaigning, and power of the written word.
Upon seeing the issue’s cover, Good Morning Britain co-anchor Piers Morgan called the Duchess’s work a “hypocritical super-woke Vogue stunt” in a fiery Daily Mail editorial. Furious over Meghan’s choice to feature NBC’s The Good Place actress and body positivity campaigner Jameela Jamil—whose Twitter history with Morgan can be best described as hostile—Morgan simultaneously attacked both women via Twitter. In a tweet stating how Jamil was — “‘one of Meghan’s ‘kind & inspiring’ female-empowering Vogue ‘heroines’” — Morgan accused the actress of having made countless, severely misogynistic comments against her fellow female celebs in the past.
Jamil clapped back with an even fiercer response: “My PINNED tweet is all of the mistakes I made, owning up to being problematic when I was young. I have nothing to hide. You are old, and still a problematic slut-shaming, fat-shaming, misogynist, irrelevant sh*t stain, smeared across our country.”
Morgan’s dive back into Jamil’s admittedly controversial past behavior is a clear attempt to further attack Meghan for her decision to not seem “boastful” in Vogue’s esteemed September issue. Ironically, Meghan’s choice to create a more substantive piece, promoting social change and female solidarity, has generated more significantly more hate than praise.
Other members of the British media have looked for ways to discredit Meghan’s work, criticizing her for not including the Queen or any doctors, nurses, teachers, or lawyers in her list of women she admires.
Author Lady Colin Campbell, known for her three books on the British Royal family, including a Princess Diana biography, chimed in. She called Meghan “cheap, irresponsible, and vulgar” for her Vogue collaboration. Earlier this month, Campbell also suggested Meghan and Diana wouldn’t have gotten along.
Like Morgan, Campbell expressed her disdain for Meghan’s work, seeing it as evidence of the actress behaving like “the A-list celebrity she never was,” rather than a royal. Since the role of British royalty is to remain apolitical, British media is quick to depict Meghan’s support for LGBTQA+ rights and environmental preservation in the Vogue issue as willful neglect of her royal duties.
But royals like Prince Charles, Prince Harry, Prince William, Duchess Kate, and even the Queen herself, who have occasionally expressed their views on political issues —namely climate change, the Scottish referendum, and mental health—have not faced the same overwhelming amount of criticism and scrutiny that Meghan consistently faces today.
Meghan was also accused of plagiarizing “The Game Changers,” a 2016 book she contributed to that includes the stories of 40 “fabulous, boss” women who made it to “the top.” The Game Changers authors Samantha Brett and Steph Adams were reportedly “flattered,” but also found Meghan’s alleged plagiarism a “little disappointing.”
Although designs for Vogue’s September issue cover and The Game Changers do look similar, both designs are strikingly simple. Unlike that of The Game Changers, the Vogue cover includes a photo of a mirror, an inspiring reminder of the capability of creating change. Additionally, as Cosmopolitan magazine noted, “the concept of a black-and-white photo grid isn’t exactly copyrighted!”
While British media was quick to blame Meghan for this coincidence, it remains unknown who exactly is responsible for the cover’s design.
The wealth of backlash Meghan is currently facing for her work with Vogue comes as little to no surprise. Ever since she began dating Harry in 2016, British media has criticized Meghan for trivial of matters, while simultaneously glorifying her sister-in-law, Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton.
It’s unfortunate the Duchess of Sussex’s efforts to inspire change for a better world by placing the spotlight meant to be hers onto trailblazing women she admires has met with scorn and derision. Hopefully, the seven months she spent working on the issue while pregnant, and her aims to raise the bar for “equality, kindness, justice and open mindedness,.” won’t be discredited. The issue will be available on newsstands tomorrow, Friday, August 2nd.
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