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Duchess Meghan Talks About Archie In Open-Hearted Editorial Letter: "This is a very special time for me"

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July 30, 2019 - 09:19 / Sarah Schulz

Duchess Meghan took on the role of British Vogue's September issue guest-editor and the incredible work she's been doing has been unbelievable. She has now revealed in a candid letter, just how special this project and this time in her life has been. 

When Meghan Markle decided to take on the project of guest-editor for British Vogue's September 2019 issue, she was also getting ready to be a first time mom. "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 wrote.

Duchess of Sussex, Patron of Smart Works, in the workroom of the Smart Works London office.
Duchess of Sussex, Patron of Smart Works, in the workroom of the Smart Works London office.

Duchess Meghan: "It's a very special time for me" 

"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," Meghan wrote about her time collaborating with British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful. 

Meghan Markle: Patronage of Smart Works

Duchess Meghan met Edward for the first time in January to collaborate about her royal patronage, Smart Works, which is very women-focused. Meghan ran a online lifestyle blog for years called The Tig before she married Prince Harry and chose to shut it down, so it's clear she has a love for writing. Meghan and Edward connected as like-minded thinkers and writers and had a "promising pow wow" for what they could do with the cover of the 2019 September issue.

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To watch the full #ForcesForChange video for the September Issue of @BritishVogue, guest edited by The Duchess of Sussex, please visit our IGTV. Her Royal Highness is the first Guest Editor for British Vogue's September Issue and for the last seven months has worked to create an issue of inclusivity and inspiration, focusing on what connects us rather than what divides us. Fifteen women were chosen for the cover including New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who generously lent her time to support The Duchess in this important issue. The women first met last autumn during Their Royal Highness' official tour of New Zealand. Above, PM Ardern says: "One change that I've noticed over the course of my career, is just how polarised the world is now. I do think there is a solution to that though, and that's ultimately us coming back to the humanity that we all share." Thank you PM Ardern for being an amazing force for change. For more details on this special project, please see previous post and stay tuned for more updates throughout the week.

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British Vogue September Issue: "Forces for Change" 

The result is the "Forces for Change" cover, which features 15 trailblazing women from actresses to models to politicians and authors. Each woman is striving to make some kind of positive change in the world from diversity to mental health, climate change and even voting rights. We absolutely cannot wait to see what's inside the September 2019 issue of British Vogue and all the amazing hard work and dedication that Duchess Meghan put into this incredible project all while becoming a new mother herself. 

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We are proud to announce that Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Sussex is the Guest Editor for the September issue of @BritishVogue. For the past seven months, The Duchess has curated the content with British Vogue's Editor-in-Chief Edward Enninful to create an issue that highlights the power of the collective. They have named the issue: "Forces for Change" For the cover, The Duchess chose a diverse selection of women from all walks of life, each driving impact and raising the bar for equality, kindness, justice and open mindedness. The sixteenth space on the cover, a mirror, was included so that when you hold the issue in your hands, you see yourself as part of this collective. The women on the cover include: @AdwoaAboah @AdutAkech @SomaliBoxer @JacindaArdern @TheSineadBurke @Gemma_Chan @LaverneCox @JaneFonda @SalmaHayek @FrankieGoesToHayward @JameelaJamilOfficial @Chimamanda_Adichie @YaraShahidi @GretaThunberg @CTurlington We are excited to announce that within the issue you'll find: an exclusive interview between The Duchess and former First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama, a candid conversation between The Duke of Sussex and Dr Jane Goodall, inspirational articles written by Brené Brown, Jameela Jamil and many others. Equally, you'll find grassroots organisations and incredible trailblazers working tirelessly behind the scenes to change the world for the better. "Guest Editing the September issue of British Vogue has been rewarding, educational and inspiring. To deep dive into this process, working quietly behind the scenes for so many months, I am happy to now be able to share what we have created. A huge thanks to all of the friends who supported me in this endeavour, lending their time and energy to help within these pages and on the cover. Thank you for saying "Yes!" - and to Edward, thank you for this wonderful opportunity." - The Duchess of Sussex #ForcesForChange

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